Nikon 16-85mm is a general purpose lens designed for Nikon DX camera. DX camera is camera that use APS-C size sensor. There are plenty of DX cameras in the market from beginner (D3000, D5000) to advanced (D90, D300s). The focal length is equivalent to 24-127mm. It is capable to take wide landscape or very tall building in one frame without panorama sticthing. It is also long enough for close-up portrait or pulling subject from 20 meters away.
Like other non-kit lens, Nikon 16-85mm has metal mount. The outer shell are made by combination of metal and plastic. It is very sturdy and well made. Nikon 16-85mm comes with a plastic bayonet type lens hood.
Nikon 16-85mm features VR (Vibration Reduction) which stabilized the image sensor to prevent blurring on images due to camera shake. This lens also features AF-S SWM, which ensure fast and silent auto focus.
The lens is almost perfect but I wish it has constant aperture like f/4 or even f/2.8. But I understand it might increase the size and double the price.
Many people might compare this lens to Nikon 18-200mm VR II. Here are some differences:
Nikon 16-85mm vs Nikon 18-200mm
- Nikon 16-85mm is a bit wider, so it is better for landscape / architecture photography.
- Nikon 16-85mm is more compact (85mm x 72mm / 3.4 in. x 2.8 in. vs 96.5mm x 77mm / 3.8 in. x 3.0 in.)Nikon 16-85mm delivers more consistent result especially wide open at f/3.5-5.6, however this advantage diminished when you shoot at f/8.
- Nikon 16-85mm is slightly cheaper. (Approx. 20% cheaper)
- Nikon 18-200mm has a much longer telephoto end, thus more versatile in various shooting condition.
Based on what I read, the 18-200mm is more popular than 16-85mm because of its zoom power, but professionals might prefer 16-85mm because of its consistent result across focal length and aperture.
Nikon 16-85mm like other Nikon DX lenses is also mountable in Nikon full frame camera. But because it is designed for much smaller image sensor, you will lose 50-60% image resolution.
Overall this is an excellent walk around lens, it delivers consistent high quality result in all focal lens and great for casual and professional use.
Tips: when you use built-in flash with this lens, you need to remove lens hood because it obstructs the light.
Additional tips: The size and weight balance very well when used with Nikon D80 or Nikon D90
Travel and general purpose : ****
Landscape : ****
Portrait/Still Life : ***
Candid/Photojournalism : ***
Image samples taken by Nikon D90 and 16-85mm lens
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