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

Review Date: Jan 6, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: build quality,IQ
f5.6 on the long end / focus required fine tuning

I recently graduated to the 16-85 VR having used the 18-70 for 7 years. As good as the 18-70 is, the 16-85 is even better as a walk around lens. I wanted the additional reach at both ends, but especially the VR since I do a lot of shooting in the woods handheld where DR can go to extremes from shot to shot.

I bought the Nikon new. The build quality is superior to the 18-70, but am expecting to eventually use the warranty since I made use of it on the 18-70 at 4 years/11 months (had it back in a week).

Also the 16-85 focus required some fine tuning which is easy in a D300 (once you can find & follow the instructions). Also, I didn't want to have to deal with the possibility of having to rechip a 3rd party lens when I upgrade to a new body.