Is the Nikkor 16-85mm overrated?

Started Mar 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Vera Cognome Regular Member • Posts: 309
Re: Is the Nikkor 16-85mm overrated?

DigitalPhilosopher wrote:

As a disclaimer, I have to emphasize I'm a "prime lens"-believer. I try to avoid zooms. I have used the 16-85mm, and I do admit I found it a bit better than, say, the 18-105mm. Having said that, I certainly wasn't impressed to the point I would justify its price. In addition, seeing some photos of the 16-85mm DPreview members post from time to time, I even notice flaws (mostly corner softness) I hadn't even noticed with my own copy.

You found *gasp* ​corner softness​ in other people's shots with a 5:1 zoom???  Horrors!  Schedule a press conference immediately.

As far as I can tell the "rep" on the 16-85mm is exactly what you've found.  "Nice lens, but doesn't offer enough value over the later kit lenses," which may be why rumors of a replacement have been circulating for over a year now.

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