Will There be a Nikon 16-85 f4

Started Apr 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Old Ed
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Re: What's wrong with the current 16-85?
In reply to mfbernstein, Apr 24, 2012

I'm afraid you're indulging in wishful thinking, MF. 80mm is not 85mm. More importantly, f4.5 is not f4.0. And still more importantly, VR adds size, weight, and cost; so comparisons of VR to non-VR (OIS) lenses are inherently flawed.

You did get it right that the Sony lens is slightly lighter than the (longer, VR) Nikkor: 445g vs 485g. However, you got it wrong about price: At B&H, the Sony lens is (roughly) 50% more expensive than the (longer, VR) Nikkor.

...Nuff said. Happy shooting, Ed

mfbernstein wrote:

Old Ed wrote:

The 16-85 f3.5-5.6 is a highly regarded, well built lens; and it would be an upgrade to any Nikon kit lens (except itself). Would an extra stop at the long end be worth twice the price, and an (estimated) 50% size/weight penalty (to you)?

Unlikely that there would need to be any size penalty. Sony's 16-80/3.5-4.5 is smaller than the 16-85/3.5-5.6VR.

Ditto for price.

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