Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED (VR) Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 16-85mm

The Compact, 5.3x wide-angle-to-medium telephoto zoom lens is 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. Vibration Reduction (VRII) Image Stabilization minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.

The Nikon 16-85mm is commonly used for Everyday, General purpose, Home, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Night photography, Portraits, Studio, Travel, Upgrade and more.The Nikon 16-85mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional among others.The Nikon 16-85mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 16-85mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Reliable, Rugged, Sharp and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (56),Durable (42),Lightweight (29),Easy to use (26),Reliable (26),Consistent output (21),Strong construction (20),Easily interchangeable (18),Rugged (18),Sharp (7)
Cons:
Heavy (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape photography (46),Travel (41),Everyday (31),Portraits (28),Landscape/scenery (17),General purpose (17),Home (16),Night photography (7),Weddings (7),Studio (5),Upgrade (5),Sports/action (4) Low light (3),Macro photography (3),Wildlife photos (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (41),Semi-professional (15),Photo enthusiast (12),Semi-pro photographer (3),Professional (3)

Nikon 16-85mm Features

  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables accurate, high-speed and quiet autofocus operation
  • Three aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration even when used at the widest aperture
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare
  • Close focusing distance to 1.3 feet throughout the entire zoom range
  • Rounded 7-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements
  • Picture angle equivalent to focal length of 24-127.5mm (in 35mm format)

Nikon 16-85mm Specifications

Focal length
16-85mm
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Note: DX lenses are not recommended for use with "full-frame" digital or 35mm film SLR cameras
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
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
83° - 18° 50'
Closest focus distance
0.38 m/1.3 ft. (throughout the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio
1/4.6
Number of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size
67mm
Diameter x length
Approximately 2.8 x 3.4 inches (72 x 85mm)
Weight
Approximately 17.1 oz. (485g)
Warranty
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Nikon 16-85mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 78 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp!

Very nice lens. A step up from the 18-70 ED DX. The VR works well. The lens is as sharp at f5.6 at 85 mm as it is at f8 by my preliminary tests. Slightly longer and heavier than the 18-70, and gets even longer when zoomed to 85mm. Very tight, solid zoom ring with a nice sturdy feel to it. Absolutely no lens creep. AF-S focusing is a dream on the D300. If you don't mind the slower speed, this is a great walk around lens. Overpriced for what you get, but so is the 70-300 VR. Also, you absolutel...

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Very nice lens. A step up from the 18-70 ED DX. The VR works well. The lens is as sharp at f5.6 at 85 mm as it is at f8 by my preliminary tests. Slightly longer and heavier than the 18-70, and gets even longer when zoomed to 85mm. Very tight, solid zoom ring with a nice sturdy feel to it. Absolutely no lens creep. AF-S focusing is a dream on the D300. If you don't mind the slower speed, this is a great walk around lens. Overpriced for what you get, but so is the 70-300 VR. Also, you absolutely have to use the lens hood outdoors.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as sharp as 18-105 which is half the

The 18-105 is much sharper in the center. I tested 5 16-85 lenses and 2 18-105. Yes corner to corner the 16-85 i sharper but the center to me is much more important than the edges. Much more.

Reviewed by 78 customers

 
5.0

This lens is not about the numbers.

By

from San Jose, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This might just be the most overlooked lens in Nikon's DX line-up. When shopping around, I saw a lot of criticism online for the lack of zoom range and high price. This lens is not about the numbers, but all about image quality while offering a zoom range that covers 90% of what most of us actually need. It's also weather sealed, well built, and focuses fast. True, it won't do shallow DOF and it is a bit heavy, but get yourself a prime to satisfy those needs and you'll have a great setup. The attached images are screenshots showing comparisons between the output of this lens vs my two favorite primes. These are at a 100% crop at the corner of RAW images straight out of my D7000 with all auto-corrections disabled. Judge for yourself, but I find the resolution and lack of CAs to be beyond my expectations for a zoom of this type.

 
4.0

Very useful

By

from Wildomar, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I find myself shooting with this lens about 80~90% of the time.Lightweight and practical.

 
5.0

Beyond expectations

By

from Wildomar, CA.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I am an amateur photographer and use this lens about once or twice a week. I am very happy with the results that I get, Clear, sharp pictures with outstanding color. Has a solid Nikon feel to it.

 
5.0

Sharp, crisp photos

By

from Michigan  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Use for landscapes,group photos. Photos are sharp and clear. The lens is heavier than the 18-55mm kit lens but in my opinion the photo quality is worth carrying the extra weight. My lens is mounted on a D7000 and I am enjoying the quality photos I'm able to create.

 
5.0

Fantastic Travel Lens!

By

from Minnesota  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Easy to use. One lens travel solution with my D90.

 
5.0

16-8588 DX NIKKOR

By

from Lebanon PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHY VERY SHARP WITH SOME LOWERING @ 85MM LIGHT WEIGHT WELL BUILT

 
4.0

Great everyday lens!!!

By

from Washington  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great everyday lens and has been on my camera since I purchased it. The 16mm on the wide end gives you just that little bit extra. The only reason I wouldn't give this five stars is that nothing is really perfect but this lens is close for that knock around lens that you can shoot just about anything with.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nokon lens are hard to beat

By

from Radford Va.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This lens is very sharp and covers the range I needed for my work. But the only thing is Adorama Done a very Sorry job in the way they package and sent this expensive lens. Very poor job.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Kit lens

By

from Wisconsin  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

A great lens, a solid upgrade from the standard 18-55. The lens is noticeably wider, has much sturdier build quality, and zooms and focuses great! Its sharp for all the uses I have for it. Certainly not professional, but professionals will buy a faster piece of glass anyway. A great fit on the D7000-they go great together! A fantastic walk around lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great IQ zoom

By

from VT  -  Semi-Professional

I first purchased the 18-105 VR and wasn't very impressed with the quality. I returned it and got this and am very happy with the quality for the price. The build & image quality is better than the 18-105mm. On my D5200 the quality rivals my Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 L lens. For the price this is a superb lens!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN M  It is a great lens, especially at wide angle settings. The extra reach of 16 over 18mm is significant in landscape photography.
M H  Will this lens fit my Nikon D50?
MATT H  Yes, it's a DX format lens.
Shopper  is that lens suitable for FX cameras or just for DX?
BILL M  The 16-85mm VR AF-S DX-S is designed for DX Nikon Cameras , but can be used on an Nikon FX cameras in the DX Mode. Whwen used on an FX camera the megapixal s will be cut in half.
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