Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

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Nikon’s latest DX-for­mat SLRs are so­phis­ti­cated. By con­trast, stan­dard zoom ‘kit’ lenses can seem a lit­tle ba­sic. The new AF-S DX 16-80mm aims to de­liver more. It is sur­pris­ingly com­pact and light­weight at 80x86mm and 480 grams, de­spite be­ing pretty much a whole f-stop faster than its kit lens cousins through­out the zoom range. The 5x zoom range is equiv­a­lent to 24-120mm on a full-frame cam­era, and beats all kit DX-for­mat zooms for wide-an­gle cov­er­age. It’s also the first DX-for­mat lens to boast nano crys­tal coat­ings and an elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm. That, plus four-stop VR, means the new 16-80mm is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade over the older AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

That said, im­age qual­ity is good but not great, so the lens sadly strug­gles a lit­tle to jus­tify its some­what high ask­ing price.

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