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Nikon 16-85 Lens Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 16-85 Lens Review

“Great Everyday Lens”

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I have both the 18-135 and the 18-200, yet this lens has become my everyday go to lens for most of my photography. The 18-200 has tremendous versatility and I have made many great photos with it. However the softness and CAs around the edges is quite pronounced and definitely shows in larger prints of 12×18 and larger (I could have a poor copy). My 18-135, on the other hand, is tack sharp throughout the frame and is a great lens. However, the lack of VR is a limiter for using the lens as an everyday lens where low-light, hand held shots are often required.

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.

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Nikkor 16-85 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikkor 16-85 Review

“Nikon 16-85 AF VR”

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I purchased this lens to replace an 18-70 AF “kit” Nikkor I was using on my D200.

I take a lot of low light photos and usually cannot use flash for various reasons. I was having trouble with images being blurred even when I braced the camera against objects such as door jambs or used a monopod.

Manually focussed test shots taken with the old lens and the new lens using the same aperture setting, focal length, ISO100 and at around 1/10 second exposure, were noticeably sharper on the images taken with the new lens. Test shots using autofocus appear sharper as well.

The extra range at the 16 and 85 mm settings are a bonus and make the lens just that much more flexible.

This lens was recommended to me by a semi-pro photographer I work with and I would recommend this lens to a friend.

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Nikon 16-85 DX ED VR Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 16-85 DX ED VR Review

“just what I wanted”

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I am happy to have purchased this lens and would do so again. I wanted to add a lens to my bag that took me through the wide-angle range without losing the image quality I was used to from my prime lenses. Reviews of this lens that I read before purchasing set my expectations very high. I am happy to report I have not been disappointed. Sharpness is excellent. Color fidelity is excellent. Exposure is excellent. I was worried about distortion and lens flare and neither have been an issue. VR helps out as expected.
Build quality of the lens is good. The rings for focus and zoom are tight and responsive without being sticky.The buttons for manual/auto focus, VR on/off, and VR active/normal are all nicely placed. The barrell extends pretty far at 85mm and I havent had any creep or wobbling at all.

I am very happy with this purchase and I think you will be too.

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Nikon 16-85 Telephoto Zoom Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 16-85 Telephoto Zoom Review

“An Excellent All-Around Lens”

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I purchased a Nikon D200 in 2007 but held off buying a zoom lens to use as my-always-on-the-camera lens because there were no reasonable cost Nikon zoom DR lens that covered 16 mm (equivlent of 24 mm in 35 MM format). I recently read about the availability of this zoom lens that starts at 16mm with VR (vibration reduction) capability and decided to give it a try. I have not been disappointed. Images are sharp and color is good across the whole zoom range for pics on automatic setting. Have not had time to play with it at full aperture and manual settings, yet, but will get to that in the future. Filter size is large (67mm), but I guess they had to put the new auto focus and VR motors somewhere.

My only complaint to date is that Nikon has reversed the position of the zoom and focusing rings on the lens barrel. This will take some getting used.

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Nikon 16-85 Wide Angle Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 16-85 Wide Angle Review

“Great Lens for the Demanding-Amature or Pro”

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I’ve now taken well over a 1000 pictures with this lens and a D300 body. I’ve used it in the desert, in snow fields, in Las Vegas at night, in heavy overcast sky and indoors at a wedding without a flash. The results are easily up to professional standards – sharp, no chromatic aberrations, low distortion.

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.

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