Friday, August 29, 2008

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

The Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II DX was announced at the PMA 2008 and ever since it is the center of interest in the various discussion forums out there.

It fills the gap between the entry level lenses a la Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the high end (although not all that great) AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G ED. Obviously it gives up speed in favor of coverage (5.3x zoom ratio) which is surely a smart compromise cost-wise.

Nikon decided to "compensate" the slow speed by implementing a VR II (2nd generation vibration reduction). The field-of-view is equivalent to 24-128mm on the classic full format so in terms of range it's a highly attractive all-round lens.

Combined with a rather moderate pricing of around 600€/US$ it seems to be a no-brainer for serious amateurs and prosumers.

Full review Here

But at a cost of $150-$200 more I would also consider the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX HSM or the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 with built in motor which I have and both are around the $450 mark..

Nikon 16-85mm VR vs. Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Debate at

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