Reviews and Problems with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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Great alternative to the kit lens
30 May 2013
Summary: I bought this over a year ago in preference to the 18-55 kit lens, here's why: It has a metal mount which way more robust than the kit lens, it has a useful improvement in the wide angle end of the focal range for indoor work and architectural shots and makes a great portrait lens too. Some say it is a great "walking around lens", which it is, but that term implies that it is average at everything. It's not. It's better.
Summary: I did my homework and researched this lens. Reviewers just couldn't find negatives for this lens. Picture quality is sharp. Colors are good. Vignetting is minimal. Metal mount and build quality are great. Much better walk around lens than 18-55mm. Only setback is the price. If you want a good quality walk around lens without throwing down for a pro lens, this is the one.
Summary: I bought this for my D5100 after an exhaustive evaluation of what type of lens I should get to replace my stock 18-55 lens. I already bought separate speciality lens such as a 55-200, a 35mm prime, an 85mm portrait Rokinon, all of which are fantastic but not something I would really put on the body for a typical day trip where I don't want to carry any gear.
Summary: Bought this lens to replace a broken 18-70mm I'd had since my D70 days. I love it. It is versatile with a fast focus and my images have good sharpness and color. I shoot RAW but have tested the lens with several jpgs and was very pleased with the results. This is an excellent 'keep it on the camera' lens for my D300.
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR, excellent DX lens for the price ...
1 February 2012
Summary: I bought this lens to have better wide angle coverage than my 18-200mm lens. Ken Rockwell thumbs his nose at this lens but I find extra 2 degrees at the wide angle pretty useful. I also considered getting 16-35mm DX lens but couldn't justify paying almost twice as much with shorter range. If you are moving up from the kit lens 18-55mm or 18-105mm (which I also have), this is a good lens to consider over 18-200mm.
Summary: The Nikon 16-85 tele lens is a new purchase for what is now an old camera my d200,and this purchase is to replace my af-s 18-70 lens which i have never been happy with.The new lens has the VR feature which will assist me to work in lower light and slower lens speed situations. I am amazed at the difference in the colour saturation with quite vibrant colour in my pictures.My old d200 will last me a while longer now as I am really happy with the performance of that...
Summary: Several years ago Nikon finally started paying real attention to the "prosumer" segment of the market: those of us who do not shoot photographs for a living, but nonetheless want very nice lenses that are well-constructed for a lifetime of use and which can produce great images. "Prosumer" users want lenses that serve a variety of functions because we do not usually carry around a camera bag full of lenses. This 16-85 AF-S DX VR lens is such a lens.
Summary: Some background - I have been using a full-frame Nikon D700 for several years (raw files only) for theatre, event, and photography of art objects, and wanted a smaller, lighter camera for everyday use, also using raw files. So I bought a Nikon D7000, and used it with a number of Nikon prime (i.e., single focal length lenses.) I was impressed by the quality of the results, but of course found that the D7000 has much more noise at ISO > 400 than the D700 (duh,...).