Photozone.de reviews the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR DX lens from Nikon and finds that despite some shortcomings, this lens is probably still the companyâ€™s best DX standard zoom lens to date.
Klaus Schroiff writes, â€œIt is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortions and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms). Vignetting is generally well controlled except at 16mm @ f/3.5. The rather slow max. aperture may be a bit unfortunate because the achievable bokeh is rather underdeveloped in conventional scenes.â€
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a compact lens with a picture angle equivalent to focal length of 24-127.5mm. It retails for about $640, street.