18-105 vs 16-85

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18-105 vs 16-85
Jan 3, 2012

Still don't understand why I get the sharpest images (even wide open) with the 18-105 which came with my D7000 than the 16-85 which I purchased because it was rated higher in construction (true) but also slightly higher in optical quality. I can only figure that unit to unit variation accounts for the results I get. I guess that I was lucky to get a super 18-105 unit. Anyone know if the plastic mount results in poorer dust resistance?

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon D7000
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