AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
A must have general purpose lens.
This is my "goto" for general photography. Whenever I'm out and about I never know what I'm going to run into. So I usually bring this lens along and my 40mm macro just in case something catches my eye.
This lens is sharp from 16 to 85mm. The VR works wonderful and its very well made. The 16-85mm VR uses allot of metal in its construction which makes for a solid feeling lens in the hand. The zoom ring is nicely dampened so you don't have to worry about lens creep. The focus ring also feels smooth when using manual focus. This lens is equipped with Nikon's ring type SWM motor. Its AF speed is almost as fast as my Nikkor 70-300mm VR. So I hardly miss any shots with this lens.
The 16-85mm focal range is very useful to me. I can get a nice wide angle shot, though not the same effect as a true wide angle lens. The wide 16mm focal length with this lens allows you to fit everything into the frame. But this lens doesn't have the distortion associated with wide angle lenses.
The 85mm focal length is a good enough reach for me. I really have no use for mega zoom lenses since I'd rather photograph whats around me instead of wasting time with distant objects.
I use this lens on my D3100 and D7000's. Its sharp and contrasty on all my bodies.
If your looking for a lens that built better then your kit lens, offers better VR, faster AF speed and a more useful focal range as well as sharper images then this lens might be your ticket.
October 19, 2013
Very sharp lens
Produces very sharp images on a D7000. However I would have traded some focal length on the long end for another f-stop; a sharp 16-60 f/2.8-4 would have been preferable but none exists. (VR not helpful for moving subjects.)
March 29, 2013
My "go-to" lens with my D7000
The Nikkor 16-85 VR is Nikkor's best zoom lens in a DX format in terms of image quality. Great colour rendition and clarity. Having the extra wide field of view does make a big difference shooting at 16 mm rather than 18 mm. I have taken more photos on my D7000 with this lens than any of the other 6 Nikkor lenses I own. It is a real workhorse.
I've also used this lens on my D600 when shooting corporate video and have found it to be excellent for that purpose as well.
November 16, 2012
This has become my "go-to" lens
Purchased this lens when I bought my D300S body. While I have five other lenses, this one has become my "standard" lens that I shoot 75% of the time. If I don't want to carry "everything," I rely on this lens as my "walk around" lens. Not as sharp as my 70-200 2.8, but a easier to carry around on a long day.
June 1, 2012
good lens at great price
This lens is well-built, good images at all range.
I personally find it a bit soft at the 85mm end, but it is sharp at 20~50mm length.
A great lens to have, and if you are looking for a travel lens, choose this one over 18-200mm!
February 9, 2012