16-85 or 18-105? Which is a better choice?

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16-85 or 18-105? Which is a better choice?
Oct 28, 2010

I will be buying a D7000 this xmas and I'm trying to decide if I should buy the kit or instead the body only with a 16-85. Considering their price only, I would assume the 16-85 is better (double the price), but when reading tests (Photozone, SLRgear, etc) I don't see huge differences among them. Disregarding build quality considerations:

1 - In your experience, is the IQ difference noticeable between the two?
2 - Does the SWM focus as fast in both?
3 - Is it worth it to pay nearly double for the 16-85?

So far I'm thinking of buying the 16-85 with the D7000, but I'm not completely convinced yet.

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