Nikon DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 lens : Best In Class ?

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chrisD46 Regular Member • Posts: 158
Nikon DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 lens : Best In Class ?

I have wanted to like a couple of third party zoom lenses in this range (Sigma , Tamron , etc.) that were less expensive - but over all quality , IQ , focusing issues , etc. of the third party lenses cause pause . Therefore , the quest to find a best in class intermediate zoom lens that has high quality , doesn't have focusing issues and is "future proof" leads me to keep coming back to the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 lens : **True it is very expensive (to the point of becoming painful !) but in the end is their really any other choice for a 24MP Nikon DX body (D3300 ~ D7500) ? ... As the saying goes : "Buy once - Cry once" , if you want that one overall walk around zoom lens for max IQ that you can depend on is there any other real choice but the Nikon 16-80 f/2.8-4.0 lens ? Thanks in advance for your reply experiences and thoughts on the subject !

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