Highly Recommended awardThe bottom line is if you’re looking for a quality general-purpose DX-format lens which zooms-out to an equivalent of 24mm, then the DX 16-85mm VR is the model to go for and easily comes Recommended. It misses out on our Highly Recommended award though due to a lack of really compelling advantages beyond existing models and the fact you can buy the DX 18-200mm VR for only a little extra. As such our advice is to think very carefully about what you really need from your general-purpose lens and how it might fit into a kit now and in the future.

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Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikkor DX 16-85mm VR video tour

We’re pleased to present a short video tour of the Nikkor DX 16-85mm VR lens. This demonstrates the 16-85mm’s design, build quality, focusing and coverage.

There’s no need to download any new software – just press the play button in the middle of the screen below and wait for the video to start; you may need to press the button twice. The quality and any delay before playing may vary depending on your internet connection.

Good points
Flexible range with 24mm wide-angle.
Effective Vibration Reduction.
Relatively quick and quiet SWM focusing.
Metal lens mount with rubber sealing.

Bad points
Telephoto shorter than some kit zooms.
Barrel shadow at 16mm with popup flash.
DX 18-200mm VR available at similar price.
Reports of undesirable bokeh around 50mm.

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