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24-85mm VR or 16-85mm VRII?

Started Oct 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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24-85mm VR or 16-85mm VRII?
Oct 5, 2012

Ok, I made a thread a while back about whether or not to replace my 35mm f/1.8G with the 28mm f/1.8G and I won't. Rather, I'll just buy a zoom lens cause I dont have one (except the 18-55mm VR kit).

I shoot DX and I'm looking into 2 lenses: 24-85mm VR (which is a kit lens of the D600) or a 16-85mm VRII (only for DX). I've done my research and in terms of VR, the 16-85mm wins but the Image Quality of the 16-85mm is similar to the 18-55mm VR kit lens that comes with a lot of DX bodies. The Image Quality of the 24-85mm VR is ambiguous.

Can anyone suggest which lens I should take? I'm only looking for Nikon NIKKOR lenses.

 ErikkaSmith's gear list:ErikkaSmith's gear list
Nikon D3 Nikon D3100 Nikon D7000 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G +2 more
Nikon D600
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