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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
- Designed for use with Nikon DX digital SLR cameras, including the D40, D60, D80, D90, and D300
- 24-128mm effective focal length for APS-C sensor cameras
- Vibration reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four shutter speeds slower)
- Ideal for wide-angle shots and portraiture
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-39|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 3.35 inches|
|Item Display Weight||485 grams|
|Item Weight||1.07 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.38 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||14.96 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||28 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||83 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.59 pounds|
Other features include a Super Integrated Coating (SIC) that offers superior color performance and reduced ghosting and flare; a closest focusing distance of 1.3 feet throughout the entire zoom range; a rounded seven-blade diaphragm that improves the appearance of out-of-focus image elements; and a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 16 to 85mm
- Maximum aperture: f/3.5 to f/5.6
- Zoom ratio: 5.3x
- Minimum aperture: f/22 to f/36
- AF-S Silent Wave Motor: Yes
- Vibration Reduction: Yes
- Minimum focus distance: 1.3 feet
- Maximum angle of view: 83 degrees
- Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter and 3.4 inches long
- Weight: 17.1 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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Now to the 16-85VR: As I shoot mostly landscapes and outdoor shots, the 16mm wide end was particularly attractive to me. Only 10% or so of my shots are beyond 85mm, so I don't think I'll miss the 85-200 range. The build quality is about like the 18-200 without the zoom creep. I conducted informal tripod tests of this lens against my sharp 18-135 and the 16-85 actually exhibited better sharpness and contrast all across the frame from 16mm-50mm at all apertures, with the sharpest apertures being f8 and f11 (no surprise there). However, wide open is sharp as well, with very little light falloff at the corners, even at 16mm. In the 60mm - 85mm range, the 18-135 was usually just a bit sharper (except at f-11, where they were equal) for both the center and edges (you have to look really hard and pixel peep at 100% to notice the slight difference). Given the great sharpness (especially in the 16-50mm range), VR, and almost total lack of noticeable CAs, I can highly recommend the 16-85 for a general purpose, on-the-camera-all-the-time lens.
- I noticed a significant improvement in the exposure of landscape shots (not as dramatic on indoor shots). Outdoors, I regularly shot with a -.7 adjustment as images tented to be slightly over-exposed with the 18-200. With the 16-85 lens the images came out with much improved exposure. Images just look better to the eye and as noted in comparative histograms from many test shots.
- Ditto with improved color accuracy. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much better colors were captured with this lens. Again, this is most noticable in outdoor images.
- Improved image sharpness was not as pronounced as hoped but at least equalled or exceeded 18-200 in most instances with a shutter speed of at least 1/20 sec. Surprisingly my initial test shots revealed that between 1/6 to 1/20 the VR was just comparable or in some instances not quite as good as the 18-200 across all focal lengths from 18-85. I often end up shooting at slow speeds and have been impressed with the ability to shoot so low with VRII in the 18-200 and the 16-85.
- Balance is better with 18-200. Perhaps this is a minor nit, but for handheld shots, the D300 seems slightly better balanced with the larger 18-200 than with the 16-85. Perhaps this allows for a steadier hand at slow shooting speeds.Read more ›
Most Nikon fans probably wonder if this new lens is a worthy alternative to 18-200 VR. 18-200 VR lens covers the range of this lens almost completely, adds plenty on telephoto end and costs about as much. So optical quality of 16-85mm VR lens better be very good. Not many reviews and test results are available on the web at the time of writing. I spent hours searching for test data and found only one French site that had detailed test results.
The major weaknesses of 18-200 lens - bad distortion and corner softness are clearly addressed in this new lens. Distortion is about half of what you get with 18-200 lens, and sharpnes is on par with 70-300mm VR. The only weakness is relatively harsh bokeh - out of focus background blurring.
My personal experience with the lens is pretty much in line with formal tests. The lens is as sharp as it gets. Tansitions between two objects of different color are usually one pixhel wide. Distortion, noticeable at 16mm is not very bad and quickly disappears as you increase focal length. VR works like a charm. This lens is not fast, but professionals should have incentive to pay 3 times as much for their toys. I think 16-85mm VR and 70-300 VR lenses is probably all amateur like me needs, with light and compact 16-85mm VR lens mounted on camera most of the time.
The VR makes it easy to hand hold down to 1/5 of a second. This, to some degree, makes up for the lens' relatively slow speed. The plus side of the trade-offs this lens design makes is that you get a much greater focal length range than the much more expensive, much heavier, faster glass - while retaining great performance.
Build quality is great with no lens creep. It feels like the two front extension tubes are metal (I don't know that for a fact). There is only minimal wobble at the front of the lens when it is fully extended. This movement is about the same as found in any fixed focal length Nikkor lens.
It's a bargain at $650.
Dec, 2011 -- After several years of use and tens of thousands of pictures: This lens is super sharp. It easily outperforms the 16 MB sensor in the D7000. It is capable of 24x30 inch prints with pro level results.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens, sharp and versatile. Excellent value if you can find one under $400, used.Published 1 month ago by Thurston Howell III
I purchased this lens last winter and agree with most of the reviews posted here. It is a good walk around lens for my D7000 and takes relatively sharp photos. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jjkjr
This is an awesome lens for this price point. I don't have to switch to my 55-200mm nearly as often for long shots. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sanlee