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New lens rumblings

January 26th, 2008 Posted in Equipment

There has been rumblings and photos all over the forums of Nikon’s new 16-85mm VR lens. Unfortunately it is a variable apeture (3.5-5.6) and not a constant one…I thought a f/4 would have been perfect. Even though, I’ll keep a look out to see what the reviews are like.

I butt up against the 35mm end of my 35-70 f/2.8 quite a bit and have been considering replacing it with the 17-55/2.8 or the Tamron 17-50/2.8. I have no qualms on the quality of the 35-70…just it’s range. The 16-85mm might be a good walkaround lens but I don’t know that it could really replace the faster 35-70 even with the bigger range.

Time will tell. So far postings have been lukewarm for this lens. It will most likely be the kit lens for whatever new camera Nikon will release next.

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