Overview

Description by Nikon:

Compact, 5.3x wide-angle-to-medium telephoto zoom, ideal for a broad range of shooting situations from interiors and landscapes to beautiful portraits

Optical design optimized for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs for superior performance.

Picture angle equivalent to focal length of 24-127.5mm (in 35mm format)

Specifications
Initial Price: 
$650
Release Date: 
01/2008

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II (wheew!) Lens short review by J.Meyer at Nphoto Mag: Feature packed and effective, without the pro price tag.

"The 16-85mm acquits itself well in the lab and is a joy to use. The VR system is superb and image quality is impressively sharp, even at the largest apertures, making the f/5.6 at 85mm all the more usable. Contrast is excellent and the lens gives superb results in practically any shooting conditions.

What’s good – Class-leading zoom range, ring-type autofocus, dual-mode stabilisation and superb image quality.
What’s bad – The maximum aperture is f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom range, and only f/5 at about 50mm.
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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens review at photodo

"The minimum focus distance of 38cm is useful for the occasional close-up image and also means that you're unlikely to be hitting the close focus stop when shooting in tight spaces.

The Vibration Reduction II system fitted to this lens promises to allow hand held sharp shots to be taken at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would normally be recommended by the usual rule of thumb. . . . read more

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