Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR review

The Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a high-tech, high-performance standard zoom for APS-C format DSLRs

Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Nikon makes some pretty spectacular DX (APS-C) format DSLRs, like the D7500 and D500. If you’re lucky enough to have one, it’s only natural that you’d want a high-performance standard zoom to match. The AF-S DX 16-80mm ticks almost all of the right boxes. It doesn’t have the constant f/2.8 aperture preferred by many but is still pretty fast, rated at f/2.8-4, complete with 4-stop VR (Vibration Reduction). It’s super-sharp and, while lateral chromatic aberration and distortion can be noticeable at the short end of the zoom range, these can be corrected in-camera. All in all, it’s the best standard zoom on the market for Nikon’s DX format DSLRs.


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    Excellent sharpness

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    4-stop VR

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    Fairly compact and lightweight


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    Not a constant-aperture zoom

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    Quite pricey to buy

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The Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR replaces the obsolete AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR. The older lens was never the sharpest tool in the box but this newer, faster zoom is a much more up-market affair. 


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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