Thanks so much! Unfortunately, I missed the earlier thread because I scanned instead of truly searching (I tend to do a rather poor job of structuring my searches).
Thanks for pointing out the M/A focus which I would love to have on what would be my main lens. And, I hadn't given a thought to the lack of a distance scale. I don't do a lot of night photography but it's a consideration. The 16-85 would also dovetail better with my Tokina 11-16. I had also missed that the 16-85 is VRII whereas the 18-105 is not. Another plus.