Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR Lens

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One of the Best-kept Secrets for DX Users

Nikon 16-85mm ED VR lens The Compact, 5.3x wide-angle-to-medium telephoto zoom lens is ideal for a broad range of shooting situations from interiors and landscapes to beautiful portraits. One of the best-kept secret for DX usersI You would be wise to chose the 16-85mm over Nikon's other basic DSLR zooms (18-xx/xxx) primarily due to its wider zoom capability on the short end, and you will be extremely satisfied with your choice.

A 2mm difference doesn't seem like much, but it is very nearly equivalent to the difference between 24mm and 28mm lenses on a 35mm SLR camera. That is a very noticeable difference and enough to make the 16-85 a useful wide angle lens. The 16mm setting is impressive. It gives a perspective that is remarkable enough to produce attention-grabbing images but close enough to normal to avoid looking contrived. An ultra-wide still has its place, but 16mm (24mm equivalent) is such a useful focal length to have that it puts the 16-85mm in a category that is one notch above the 18-xx/xxx lenses.

Optical design optimized for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs for superior performance. Vibration Reduction (VRII) Image Stabilization minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.

The Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens is a compact, lightweight, fully-featured zoom lens that covers a wide 5.3x focal zoom range, and is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations. It is ideally suited for use with compact Nikon digital SLR cameras with the smaller DX size chip. This lens offers an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 24-127.5mm. It will conveniently cover everything from tight indoor portraits to medium telephoto shots.

One thing I dislike is that's it's simply a slow lens. although, not any slower than the Nikkor 18-200mm. The VR is pretty much the same as the 18-200, The zoom ring feels really stiff - actually too stiff. Nikon needs to take a look at this as it appears to be happening to more often on their newest lenses. Sep 26, 2011  ✓

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