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

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

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

B&H # NI168028VR MFR # 20055
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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Four ED and Three Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front and Rear Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • VR Image Stabilization
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 overview

  • 1Description

Designed as the DX workhorse, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR from Nikon is a 24-120mm-equivalent zoom, well-suited for a broad range of shooting applications. Its bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range benefits working in low-light conditions as well as controlling depth of field for selective focus shooting. Equally impressive, the optical design features four extra-low dispersion elements and three aspherical elements, which help to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for notable image clarity and sharpness. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are featured, too, and minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when shooting in bright and backlit conditions.

Balancing the optical merits, this 16-80mm is also characterized by its inclusion of a Vibration Reduction image stabilization system that compensates for four stops of camera shake to enable sharper handheld shooting. A Silent Wave Motor also benefits producing sharp imagery, and affords quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens utilizes an electromagnetic diaphragm to ensure consistent exposure stability when shooting at fast continuous speeds.

Standard zoom is designed for DX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs and provides a 24-120mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field.
Three aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
Four extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
Both a Nano Crystal Coat and a Super Integrated Coating have been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for up to four shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens' use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
UPC: 018208200559

Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 specs

Focal Length 16 - 80mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 4
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Angle of View 83° - 20°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' / 35 cm
Magnification 0.22x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.55
Optical Design 17 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.15 x 3.37" / 80 x 85.5 mm
Weight 16.93 oz / 480 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 4.8 x 4.6"

Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0 reviews

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Performer Purchased this lens for my recent Danube River Cruise and it more then met my expectations. Mounted on my Nikon D7200 body it made a relatively compact and light travel combination. The 16-80mm on the cropped sensor camera is equivalent to 24-120mm on full frame, a very useful range. The lens is not in-expensive but has many redeeming features, vibration control, nano coating, f2.8-4.0.etc. The included lens hood is very effective but quite bulky ( the Nikon HB-35 hood is a suitable replacement and is much smaller). Focus was fast and accurate, colors well saturated with good contrast.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Bought this lens last fall before I went travelling and it worked great. It replaced the kit lens in my D5300, and the combo worked great for landscape and even some night shots. Landscapes there were zero issues, and really same can be said for any daytime shots. Up close, street shots, zoo-wildlife - all were great! At night it also does very very well. Only place it lags behind is in stary-night shots, which is when you break out the rokkinon. That said, city shots at night seemed to be not far off in quality Would 100% recommend this to an enthusiast who wants one lense to travel for the day with.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top-notch midrange zoom I bought this lens as a possible replacement for my venerable Nikkor 16-85, which had been my go-to travel lens since the days of the D90. I was disappointed in its performance on a D7100 and for the past two years I have used a D610 and 24-120 f/4 as my travel combo. That is a more expensive and heavier, bulkier outfit. To my pleasant surprise, this new lens is far better than the old 16-85: sharper, better color rendition and contrast, and of course, larger aperture for better subject isolation. What really surprised me is that the D7100/16-80 combo is actually better than the D610/24-120. Direct comparisons show the DX combo to be sharper and with better contrast. Nikon has produces a new DX standard.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shelved my 17-55DX for this and not looking back. I've used my Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55 lens for years.� I love it and I'm not trading it in.� But I needed a little more reach and really needed VR for some inside venue shots.� This little gem is the ticket.� Yes, I lose a little bokeh with it, but when I'm shooting a play or a formal ceremony where I can't use flash, I'll take the VR and this lens over my 17-55.� It's lighter, gets great shots and has more reach (both wide and mid-tele).� I've not measured the technical details of this lens, but for my shooting� (which usually results in 8x10 or 11x14 enlargements), this is very, very good for that purpose.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nikkor 16-80 plastic muffin I purchased both this Nikon lens and the Sigma 24-105, and took comparive shots with both lens brought the imagines into Lightroom and did side by side comparison. All the findings have been explained away by many good YouTube video reviews. Dark corners, not as sharp in the corners with barrel distortion at the wide apertures. But if this not important to you and you want to pay more money ... have at it. BTW I personally didn't like the built quality, having said all this it does take good imagines at f2.8, I found that the sigma 24-105 didnt have all the issues I was concern with. Oh I forget... it wasn't as quiet as the Sigma in video mode too.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The latest DX lens technology; really versatile This lens should attract more attention now that it is the kit lens for the new D500 (at no discount for the combination). I bought it earlier as an upgrade to my very useful 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom; the 16-80mm has the very latest in Nikon DX lens technology and gains a half-stop to a full stop over its predecessor. The range (24mm to 120mm equivalent in full frame) more than duplicates the coverage of the two primes I used with Nikon DSLRs beginning in the 1960s: the 35mm f/2 and the glorious 105mm f/2.5. I never felt the need of anything else. For nature and landscape photography the 18-140mm kit lens that came with my D7100 has a greater reach that I rarely use, and its IQ is probably not as good as that of the 16-80mm--especially on a 24 MB camera like the D7100..
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast versatile DX Zoom By far the best DX format standard zoom (equivalent to a 24-120 on full frame) that Nikon has made. AF is slightly slower than some lenses like this but not in a problematic way, just not as snappy as something like a 24-70 f/2.8. It's nice and lightweight but seems to be constructed well. The lens hood is a bit bulky. Image quality is very good and the versatility of a 24-120mm equivalent lens is great. A perfect partner for a D7200 or the new D500.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile, light, easy to use and tack sharp What more could you ask for? Sure it's variable aperture but honestly the light weight is worth it. This is a wonderfully designed do it all lens that was obviously carefully designed with a very high value for the customer in mind. I have most of Nikkor's best lenses, 600, 400 (FL versions) and the whole range of N 2.8 and 1.4s and this lens fits well within this family. If your priority is the prestige of metal construction and gem-like operability look elsewhere. This lens is about providing the customer with a wide range of view with lightness, sharpness, compactness, freakishly-effective Vibration Reduction and reasonable affordability. I've attached a trite image sample but this lens is fast becoming my always with me friend for all occasions. Unfortunately the image I've attached won't do it justice. Full resolution on a 5K Mac screen it's rich, superlatively sharp with deep colors and pop.
Date published: 2017-05-26
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D3400
  • Nikon D3500
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D7500
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