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

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This compact and highly versatile 5.3x zoom includes Nikon's VR image stabilzation technology and delivers incredible optical performance.
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  • 5

    Love it Love it!!

    Posted by ZivaGato on February 18, 2017

    Just got this lens for the wide angle capability but also for portraits. In Texas we have some wide open landscapes and big skies with big sunsets. First time out i did just that. It won me over and I am telling all my Nikon friends. They love what I have done so far. Holding the lens for the first time, I knew it was well made and great glass. Cant wait to do more. Buy it if your looking for landscape and travel photography.

  • 5

    Versatile sharp lens

    Posted by D5200shooter on September 1, 2016

    I purchased this lens about a year ago and immediately started using it as my primary lens for my D5200, good size and weight, versatile focal range, I recommend this lens as a primary lens for the dx cameras, a little wider and a little longer than the standard, 18-55 kit lens

  • 5

    Great performer and very useful lens!

    Posted by AK on January 3, 2016

    This lens has been out for quite a while now but is still a great performer even on 24MP cameras like my Nikon d3200. I had tried the 18-200mm VR II as I had read so many positive reviews but sold it within several months as it produced soft images and I rarely needed anything beyond 85mm (and for those occasions, I will buy the Nikon 70-300mm VR later this year). The 16-85mm VR offers superior image quality and sharpness compared to the 18-200 - do not listen to all of the reviews that tell the two lenses are virtually indistinguishable in IQ. I am not a professional (nowhere near it) and I can see a noticeable difference in even good light from JPEGs (never mind if you are a pixel peeper viewing RAW files). Also, there is a nice benefit to 16mm at the wide end vs. the ubiquitous 18mm on all the kit lenses...24mm really is wider vs. almost 28mm. I also find the VR works better on the 16-85mm and it is a quieter lens as well. Focus speed is about the same for both lenses and the 16-85 is no speed demon (which doesn´t bother me for my style of photography). I have attached some images taken on a tripod in Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. This lens will be my walking around lens and daytime travel lens. I love my 35mm 1.8G for night shots and indoors.

  • 5

    great walk around lens

    Posted by skier45 on November 10, 2014

    it would be nice with a wider aperture, it would also cost more and surely be heavier than I want to carry. The VR handles the low light, so in actuality, depth of field might be the lone disadvantage .

  • 5

    A must have general purpose lens.

    Posted by ClassicDigital on October 18, 2013

    This is my ´´goto´´ for general photography. Whenever I´m out and about I never know what I´m going to run into. So I usually bring this lens along and my 40mm macro just in case something catches my eye.

    This lens is sharp from 16 to 85mm. The VR works wonderful and its very well made. The 16-85mm VR uses allot of metal in its construction which makes for a solid feeling lens in the hand. The zoom ring is nicely dampened so you don´t have to worry about lens creep. The focus ring also feels smooth when using manual focus. This lens is equipped with Nikon´s ring type SWM motor. Its AF speed is almost as fast as my Nikkor 70-300mm VR. So I hardly miss any shots with this lens.

    The 16-85mm focal range is very useful to me. I can get a nice wide angle shot, though not the same effect as a true wide angle lens. The wide 16mm focal length with this lens allows you to fit everything into the frame. But this lens doesn´t have the distortion associated with wide angle lenses.

    The 85mm focal length is a good enough reach for me. I really have no use for mega zoom lenses since I´d rather photograph whats around me instead of wasting time with distant objects.

    I use this lens on my D3100 and D7000´s. Its sharp and contrasty on all my bodies.

    If your looking for a lens that built better then your kit lens, offers better VR, faster AF speed and a more useful focal range as well as sharper images then this lens might be your ticket.

  • 4

    Great alternative to the kit lens

    Posted by Gspguy on May 29, 2013

    I bought this over a year ago in preference to the 18-55 kit lens, here´s why: It has a metal mount which way more robust than the kit lens, it has a useful improvement in the wide angle end of the focal range for indoor work and architectural shots and makes a great portrait lens too. Some say it is a great ´´walking around lens´´, which it is, but that term implies that it is average at everything. It´s not. It´s better. If you only had one lens to choose, pick this one first. Sure, there are wider range zoom lenses available for the DX family, but this lens is commendably light and shoots well indoors too. I use it with a D5100.

  • 5

    Very sharp lens

    Posted by Hoosierdaddy on March 28, 2013

    Produces very sharp images on a D7000. However I would have traded some focal length on the long end for another f-stop; a sharp 16-60 f/2.8-4 would have been preferable but none exists. (VR not helpful for moving subjects.)

  • 5

    My ´´go-to´´ lens with my D7000

    Posted by Grimbot on November 15, 2012

    The Nikkor 16-85 VR is Nikkor´s best zoom lens in a DX format in terms of image quality. Great colour rendition and clarity. Having the extra wide field of view does make a big difference shooting at 16 mm rather than 18 mm. I have taken more photos on my D7000 with this lens than any of the other 6 Nikkor lenses I own. It is a real workhorse.

    I´ve also used this lens on my D600 when shooting corporate video and have found it to be excellent for that purpose as well.

  • 4

    Good general purpose lens

    Posted by camdoc on August 23, 2012

    Sharp,good contrast,accurate colors but less than satisfactory in dim light [hunts focus].In good light resolution impressive.