Photozone Reviews the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR DX Lens

Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR DX Lens 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 company’s best DX standard zoom lens to date.

Klaus Schroiff writes, “It 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.”

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.


Published by Chris Malinao

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