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Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

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






Jan 29th, 2008

Nikon has today announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens designed for a broad range of shooting situations, including parties and other indoor events as well as building, portrait and scenery shots. When mounted on any DX-format Nikon digital SLR camera, the picture angle is equivalent to that produced by a 24 to 127.5mm focal length lens on a 35mm film or Nikon FX-format camera.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR incorporates an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) built into the lens to ensure fast, quiet autofocus operation. The lens also features Nikon's Vibration Reduction II technology which gives photographers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. This enables sharper handheld shooting at dusk or at night, or even in poorly lit interiors.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR has two ED glass elements and three a-spherical lenses that help minimize chromatic aberration. Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating reduces ghosting and flare. The rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus background elements a more natural appearance, and the lens offers a short closest focus distance of 0.38 m/1.3 ft. throughout the entire zoom range.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Major Features

  • 5.3x zoom lens covering a wide focal range of 16 to 85mm (picture angle is equivalent to focal length of 24 to 127.5mm in the 35mm format)

  • Vibration Reduction II enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible

  • Optical design optimized for superior performance with Nikon digital SLRs

  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration while providing higher resolution and superior contrast

  • Three aspherical lens elements minimize various types of lens aberration

  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves superior color reproduction while substantially reducing ghosting and flare

  • Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation

  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

  • 0.38 m/1.3 ft. closest focus distance throughout the entire zoom range

  • Accepts 67 mm filter attachments


AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens

Focal length
16-85 mm
Maximum aperture
Lens construction
17 elements in 11 groups (with two ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses)
Picture angle
83° - 18°50'
Number of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Minimum f/stop
Closest focusing distance
0.38 m (1.3 ft.) (throughout the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio
Zoom control
Manual, via separate zoom ring
M/A mode
Weight (approx.):
485 g/17.1 oz.
Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera’s lens mounting flange)
72 x 85 mm/28.3 x 33.5 in.
External front filter attachment frame
Does not rotate
External front filter
Supplied accessories
67 mm snap-on front lens cap LC-67, Rear lens cap LF-1,Bayonet hood HB-39, Flexible lens pouch CL-1015
Optional accessories
67 mm screw-in filters
Distance scale

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