Review Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Lens Overview - Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8

Designed as the DX workhorse, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR from Nikon is a 24-120mm-equivalent zoom, well-suited for a broad range of shooting applications. Its bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range benefits working in low-light conditions as well as controlling depth of field for selective focus shooting. Equally impressive, the optical design features four extra-low dispersion elements and three aspherical elements, which help to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for notable image clarity and sharpness. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are featured, too, and minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when shooting in bright and backlit conditions.

Balancing the optical merits, this 16-80mm is also characterized by its inclusion of a Vibration Reduction image stabilization system that compensates for four stops of camera shake to enable sharper handheld shooting. A Silent Wave Motor also benefits producing sharp imagery, and affords quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens utilizes an electromagnetic diaphragm to ensure consistent exposure stability when shooting at fast continuous speeds.

Standard zoom is designed for DX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs and provides a 24-120mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field.
Three aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
Four extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
Both a Nano Crystal Coat and a Super Integrated Coating have been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for up to four shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens' use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
UPC: 018208200559

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8 Latest Price



Focal Length16 to 80mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 120mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 32
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityAPS-C
Angle of View83° to 20°
Minimum Focus Distance1.15' / 35 cm
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design17 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.15 x 3.37" / 80 x 85.5 mm
Weight16.93 oz / 480 g

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Lens Technical

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VRPentax HD DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AWCanon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Name Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VRPentax HD DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AWCanon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/2.8f/2.8f/2.8
Year 201520192019
Mount Type Nikon F DXPentax KAFCanon RF
Lens Type Lens Superwide,lens Wide,lens MediumLens SuperwideLens Medium,lens Telephoto,lens Supertelephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $1070$1840
Lens Zoom ZoomZoomZoom
Lens Range 161170
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jul. 2015Jan. 2019Feb. 2019
Brand NikonPentaxCanon


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