Will There be a Nikon 16-85 f4

Started Apr 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Old Ed Senior Member • Posts: 1,813
Re: What's wrong with the current 16-85?

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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