Comparing Nikon 16-85 VR and 18-55 on my D40.

Started Dec 7, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP Squirrel7 Senior Member • Posts: 1,094
Re: What's the status of your NEW Nikon 16-85 VR?

mistermejia wrote:

Squirrel, how has your new 16-85 been behaving? My lens was backfocusing when i had my D7000, no problem, i just fine tuned it to -7, but now that i have my S5 PRO i can't do fine tuning, sucks!

I sold my 16-85 about a year ago and bought the Sigma 17-50 f2.8. Even after serious cherry picking and adjusting my camera's focus to perfectly match the best copy of the lens I still could not get consistently good AF performance. The optics are sharp as a tack, but if the AF can't get the lens adjusted right, what good is it? In my opinion, this lens is a failure.

The Sigma 17-50, even on a bad day, produces sharper images than the best of the 16-85. I am hoping Nikon will release a prosumer lens of this quality in the future. I wouldn't mind paying twice as much.

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