Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR £890/$1070
THE MOST UP-MARKET DX-FORM AT ZOOM ON TEST
The perfect match for highperformance DX bodies like the D7500 and D500, this is the most advanced DX-format lens in the group. Up-market features include an electromagnetically controlled diaphragm, ring-type ultrasonic autofocus and a weather-sealed mounting plate. It also has the biggest zoom range, going more wide-angle than the other DX lenses and offering the greatest reach.
Typical ring-type ultrasonic attractions include fast and near-silent operation, with full-time manual override. The optical path includes four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements, Nano Crystal Coating for reducing ghosting and flare, plus fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements to repel muck and moisture.
While build quality and handling are the best of any DX-format lens here, performance leaves a bit to be desired in some areas. Colour fringing and barrel distortion are worse than average at the short end, and sharpness could be better at the long end.