Is the Nikkor 16-85mm overrated?

Started Mar 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
martinch Veteran Member • Posts: 3,054
Re: Overrated? No. Overpriced? Maybe

Leonard Migliore wrote:

I got my D300 with a 16-85 and the lens has performed superbly ever since. The sharpness and contrast is excellent while distortion's not a problem. The only downside is that it's slow, but I have primes for those situations.

The 16-85 is generally described as a very high quality lens with a usable zoom range. My experience is consistent with that, so I'd never say the lens was overrated.

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Leonard Migliore

Agree entirely.

It might be a little soft in the extreme corners wide open, but that clears up quickly, and isn't an issue for my use anyway.  I'm really happy with mine, and think it compares well to the 17-55mm's I've tried, in terms of sharpness (which, admittedly, have a very different character).  Personally, I think the extra expense over the 18-105mm is justified by the better build quality ...

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