Ken Rockwell and 16-85 mm VR

Started Oct 11, 2011 | Discussions thread
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dandaroy
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Ken Rockwell and 16-85 mm VR
Oct 11, 2011

What do you think of his opinions? I think pros and semi-pros will not like his website, but as a beginner and an amateur I found his info helpful.

Anyhow, he is not too enthusiastic about the 16-85 mm. He does indicate that it is a fine lens, but says that the improvement over the kit 18-55 mm is definitely not worth the price. He indicates one would be better off with the 18-200 mm (found that odd since many indicated softness) or 18-55 mm + 55-200 mm for less than the price of a 16-85 mm.

I am fairly happy with the 18-55 mm for now (not that I have tried anything better; 35 mm 1.8 coming in the mail), but was wondering in what way was the 16-85 mm better (besides the range and the build quality) is it really worth almost over 4 times the price?

Thanks!

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