Best zoom lens upgrade: 8 tested

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With an effective zoom range of 24-127.5mm on Nikon APS-C cameras, this lens is generous at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the scale. Despite this, it's surprisingly compact and sturdily built. Extras include a petal-shaped lens hood and soft pouch.

Street price : around £400

Read the full Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review

Image tests

Sharpness Test

Best dslr zoom lens upgrades: 8 tested

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Sharpness is average, with results for centre to middle frame sharpness consistent throughout the focal range.

Fringing test

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At all focal lengths and across the frame the Nikon lens produces little sign of fringing, with mild signs of blue at the widest focal length.

Distortion test

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At 16mm there are visible signs of distortion. As the focal length is increased it disappears, before a slight pinch from 35-85mm.

Image test verdict

Centre sharpness proves consistent throughout the focal range. Fringing at all focal lengths is minimal, but distortion is apparent at 16mm.

Score: 3/5