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

2 October 2009
Szymon Starczewski

6. Distortion


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We happened to test several lenses with the focal length starting from 16 mm and all of them were tested on a 1.5x multiplier sensor. Just to remind you: a Tokina 16-50 mm at 16 mm had a –4.1% distortion, a Sony’s 16-105 mm distortion was even higher - as much as 4.7%. A Zeiss fared the best, presenting the result of – 4.0%.

The Nikkor 16-85 VR doesn’t stand out from its competitors here – at the widest angle it shows barrel distortion of the –4.15% value. On increasing focal length it falls really quickly and at 30 mm it reaches a close-zero level of 0.43%. After changing the sight, however, it starts to increase again: at 50 mm it amounts to 0.99% and at 85 mm – 1.05%.

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

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

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

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