16-85 vs. 18-105

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Brian
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16-85 vs. 18-105
Nov 17, 2012

I am considering a D5100 and I have been a bit all over the map on what lens(es) to pair it with.  I read a number of reviews yesterday and I am considering the 16-85 or 18-105.  From what I read, it would seem the 16-85 has a slight edge in sharpness and has less barrel distortion.  I wonder how much difference this amounts to in real world shooting of family pictures.

I found myself drawn to the 16-85 simply because it is the better of the two in quality/performance.  Yet the longer range of the 18-105 would be beneficial at times.  The lenses are comparable in size and weight so that is basically a non-issue.

I would love to read insights from others, especially those that have experience with both.

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Brian Miller
Nikon D3100 and Canon S100
(Used to own: Nikon D40 and Canon S30)

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Nikon D5100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
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