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12/31/2007 07:19:38 PM · #1
Interesting.

//www.thaisecondhand.com/view/print.php?product_id=6056960

This maybe very very nice. Wonder if is real....
12/31/2007 08:16:59 PM · #2
It hasn't been officially announced as I understand it, but it's real.
03/15/2009 01:10:14 AM · #3
Guys,

Now that this lens is a reality, I want to know what you think about it, if you ever owned/used it. I see it going for $600+... and photozone.de give it 4 stars for optical quality.

Would you recommend this lens at this price? I would be looking to replace my kit lens (18-105mm) sometime in near future.
03/15/2009 02:00:25 PM · #4
Hmm. Are all Nikon experts on vacation?
03/15/2009 02:14:19 PM · #5
Hi Prash, I'm no Nikon expert, but I did get the 16-85 to go with my D80 and like it very much. That said, it is still a consumer zoom and from what I've read not that much of an upgrade over the 18-105. Had the 18-105 been out at the time, I may have gone that route with a sigma 10-20 for wider. The question really is what do you expect from replacing you 18-105?
03/15/2009 02:30:40 PM · #6
Originally posted by maynerd12:

Hi Prash, I'm no Nikon expert, but I did get the 16-85 to go with my D80 and like it very much. That said, it is still a consumer zoom and from what I've read not that much of an upgrade over the 18-105. Had the 18-105 been out at the time, I may have gone that route with a sigma 10-20 for wider. The question really is what do you expect from replacing you 18-105?


Thanks.

I am seeking more edge to edge sharpness at wide angles. Is it unreasonable to expect with 16-85mmVR?
03/15/2009 02:41:42 PM · #7
I'm not an expert, but I would think if you want edge to edge sharpness, you'd be better off purchasing a fixed focal length prime lens. You'll always have some compromise with a zoom, though they are a lot better now.

I am in search of the best zoom in a similar range. Haven't made a decision yet.
03/15/2009 02:44:09 PM · #8
Originally posted by reephoto:

I'm not an expert, but I would think if you want edge to edge sharpness, you'd be better off purchasing a fixed focal length prime lens. You'll always have some compromise with a zoom, though they are a lot better now.

I am in search of the best zoom in a similar range. Haven't made a decision yet.


I agree that a fixed prime might be my best bet for optical quality. Lets say one wants something in between the kit lens and the tack-sharp primes, is 16-85 one of them?
03/15/2009 02:52:43 PM · #9
Originally posted by Prash:

Originally posted by maynerd12:

Hi Prash, I'm no Nikon expert, but I did get the 16-85 to go with my D80 and like it very much. That said, it is still a consumer zoom and from what I've read not that much of an upgrade over the 18-105. Had the 18-105 been out at the time, I may have gone that route with a sigma 10-20 for wider. The question really is what do you expect from replacing you 18-105?


Thanks.

I am seeking more edge to edge sharpness at wide angles. Is it unreasonable to expect with 16-85mmVR?


Sharpness is good, but, it is still a consumer zoom so probably not much different from what you have. Here are a couple at 16mm from my portfolio. They've both been resized and cropped a little so don't know how much value they have for you.

677124.jpg
16mm, f3.5, 1/1600, iso100

674468.jpg
16mm, f8, 1/15, iso800

03/15/2009 03:40:34 PM · #10
Originally posted by maynerd12:

Originally posted by Prash:

Originally posted by maynerd12:

Hi Prash, I'm no Nikon expert, but I did get the 16-85 to go with my D80 and like it very much. That said, it is still a consumer zoom and from what I've read not that much of an upgrade over the 18-105. Had the 18-105 been out at the time, I may have gone that route with a sigma 10-20 for wider. The question really is what do you expect from replacing you 18-105?


Thanks.

I am seeking more edge to edge sharpness at wide angles. Is it unreasonable to expect with 16-85mmVR?


Sharpness is good, but, it is still a consumer zoom so probably not much different from what you have. Here are a couple at 16mm from my portfolio. They've both been resized and cropped a little so don't know how much value they have for you.

677124.jpg
16mm, f3.5, 1/1600, iso100

674468.jpg
16mm, f8, 1/15, iso800


Thanks for sharing these, David!
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