Nikkor DX 16-85mm VR review

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikkor_DX_16-85mm_VR/ . A six minute tour around Nikon’s premium general-purpose lens for DX bodies, the DX 16-85mm VR, by Gordon Laing, Editor of http://www.cameralabs.com . For our full review, sample images, results and current pricing, please click the link at the start of this text or visit http://www.cameralabs.com . If you have any questions regarding this review, feel free to post on the Cameralabs forum!

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48 thoughts on “Nikkor DX 16-85mm VR review”

  1. I have a D3300 camera with a 35mm lens and I am currently looking for a travel 'general purpose lens' for distant scenery + Australia's vast wildlife (the 35 will still be used for low light & street photography).
    Would you recommend this vs Nikon 18-200 vs Sigma 18-250 "macro" vs Tamron alternative vs nikon 18-105mm

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  2. Hi, I'm new to photography and I am glad I came across your channel. I am having a hard time between this lens and the new Sigma 17-70. I plan to do a little landscape, night photog, architecture, street. Which one would compliment D5100 & Tokina 11-16 for this applicatioin? Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Despite some shortcomings the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX is probably still the best DX standard zoom lens in Nikon mount to date. It is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortions and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms

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  4. Vignetting is generally well controlled except at 16mm @ f/3.5. The rather slow max. aperture may be a bit unfortunate because the achievable bokeh is rather underdeveloped in conventional scenes. If you're after a (relatively) shallow depth-of-field you should also stick to the 85mm setting – the bokeh is rather harsh at 50mm f/5. The VR II (Vibration Reduction) can help to safe the day in low light situations (at cost of shutter speed) with a "gain" of ~3 f-stops in field conditions.

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  5. The build quality is on a good level but don't expect professional grade quality here. All-in-all an obvious choice but not flawless … which is why I had to agonize a while about the optical rating but I believe that the lens is somewhat more desirable than the AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G ED although it's a bit like comparing apples and oranges here.

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  6. Hi Gordon I was just wondering : I heard rumors about this lens that the widest aperture setting on this lens is not actually 3.5 like is specified but instead 3.8 . So my question is : Is this true, and if it is does it have huge impact on shutter speeds in low light conditions? BTW too bad you stopped doing video reviews I always enjoyed them in the past. I hope you will start making them again.

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  7. Nice Reviews… I watch all your video reviews and so far i like it. I have a Nikon D5100 with the kit lens (18-55VR) and 55-300mm VR lens. I was wondering about upgrading my kit lens to nikon 16-85mm VR or the New Tamroc 24-70mm which i believe its coming out March 2012. I want to use a lens that will give me portablity,low light shots, wide angle and portraits.I want to bring atleast one lens if i ending up doing a street walking photography. Which lens do you recommend for the Nikon D5100?

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  8. I looking for a good lens to go with the Nikon D7000 that is better then the kit lens which is the 18-105mm. Would this lens suit that body well? I'm looking for a reasonable priced lens like this that is all around good and sharp. I will use it for landscapes, portraits, and jut random every day stuff.

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  9. I bought this lens a couple of months ago and i can say that i am not thrilled with the image quality(at least of the copy that i own).Comparing to the kit lens 18-55 ii, i can't see any major difference in terms of sharpness.On the other hand,the 16-85 has better coverage(much better for my needs),significantly better build quality,vr mechanism,perhaps better chromatic abberation control and slightly better contrast.I use the lens with a nikon d40x.

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  10. I cant decide between this and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM OS for Nikon D7000. I'm looking for a general-purpose lens to shoot basically everything, Sigma is more xpensive but its faster and will probably perform better in low-light for sure… then again I'm not sure how much im really gonna shoot in low-light… argh!

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  11. well I bought this lens a couple of week ago it's great! the focussing is a smidge quicker than on the 18-55 kit lens, but not super fast, it does fall down slightly when shooting things that area approaching fairly quick it does tend to get the back half of whatever it is in focus and not the front, in this case my dogs the other day, but the 16mm is great! close to, you can ge to really great distortion effects going on and the 85mm at the long end is plenty long enough for every day use

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  12. why is creep such a major issue????? surely when you're shooting you're gonna be holding on to the zoom ring anyways, unless you need to manually focus then it might be an issue, but I see mountains being made out of molehills over this issue (specifically with regard to the nikkor 18-200)

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  13. You have the best reviews out there!!! Thank you so much for doing this. I'm planing to buy this lens, but I guess I'll go with 18-200mm. Of course this is sharper, but it's almost one stop slower than 18-200mm. I think you get f5.6 at 70mm on this lens, which is too high, correct?

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  14. You're welcome! Don't forget there's loads of results and sample images in my review at cameralabs . com, and you can support me by shopping for anything at our partner stores!

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