AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Excellent lens for regular use and travel
I brought this lens along with me during a trip in Europe for 3 weeks. I didn't want to have to carry my 35mm prime and my 55-200 zoom for maximum range and close-up action so I picked up this lens which has a wide angle and can also capture a decent photo from a distance.
The lens is light weight and focuses quickly. I did encounter a considerable amount of glare in my photos when not using the cap on the edge of the lens but that's my own fault.
Overall, great lens and value.
August 3, 2010
Excellent lens for the price
Balances great with my D300, good VR performance. Quite decent results in a wide variety of lighting conditions, would actually be a fine single lens to carry if it had macro. Used to own the 18-70, this lens is sharper. Great DX choice.
August 2, 2010
Best one-lens solution for outdoors
This is a great all-around lens for DX shooters. It has only moderate distortion at the wide end, and good sharpness throughout the range, substantially wider than the 18-xx zooms. While I still take the 12-24 for shooting interiors and close urban spaces, and the 17-55 if I'm shooting live performance or other indoor action, this compact little performer lives on my camera for everyday use. I rarely need anything beyond the 85mm long end unless I'm shooting birds. A well-thought-out snapshooter and one-lens solution for travel. Highly recommended.
August 1, 2010
Great (almost) All-Purpose Zoom
This zoom replaces my 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 "kit" that came with my D200. I wanted a general purpose walking around zoom, and was trying to decide between this and the 18-200mm "superzoom." For a travel/general purpose lens, I rarely find myself wanting much in the way of telephoto beyond 85mm, whereas the extra reach on the wide end is actually quite useful in tight settings. (In most cases, if I want to shoot at longer focal lenghts I'm probably looking for a higher end lens anyway). My unscientific comparison tells me that the VR is working well enough to give me a higher percentage of sharp shots compared to the original 18-70mm lens. The lens is well built. It DID seize up on me once, but the problem corrected itself by removing the lens from the camera and putting it back on again. Out of focus blur (bokeh) is not bad--not the prettiest but certainly not ugly.
If you're looking for a lens you can leave on your camera, with higher quality optics than the basic 18-55 kit zoom, or want some more reach (and image stabilization) than the 18-70, and you don't often need the 85-200 range of the 18-200mm zoom, then the 16-85mm VR is probably a good choice for you.
July 30, 2010
Best all around len !
very good sharpness.
medium boket very resonable.
July 30, 2010
Good Vacation Lens
I have mixed feelings about the 16-85 VR. It is my go-to lens but I have some hard feelings about it. First, VRII on a wide angle lens like this is wonderful -- I shoot hand-held with reasonable comfort. Then, the focal range is perfect for everyday use -- it's wide enough to use indoors (with flash) and long enough to zoom across the parking lot or back yard. I always start my day with the 16-85.
However, sharpness on my version of the 16-85 is not wonderful. It is best suited for panoramas and group photos -- don't expect to catch the twinkle in the bear's eye at the zoo. Also, the high-contrast nature of the lens produces large dark patches when all ease is properly exposed. This can be compensated for in-camera but often produces noisy black areas.
I consider the 16-85 pricey, but then VRII costs extra. The competition isn't offering anything better (from the samples and reviews I see). Keep your expectations low and you'll enjoy this versatile lens.
July 30, 2010
Great Lens! Bought along with D90 and photos quality is amazing! VR function is handy too.
One thing to mention - VR function is a bit noisy (audible noise, I mean). If someone uses it for video clips (like with D90) - camera's microphone picks up that noise. Which is not a problem for photos taking :-)
Overall - great product!
July 30, 2010
Trading this in because of poor performance
I have used this lens for about a year with my D300. It is sharp and contrasty from about 50 mm to 85mm at f5.6 and at 8. There is a noticeable fall off of resolution beginning at f11. Additionally, the resolution is simply poor in the range of 16mm to about 35mm especially at wider f stops. Resolution becomes marginally acceptable between 35mm and 50mm. In sum, if you only shoot outdoors with plenty of light (or with flash) and keep the lens at f5.6 or f.8 and limit it 50mm to 85mm, you will be fine. Anything else produces amateur quality results. Nikon needs to upgrade the resolution of this lens below 35mm and at f stops at and above f11.
August 19, 2010
Very Poor quality
I have been NIKON user from Nikon F, so 40 years. My Nikkor 80-200 zoom still works perfetly.
But my new 16-85 zoom get out of focus within a year. I am so disapointed with this. I finally ship it to the Nikon service center today for the repair.(hopefully they replace with a new one.)
I still want to beliece it was a lemon.
I like Nikon because its qualty and durability.
What happen to NIKON,
I hope Nikon will fix this issue soon,
April 16, 2011