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