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My Take on the new Nikon 16-85 VR Lens

Ramesses

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Ramesses Registered since 29th Mar 2007
Tue 04-Mar-08 07:38 PM | edited Tue 04-Mar-08 07:50 PM by Ramesses

My Take on the new Nikon 16-85 VR Lens

Hi:

The following are my preliminary impressions and thoughts on the 16-85 VR. I am very impressed with the quality of photos it reproduces. IMHO, it does not take a back seat to the 14-24. However, it is a very slow lens.

16mm – f/3.5
20mm – f/3.8
24mm – f/4
28mm – f/4.2
35mm – f/4.5
50mm – f/5
70-85mm – f/5.6

IMHO, it cannot be viewed as a 16-85 mm lens, but rather 16-24mm f/4 or similar to the 12-24 DX f/4 with the extra advantage of having VR throughout, but sacrificing the 4mm in the wide end. However, it comes with extra reach of 24-85mm, but very slow. Outside, it should not be such a disadvantage since I usually shoot at f/8+. I am really looking for a good inside performer 16mm (24mm DX) lens.

This lens fits me like a glove, depending on the reviews, of course. It will replace the 18-70 DX. I will also keep with my self-imposed rule of not having more than one DX lens, just in case. Together with the 70-300 VR, I would be covered from 16-300mm with VRII. In addition, it will complement my other primes very nicely, since they are faster, not doubling up on any of them.

Best regards,

Ramesses

A Nikonian in Kemet

My Blog: Hektors Blog
My Photo Album: Hektors Photos

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