Gold stan­dard?

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I re­fer to your Big Test on stan­dard zoom lenses ( N-Photo 73) and wish to ex­press some con­cern at the qual­ity – or lack thereof – of the stan­dard zooms avail­able for DX-for­mat Nikons. I cur­rently use a Nikon D5100 and a Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, both pur­chased in 2012. I was con­sid­er­ing up­grad­ing this lens to one with a sim­i­lar fo­cal range but wider max­i­mum aper­ture. How­ever, I noted from your com­par­isons that the Tam­ron and Sigma DX zooms use non-ring-type fo­cus­ing sys­tems, com­pared to the ring-type sys­tem of the lat­est Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens. This lat­ter lens would nor­mally have been my up­grade choice, but its over­all per­for­mance would seem to be medi­ocre at best – es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the high price tag (£890/$1070).

I would be in­ter­ested to hear if you are aware of any other man­u­fac­turer about to re­lease a DX mid-range zoom lens in the near fu­ture that I could con­sider, as I don’t believe the new Nikon 16-80mm lens to be a worth­while up­grade for my 16-85mm For a pre­mium-qual­ity stan­dard zoom, there’s Nikon’s pro­fes­sional-grade, con­stant-aper­ture AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G, although it’s com­par­a­tively ex­pen­sive at around £1350/$1500. We didn’t fea­ture it in the re­cent Big Test as it’s a rel­a­tively old lens that dates back to 2004. For the D5100, we’d rec­om­mend stick­ing with the 1685mm VR that you al­ready own.

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