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Nikon 16-85 DX VR lens

rbeal

Cheltenham, UK
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rbeal Registered since 16th Aug 2006
Mon 17-Mar-08 12:04 PM

I finally decided that this was the right choice for me, and it has arrived. It will replace my 18-70. First impressions:

- very similar in size and weight to the 12-24, at least until you zoom.

- zoom ring is nice and firm, no creep. (I used to have the old 24-120 and that didn't just creep, it would shoot in and out at the slightest opportunity)

- with a D300 and using the built-in flash you MUST take the lens hood off unless you are zoomed in to about 28mm. The flash doesn't reach the corners at 16mm, zoom in to 18 to 20.

- the VR works. I know Nikon claim 4 stops, for the quality I expect I would say 2 stops to be safe. A quick test shows good results handheld at 1/8 sec at 16mm and 1/30 at 85mm with the VR on. Without VR I need 1/30 at 16mm and 1/125 at 85mm.

- Focus works fine, very fast.

- It is marvellous to get the extra at the wide end. 16mm to me is far better than 18mm. It means that when I go out with just one lens, I won't miss the 12-24 so much.

- I had a worrying blob in the same place on several photos, with was worse when the aperture was smaller. It was larger than normal sensor dust, and I was worried. Until I looked at the front of the lens, where a large black speck had landed. This has alerted me to the extra need for care keeping the lens surface clean when using very wide angles.

- This isn't a scientific test, but I'm very happy with it so far.

Finally, for anyone in the UK, I got it for a total of £399 including delivery from www.ajpurdy.co.uk which was the best price I could find. This was one time when a local supplier was cheaper than getting it from Hong Kong.

My 18-70 will soon be sold on eBay. It isn't worth much - I will be lucky to get £90.


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