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Got the new 16-85 VR in Switzerland today

aerobat

Büren, CH
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aerobat Registered since 05th May 2006
Fri 29-Feb-08 08:21 PM | edited Fri 29-Feb-08 09:01 PM by aerobat

The 16-85 VR was available since a few days in Switzerland. An online shop near me had it and I could even pick it up rather than have it sent by post. I've had my 18-200 VR for 1 1/2 years and I've shot around 10'000 pictures with it on my D50. I appreciated it on my trips for being a one lens solution. But lately I got a bit tired of the creep getting worse and the wobbly feel of it. So I thought to give the 16-85 a try. This lens won't creep and is built a lot better. The zoom is stiffer but I guess it will become smoother after some usage. The front lens stands a bit off of the barrel rather than being held by a metal ring. This will facilitate cleaning in the corners. It's noticeably smaller and lighter even though I didn't expect a big difference looking at the specs. That's always welcome for usage on trips. The AF is a bit faster and works precise. The VR works as good as on the 18-200 but is more silent. These are my very first impressions. Below three pictures, 1. at 16, 2. & 3. at 85 mm. I'll post some more soon to show it's capabilities. I'll try to asses sharpness, CA, bokeh, flare and gosting next.

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Daniel Diggelmann
A Swiss Nikonian

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