Very good DX landscape lens needed

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Chips Pringle
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Very good DX landscape lens needed
11 months ago

I'm getting away from full frame and sticking with DX crop bodies like the d5200 and d7100. I've done plenty of reading on this that and the other, I really wonder if I should go with the highly admired f2.8 17-55 DX lens, or save a little $$ with the 16-85, which I think is a 3.5-5.6 variable aperture. On a landscape lens I don't see the need for 2.8 or even f4, but I do want good glass and good images. Is there much difference in image quality between these two lenses or perhaps another that I've failed to mention? I'm needing a good landscape lens ASAP. What's your recommendation?
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