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

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f2.8-4E ED VR

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E VR

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: APS-C / DX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2015-07-02

MSRP Price: $1069.95

Made in: Thailand

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Take photos and videos that are anything but ordinary with this state-of-the-art 16-80mm DX-format zoom lens. With a fast f/2.8-4 aperture, VR image stabilization and Nikon's advanced lens technology, it covers wide-angle to portrait views with absolutely brilliant image quality. An ideal lens for documenting daily life, conveying a sense of place, blogging, low light, HD video and much more.

Photography Life Review Summary: I went into this expecting to bash on a poor defenseless kit lens but came away with quite the crush on this offering. The 16-80mm is a great all-around lens for static subjects. It encompasses a 5x zoom range with an equivalent of 24-120mm which covers most subjects except super wide landscapes and long shots of wildlife or sports. Read the full Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Review by Photography Life.

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

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length16-80mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatAPS-C / DX
Compatible Format(s)APS-C / DX
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.22x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8-4
Minimum Aperturef/22-32
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)83°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)20°
Optical Information
Lens Elements17
Lens Groups13
Diaphragm Blades7
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements4
Aspherical Elements3
Nano Crystal CoatYes
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Fluorine CoatingYes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.15 ft. (0.35m)
Electronic DiaphragmYes
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size72mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions3.1 in. (80 mm) x 3.3 in. (85.5 mm)
Weight16.1 oz. (480 g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

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

MTF Chart

AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR MTF Tele AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR MTF Wide

Sample Images

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Sungato Arutas

Can use this on a Zfc? The AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR on a Zfc, via the Adapter FTZ ii..?


Has anyone used this for IR photography?

I am especially interested in how it compares to the 16-85 for IR shots?

Steve Sanders

I’ve been using it for a few months now and I feel it is as good or better than the 24-120 which I had on a previous D750. I never like variable apertures but I can live with 2.5-4. I have a couple of sample shots I had hoped to post here but there does not seem to be an option to do that and I don’t know how to do link. It’s a frog on a lily pad from a distance of about 10 feet at 80mm (120 equiv) and then significantly cropped with no apparent loss of sharpness. Also, I have the new 300mm and 1.4 tele. Also awesome. I have decided to get the 70-200 to fill the gap between the 16-8-0 (24-120 equiv) and the 300 prime. Both FF lenses accept the 1.4 which provides some pretty flexible coverage.I see the new 70-300 is coming but I was disappointed to read that it will be a 4.5-6.3 aperture.


I’m asking the same question. This lens was probably overlooked when it was released, but I becomes very important with D500 appearance.
I liked 24-120mm on FF, and this is pretty much same focal distance on DX frames.

Ronald Hanesworth

Are you ever going to finish this review