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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Lowest Price: £524.94

Manufacturer's Description:

"The new high-power zoom DX-Nikkor lens boasts a focal length range of 16 to 85mm, which makes it ideal for a broad range of shooting situations, including parties and other indoor events as well as building, portrait and scenery shots. When mounted on any DX-format Nikon digital SLR camera, the picture angle is equivalent to that produced by a 24 to 127.5mm focal length lens on a 35mm film or Nikon FX-format camera.

An ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) built into the lens body ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation and complements the compact, lightweight design for superb handling. With dimensions of only 72 x 85 mm/2.8 x 3.4 in., this new lens is easy to handle and carry."

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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens Review

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Review

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, an all purpose zoom for Nikon DX format SLR cameras.

Added: 22nd September 2011 | Brand: Nikon

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Quite an expensive lens, though secondhand copies are getting much cheaper now, but one, for me at least, offers a really useful equivalent 24-127mm, taking in genuine wide angle for proper landscapes and architecture, yet with the ability to zoom a fair way in.

While not being able to zoom right the way up to real telephoto, this lesser (but still generous) focal range allows for a nicely compact and well balanced (and useful 67mm filters) lens that can be carried about all day.

The best part is the genuinely fine optical performance - at its widest nothing short of excellent - very suitable for detailed landscapes - and even at f5.6 and 85mm, you won't be able to complain too much either. I prefer to not shoot wider than f5.6 by habit rather than necessity though I always try to shy away from the very widest apertures with almost all lenses. With the help of the VR you can get some nice blue hour dusk shots, handheld at around f4 and 1/13 or 1/15th second, easy.

Though noticeably wider than my 18-200mm Nikkor, the barrel distortion is considerably less at 16mm than the other Nikkor at 18mm! You only really need to correct this in processing if and when it's noticeable in straight lines at the edge in architecture shots. The same applies to the long end, too, but with small amounts of pincushion, again, rarely noticeable, let alone obvious, making this lens a much better walkabout lens in and about towns and cities.

It is rather expensive and it is slow, better suited to daylight shooting, where it excels. The new, faster but even more expensive Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4 may well be now the new standard to aspire to, but this older, tried and tested and always highly rated evergreen still brings home the pictures, each and every time. I use it a lot, still after the four years of owning it.

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