Nikon DX (now) to FX (later) Kit Completion Thoughts?

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Nikon DX (now) to FX (later) Kit Completion Thoughts?

I like to keep my gear purchases as efficient as possible, but have and will spend up until the point of diminished marginal returns per dollar cost.

I'm strongly considering adding Tokina 12-28 f/4 to round out my DX kit below as I've been missing on the wider side of things - and will have a basic FX kit, I'm pretty much "set" at least for "decent" IQ at FX since all my lenses will be FX or work well on FX (except 35mm which I might sell if I sell my D7100). . Total cost ~ $450.

28-70 3.5-4.5 (1990's F-Mount FX) + 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR + 35 1.8g + 50 1.8g

However, I have also considered getting a decent used 16-85 3.5-5.6 VR for about the same cost ($350-400), but while I'll miss out on 12-16 (essentially only true "wide" zone on DX), the IQ will be a lot better vs. that 25-year old 28-70, and less lens switching.

I am happy with the IQ and overall performance of the 28-70, but it is an awkward focal range (42-105) and lack of VR does present a challenge getting sharp.

I do not expect FX upgrade anytime soon - waiting for tech to flesh out further.

And thoughts from the experienced crowd?

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 mikeswim's gear list:mikeswim's gear list
Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G +2 more
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Fujifilm XF 35mm F2 R WR Nikon D7100 Pentax 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 WR Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS
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