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A great all-around lens with VR II and remarkably wide coverage.

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.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
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IF Lens

Any subject. Any setting.

True versatility and stellar performance

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.

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Superior stills and HD videos

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.

Nikon Vibration Reduction

Learn more about Nikon’s in-lens VR image stabilization which assures dramatically sharper still images and video capture when shooting handheld.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: DX-format lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
AS
AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
M/A
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Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 4.7 5 73 73
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 1, 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. Fast focust. 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
Good Lens 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, Ted April 16, 2011
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I currently have a Nikon D3x SLR camera and looking at getting a lense for it. The lense I am looking at is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lense. Is this lense compatible with my camera?
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The 16-85mm lens is a DX lens which means it is designed for the smaller APS-C sized image sensors of Nikon's DX series of digital SLR cameras. The D3x (along with the D3s, D3, and D700) all use a 'full-frame' 35mm sized sensor. While the lens is compatible with the camera, you will not be using the full image sensor and will end up shooting images using just a smaller portion of the sensor at a reduced resolution.

If you don't have other DX cameras you need to use this lens on, you may want to consider searching among lenses designed for full frame. A suggestion would be the 28-300mm VR lens.
 
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This lens is for the dx format. Maybe the d3 x could use it but only half the sensor shall be used, the pictures shall have half the max. megs in the d3 x , check with your dealer.
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You can use it on the 3x but in crop mode which kind of defeats the idea of having a D3x in the first place. If its wide angle you are after why not look at getting a 17-35 2.8, superb lens that it is.andwork very well o
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DX lenses on FX cameras provide vignetting because they were purposely made to to fit cameras with cropped sensors.
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No, I do not believe DX lenses are not for use on FX "full frame" cameras. I believe the D3x needs the FX format lens like the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens.
 
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Will this lens work on a D5100 camera? AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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Is there an easy way to know what lenses are compatible with what camera?
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You may also want to check out this article from Nikonusa.com:

What lenses can I use on the Nikon D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, D40X, and D40?
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Second part of your questions, the D5100 does not have a built in focus drive, so you need lenses with a AF-S or the older AF-I designation. They have built in focus motors. If you look up the specs for a camera it will tell you what classification of lenses are compatible but won't list them individually.
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Yes, definitely.
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Yes it will, the lens has a built in focus motor.
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is it good for people who looking for wide angle zoom lens

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Its perfect for that.
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Very good at the wide angle end. Some distortion as expected. Is equivalent to 24mm on my D300.
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If you mean for DX camera, I think 10-24 is better choice for wide angle, it's really wide. 16mm on DX is not much wide. But if you mean for FX camera, it's cannot use with FX camera you need 16-35 f/4G VR.
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Is this lens compatible with a D5100?
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Yes, I use this lens with the D5100 - its incredible sharpness really brings alot of detail to the 16Mp sensor in this camera!
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Yes, it is
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is this lens compatible for D7000?

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Here's a great article that explains which NIKKOR lenses are compatible with which types of Nikon cameras: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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Is this lens compatible for D5100

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Compatible with D60?

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D60.
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When can we expect this lens (Product 2178) to be available in stores or online?

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All retail merchants I have searched, including Best Buy and Wolf Camera, say they are out of this lens.
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as has been said before:
massive supply issues with all Nikon stuff since the floods last year.. :-( hoping it'l be sorted soon (question above) i'm wanting a new camera as mine has problems.
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If you have an urgent need I'd strongly suggest ordering one now from an authorized dealer so that you will be on their list as they receive shipments from us. Please click on the link below and then got to authorized dealers:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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Is this lens compatible with the D40x?
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It's not only compatible, it's a great match for that camera!

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is it compatible with a d60?

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