Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR £890/$1070

THE MOST UP-MAR­KET DX-FORM AT ZOOM ON TEST

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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.

Per­for­mance

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.

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