16-35mm vs. 16-85mm for D90

Started Dec 19, 2010 | Discussions thread
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arctic_haven
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16-35mm vs. 16-85mm for D90
Dec 19, 2010

The 16-35mm costs about $1100 new and the 16-85mm costs about $600 new. From what I understand the 16-35mm is the one of the sharpest wide angle lenses out there, second only to the 14-24mm. I shoot landscapes with my D90 and either the 10-24mm or the 18-70mm. Obviously I would be holding on the 10-24mm for those really wide angle shots but am looking into upgrading the 18-70mm.

I would love to switch to the next generation of FX cameras but barring winning the lotto that is probably years away. I would also consider the 17-55mm but I just cannot see spending $1300 on a DX lens.

So, is the 16-85mm really all that? Is it dwarfed in comparison to the 16-35mm? And keep in mind the 16-35mm on a cropped frame camera is going to eliminate most of the distortion at 16mm and provide a sharper corner to corner than on an FX.

What are your thoughts? Keep in mind money IS important.

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