AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Review | Nikon D7500 + Overview + Versatile Zoom Lens


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Today’s drive by review is of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. The most balanced and versatile standard zoom lens for passionate DX-format D-SLR shooters, the AF-S NIKKOR 16–85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR offers a 5.3x zoom range. Incredible sharpness, a compact body and Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization ensure steadier stills and HD videos and more shooting opportunities—from everyday portraits to travel, landscape and architecture. The highly versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR delivers incredible optical performance in any setting. Its compact 5.3x wide-angle to medium telephoto zoom is ideal for a broad range of still and HD video shooting situations, from interiors and portraits to breathtaking landscapes. Focus as close as 1.3-feet from your subject throughout the entire zoom range, and discover how far your creativity will take you. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.5 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration. And the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16–85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR’s three Aspherical Lens Elements (AS) virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens distortion. But does this lens actually fulfill the hype that surrounds it? Is it worth the price tag? Find out today on DBR!

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23 thoughts on “AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Review | Nikon D7500 + Overview + Versatile Zoom Lens”

  1. I've been using this lens for 4 years and absolutely love it … it's a great walk around lens, perfect for when I travel.
    This and a light 35mm f/1.8G DX (for low light) and I'm all set.

  2. I had the old 18-70 kit lens before which is said to be an excellent kit lens, and this 16-85 is definitely better. After breaking the 18-70 on solid concrete I had to decide between this one and the pro 17-55 f/2,8… Tried both, said in short: both have similar IQ (I saw hardly a difference in real life) but the 16-85 had much more pleasant zoom range (yes, when walking with the pro lens alone I really missed the 1 mm on the lower end and especially the 30 mm on the upper end). The 17-55 is much heavier, much more expensive and has no VR. The 16-85 has slower aperture but equals this by the VR (yes, I know the limits of VR). For my purposes the 16-85 is the better always-on, of course I have in addition some special lenses for special purposes.No own experience with the newer 16-80 but it is said to sacrifice IQ for sharpness (seems to be the fashion nowadays), has much worse geometry and is much more expensive, at a only slightly better aperture (1/2 stop?)

  3. Love your videos man! Hey check out the CustomSLR hand strap (not wrist strap) for DSLRs on Amazon. I think you would really enjoy it. I have one on my Nikon D5600 and it makes carrying around a DSLR way comfortable and it almost encourages shooting because of the ergonomics. Keep up the good work!


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