Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR User Reviews

Announced Jul 2, 2015 •
Zoom lens | Nikon F (DX) | 20055
ChicagoSam
 

I bought a factory-refurbished copy of this lens and I'm mostly happy with it. I use it with my d7500 and It seems consistently sharp and in-focus at all focal lengths and apertures. I haven't yet found a soft spot anywhere in the frame except perhaps wide open at the edges. It compares favorably with my Sony/Zeiss 16-80 which had become my all-time favorite lens but which is now part of an extinct format, the old Sony/Minolta Alpha mount. Kudos to Zeiss for coming up with such a lens ten ...

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Ruekon
 

This second review is overdue. I have quite some history with the 16-80mm f/2.8-4. At first I found it boring and too expensive, after having had the 16-85 before. So I tried the constant f/2.8 Sigma 17-50 instead -- but found 50mm too short. Then my first copy of the 16-80 was decentered, leading to a mixed first review . My second copy finally evolved to the standard zoom on my D500 -- next time I'll listen to Nikon from the beginning ;-) Here are some samples from this summer. Arriving in ...

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raidtxu
 

An expensive lens. Very. But it works fantastic, I come from a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 which is a lens that for example at F9 performs great, better even in sharpness than this. But in the rest of the apertures it does very strange things... deficient. And of course, sharpness is not "the everything".. This Nikkor .. is expensive..? YES. But it works great. Really. And the stabilizer is great no, the following. With the stabilizer it would be an f1.8 in brightness. The only think I don't like is the ...

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I'm satisfied with medium and faraway landscape shots I take on this lens, but when I try to do wide-angle close up, especially of moving or detailed images, I get purple fringe on water droplets and I don't get anything like the clarity or sharpness I get with the same subjects and settings using, for example, my Nikkor 70-300mm VR.  I'm pretty disappointed in this lens's performance.

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Ruekon
 

I seem to have a special relationship with the 16-80. Can't get it out of my head, but do neither start using it. Last year I went for a D500 body only, because I thought this lens was not worth the price difference of the kit. Then I tried different Sigma options and am quite satisfied with the f/1.8 Art 18-35 and 50-100 zooms by now; except for walkabout versatility. This year I was lucky to get an 18-140 for 300€ and am quite impressed by its versatility and IQ. Would the 16-80 possibly be ...

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I have been using this lens for over a year now. I had some initial reservations based on the price and some initial negative reviews, like the lenstip one. I nevertheless pulled the trigger as I had a big vacation trip coming up and this lens looked like an ideal match to my D7100. After one year, I can say that I'm very happy with the purchase. The lens is very sharp, especially on the wide end of its range. I used to own the 12-24 f/4 DX lens, and this lens absolutely blows the 12-24 out ...

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carcour
 

I was hesitant to buying this lens based on online reviews but still found some good reviews in here. After using the lens for over 2 months now I must say I barely used my 35 and 50mm 1.8 G Nikon prime lenses, the lens is very sharp, the AF is good but not great, I wish it was as good as the Nikon 17-55. Overall I really like the focal length and the 2.8-4 is really nice, the VR is incredible as well as the ability to change aperture in video. Highly recommended. I used it on D7100.

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Linerider
 

This has to be the best DX lens ive used. I love the focal length and the images are tack sharp. The VR is quieter and works better then my previous 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 and the image quality has definitely improved. It isnt silent, but it is pretty quiet. Ive had no focusing issues using this on my D5500. I only wish it was weather sealed and cheaper. But generally, its a great lens! Id definitely recommend this lens, especially over the the older 16-85mm

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amarc1
 

Excellent lens on my D7200, used mostly for landscape, indoor sports (High School Wrestling.

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zorgon
 

This is my review of this lens from a landscape photography point of view. Overview The lens is very lightweight and compact considering the specifications. It has a reasonably fast aperture combined with a big 5x zoom range. It's 1/2 to 1 stop faster than the 16-85mm and weight is the same. CA and Distortion Chromatic Aberration is pretty high. Strong barrel distortion at the wide end to strong pincushion distortion at the tele end. Both CA and distortion are well corrected in Lightroom so ...

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