Nikon’s latest standard zoom could be the lens DX-format users have been waiting for. Phil Hall puts it to the test to see if the wait has been worth it
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4E ED VR – Our verdict
The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a well-specified lens with a versatile 5x zoom, 4-stop VR, electromagnetic diaphragm, relatively fast maximum aperture and compact form factor. However, there are perhaps better-value lens options out there, with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS Macro HSM | C offering a similar number of features but costing £349 (compared to £869), while the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, though not quite as fast as the Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4, costs £449.
The Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4 delivers some great results, and so long as you’re aware of its shortfalls you won’t be disappointed. Its overall performance is good, with dependable performances from the autofocus and Vibration Reduction. It would have been nice to have seen more metal used in the construction, but this would have added to the weight. Overall, it’s a good lens with a lot of positives, but not quite enough to justify the price.