Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

B&H # NI168535VR MFR # 2178
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens / DX Format
  • 24-127.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to 22
  • Two ED Glass & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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WARNING: Not compatible with "full-frame" (35mm size) cameras.

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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens from Nikon is a compact, lightweight, fully-featured zoom lens that covers a wide 5.3x focal zoom range, and is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations. It is compatible for use with Nikon DSLR cameras with the smaller DX format sensor. This lens offers an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 24-127.5mm. It will conveniently cover everything from tight indoor portraits to medium telephoto shots.

The improved Vibration Reduction (VRII) system allows handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions. It minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 3.5 stops faster. The Nikon Super Integrated Coating used in this lens minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions. Three aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration even when used at the widest aperture and two Extra-low Dispersion glass elements provide superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration. 

The Silent Wave Motor featured in this lens enables fast, precise and quiet autofocus action which is particularly important when shooting HD video and with an internal focus system, only the inner lens groups move during focusing and the lens does not extend. This G-type Nikkor lens is designed with no aperture rings, and offers easier AE operation.

A compact, lightweight, zoom lens that covers a broad 5.3x zoom range, and is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations. It is compatible with DX format DSLRs and offers an equivalent focal length of 24-127.5mm in the 35mm format.
The Vibration Reduction (VR II) system allows handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions. It minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 3.5 stops faster.
Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration. Three aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration even when used at the widest aperture.
Super Integrated Coating provides superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.
A Silent Wave Motor built into the lens offers smooth and quiet autofocus performance.
The rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus highlights appear more natural.
M/A mode allows rapid switching between autofocus and manual even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag.
UPC: 018208021789

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

Focal Length 16 - 85mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 24 - 127.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 83° - 18° 50'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.30' / 39.6 cm
Magnification 0.22x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Optical Design 17 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 3.4" / 7.11 x 8.64 cm
Weight 1.07 lb / 485 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 4.5 x 4.5"

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 443.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Workhorse Lens I purchased this lens with a D80 body as a lighter weight alternative to my trusty D200 and 18-200mm VR lens. This has become my most often used lens, due to its more useful range on the significantly wider end, its lack of the 18-200's notorious creep when being carried, and its optical clarity. I have found it to be sharp and with good bokeh at all apertures and focal lengths, with barely noticeable distortion and light falloff. An all-round good performer and a more suitable match with longer telephoto zooms. It is a definite upgrade from any of the kit lenses in terms of usefulness, construction and optical quality..
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens This is a great lens. I chose it mainly for the 16mm wide angle (as opposed to many lenses that are 18mm) because I shoot a lot of landscapes and urban pictures. The lens is not too heavy and is well-constructed, and for the price, is a great lens for many people like me who cannot afford the $1000+ for professional lenses. I spent a lot of time researching this lens as opposed to the 18-200 mm Nikon that is so popular...I borrowed my friend's 18-200 before making a purchase and it is not nearly as sharp as the 16-85mm. I would definitely recommend this lens to anyone looking for a camera offering a nice range of shooting possibilities.
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mid-range zoom I have used this lens for several months now on my D7000 and find it to be an overall well built, very sharp, and with a zoom range that suits most of my needs. Focusing is fast and the image quality of pictures is very high, even at very slow shutter speeds with the VR on. The most difficult buying decision was whether to spend this much money on such a slow lens. At 35mm, it is already at only f/4.5, so I don't find it particularly effective for low-light or portrait work. But for general use, it is outstanding. This lens along with the 35mm f/1.8 and the 70-300mm, make a terrific 3 lens combination for the non-professional.
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great lens I bought it to upgrade from the Nikkor DX 18-105 VR and I am very satisfied with the choice and the performance of my current general purpose lens. The Nikkor DX 16-85 VR outperforms the DX 18-105 optically... not overwhelmingly but it is definitely better and sharper. The 2mm. difference is noticeable and they are really useful, I dont miss the extra 30mm. zoom. The build quality is also superior. I really disliked the absence of a metal lens mount on the Nikkor 18-105 so this new lens inspires much more confidence. I was also glad to see it has a rubber gasket seal. It is a superb lens that I recommend with no hesitation.
Date published: 2010-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I purchased this lens to take on a trip to Italy. This lens fills the bill perfect. It gives me the wide end for buildings and scenery, and enough telephoto for what will be needed there. I have been testing this lens for 4 weeks now...TACK SHARP!! Even at 16mm wide open. I think this lens will go down as one of Nikon's great consumer lenses. I have Nikon's 18-200mmVR, and I think the 16-85mmVR has it beat. I'm using this lens on a D80, and the images exhibit good color and contrast, with very little CA. Distortion though there,at the wide end,it is very little. Focus is fast and accurate. The image stabilization is a big advantage in low light.I would highly recommend this lens to others.
Date published: 2008-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Walk-Around Lens This lens has exceeded my expectations. I shoot with a D-300 and Nikon's Magic Three, f/2.8 lenses. They are fantastic, but also very heavy, specially if you walk around with them for any length of time. After two day of shooting in Washington, DC I decided to get a lighter walk-around lens. After much research I got the 16-85mm VR lens. I recently spent two days at Walt Disney world with the lens and I'm very pleased with the quality of the images. They are all super sharp and all hand held. I'm hard pressed to see much improvement in the print from this lens and that of my AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED lens (a lens I love)
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great replacement for my 24-85 f2.8-f4 After I got a D300 (my first DSLR) I wanted a lens with wide focal range, with VR and well built to replace my 24-85. I already bought the 12-24 f/4 to replace my 18-35 lens. I did not like the 18-200 after trying it out. Zoom creep, loss of sharpness, etc. I have now used the 16-85 for a few weeks under many different conditions and I am completed pleased. VR gets me about 3 stops gain over the conventional speed = 1/(focal Length). By gain I mean that the sharpness is equal to same image shot at much higher speed or tripod mounted. I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 since it would have been nice if it were f4, not f5.6 and if filters werre 72 or 77 mm, not this new 67mm!
Date published: 2008-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What I expect from Nikon This lens was acquired since the 18-200, which offers a great deal of convenience & quality for what it is, offered standards of sharpness and distortion below my requirements. The 16-85 is an outstanding performer. If you can't deliver the picture with this lens on your camera, then it is you that is the problem, not the lens. Offering less reach than the 18-200, I found the extra-wide more useful than the loss of the super-telephoto. Ones interests & vocation determine whether or not a super-telephoto is a necessity. For portraiture, landscape, street-shooting, or event photography, the parameters of this lens have you covered. The best overall lens I've ever used for the DX format.
Date published: 2010-03-04
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D3400
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D90
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