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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Hot

 
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Overview

Highly portable, powerful zoom lens with high-quality optics designed for use with Nikon DX Format digital SLRs. With a 5.3X zoom and 16-85mm focal range, this lens delivers superb versatility for a wide variety of shooting situations. Equipped with Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction (VRII) system and exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM), it offers superb performance in low-light, delivering steady images to both the sensor and viewfinder, and features fast, quiet autofocus. An ideal all-round lens for today’s high-resolution SLRs.

  • Powerful 5.3x zoom with wide 16-85mm focal range (35mm equivalent: 24 to 127.5mm), perfect for everything from portraits to interiors, architecture and landscapes.
  • Second-generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) stabilization system enables more flexible hand-held shooting and lets you use shutter speeds that are up to 4 times slower.
  • Exceptionally high optical performance: designed specifically for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR sensors.
  • Closest-focusing distance: 0.38m.
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and Aspherical lens elements ensure high resolution and contrast while minimizing spherical aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion.
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, whisper-quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating greatly reduces ghosting and flare and ensures outstanding color reproduction.
  • Compatible with 67mm filter attachments.

 

Focal length 16-85 mm

Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.6

Minimum aperture f/22-36

Lens construction 17 elements in 11 groups (with two ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses)

Picture angle 83deg - 18deg50

Closest focus distance 0.38 m/1.3 ft. (throughout the entire zoom range)

Maximum reproduction ratio 1/4.6 No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)

Filter/attachment size 67 mm Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 72 x 85 mm/2.8 x 3.4 in.

Weight Approx. 485 g/17.1 oz

Supplied accessories 67 mm snap-on front lens cap LC-67, Rear lens cap LF-1,Bayonet hood HB-39, Flexible lens pouch CL-1015

Optional accessories 67 mm screw-in filters

Lens Specifications

Generic Lens Specifications

Lens Type Zoom
IS / VR / OS VR
Nikon DX lens Yes
Min Focal Length (mm) 16
Max Focal Length (mm) 85
Number of Elements 17
Element Groups 11
Max Aperture 3.5
Minimum Aperture 36
Diaphragm Blades 7
Closest Focus Distance (m) 0.38
Maximum Magnification 1.4
Filter Type Screw In
Filter Diameter (mm) 67
Diameter at widest (mm) 72
Lens Length (mm) 85
Weight (g) 485
Release Date Feb 08

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Editor review

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Overall rating: 
 
3.8
Sharpness:
 
4.0
Build Quality:
 
4.0
AF Speed:
 
3.0
Value for Money:
 
4.0
Reviewed by lee
February 27, 2008
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Last updated: February 27, 2008
This lens is in almost direct competition with its bigger brother the 18-200mm VR though obviously slightly shorted and has yet to gain the popularity of the 18-200mm VR. Though the 16-85mm appears to display much less distortion then the 18-200mm VR. This could be a good option if the 18-200mm VR has justto much distortion for you needs

The build quality is good as you would expect from Nikon, the zoom ring has a nice feel to it and does not slip or feel clunky .

Sharpness is also good for this lens and in the same ball park as the 18-200mm VR. I was slightly surprised at this as I though the 16-85mm was going to be better.

The 16-85mm is a good all round lens for the price and if you feel the 18-200mm VR is a bit over the top for your work then this will fill its boot adequately.

Conclusions at a glance

Would you recommend this Item Yes
Pros Sharp, good zoom, build quality
Cons Slight distortion, but only slight.
 
 


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LOVE IT !!

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Reviewed on: February 20, 2015
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The best kit lens for all srop Nikon's

 

Five Stars

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Reviewed on: February 17, 2015
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Excellent walk around lens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125722057@N02/sets/72157647917016664/

 

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Reviewed on: February 07, 2015
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It has worked out to be the lens we needed for banquets and portraits

 

Four Stars

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Reviewed on: January 16, 2015
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Very good results so far. Compact design. Make sure you attach hood correctly till it 'clicks' in place.

 

Great glass

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Excelent lens.

 
 
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