With an effective zoom range of 24-127.5mm on Nikon APS-C cameras, this lens is generous at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the scale. Despite this, it's surprisingly compact and sturdily built. Extras include a petal-shaped lens hood and soft pouch.
Street price : around £400
Read the full Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review
Sharpness is average, with results for centre to middle frame sharpness consistent throughout the focal range.
At all focal lengths and across the frame the Nikon lens produces little sign of fringing, with mild signs of blue at the widest focal length.
At 16mm there are visible signs of distortion. As the focal length is increased it disappears, before a slight pinch from 35-85mm.
Image test verdict
Centre sharpness proves consistent throughout the focal range. Fringing at all focal lengths is minimal, but distortion is apparent at 16mm.