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Why buy the new 16-85?

sfbillm

Santa Fe, US
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sfbillm Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2004
Tue 29-Jan-08 03:49 PM

I just checked the price of the 18-200VR on B&H. The U.S. version is $679, or just $30 more than the suggested $649 for the 16-85VR. And it's in stock.

I don't understand why someone would buy the 16-85 when they could have the extra focal length range of the 18-200 for $30 more. Surely if shooting wide is a strong preference, one would go to a 12-24 or similar, to get a significantly wider range than the 18-200. But it doesn't seem giving up the extra focal lengths for just 4mm equivalent on the wide end makes sense.

Now if the 16-85 had been priced at the originally rumored US$450-$475 range ... .

If it were a constant f/2.8 and cost $1400-$1600, I'd bleed to buy one.

SantaFeBill

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