16-85 DX still decent

Started Jun 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
Holmes375
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Re: 16-85 DX still decent
In reply to sik_photos, Jun 2, 2012
  • Better overall construction including rear dust seal

  • Expanded focal length range, many want the 24mm effective field of view

  • Better vibration reduction

  • Better AF-S technology

  • Slightly enhanced optical performance

These features are valuable to some and help justify the rather elevated cost of the Nikkor. The value of the 16-85 VR as compared to the standard kit lenses is more in consideration of its versatility and durability. All the basic Nikon kit lenses perform optically well above their price point making them an exceptional buy. The 16-85 VR will whoop 'em in terms of more serious use but you'll pay the price for it. Its an individual call regarding one's specific area of use.

I'm a fan of the 16-85 VR but the price asked for it is surely too much even as good as the lens is. Until recently one could find a nice clean second-hand sample for a better buy but the lens is in short supply everywhere now.

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