A normal zoom lens is extremely useful to the travelling photographer as he or she is always on the move. Finding a normal zoom lens that combines versatility, compactness and image quality can be quite difficult, but DX DSLR users now have an answer to that in the form of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR. Read on to find out how this lens could be the perfect companion for D500 users to shoot travel landscapes. (Photo and report by Korawee Ratchapakdee)
Mounted onto the D750
The bundled Bayonet Lens Hood HB-75 (may differ by country or area)
Focal length: 16mm (equivalent to 24mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Manual exposure (f/8, 6 sec)/ ISO 50/ WB: Manual
This photo of the Wat Luang Phor Toh temple located in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, was shot at a 16mm focal length. While walking around the temple on my first visit, I chanced upon this small pond and decided to take a photo with the evening sky. There were a lot of colours in the scene, but the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR managed to reproduce all of them accurately without any major chromatic aberrations.
Focal length: 80mm (equivalent to 120mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Manual exposure (f/11, 1/5000 sec) / ISO 1000/ WB: Auto
The Matterhorn is the one of highest peaks in Europe and is a famous attraction in Zermatt, Switzerland. I set up my D500 and lens in the morning in preparation for a time-lapse movie and this was one of the shots that I got. The 80mm focal length (equivalent to 120mm on a 35mm sensor) allowed me to get a close up shot of the mountain, and get a compressed perspective of the moon, which made it look bigger than usual.
Photographers on the go usually prefer a small but versatile lens as they might not always have time to swap out another lens, and also because a lighter lens is more convenient to carry around. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is one such lens for photographers using DX cameras such as the D500. Weighing in at only 480g and being only 85mm long, this lens is compact enough to carry with you virtually anywhere while not compromising on image quality. Mounted on a DX body, it gives you a focal length equivalent to 24-120mm on a full-frame body, and is suitable for all kinds of scenarios.
The lens is Nano Crystal coated, which effectively keeps flare and ghosting to a minimum. The inclusion of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements also suppresses chromatic aberrations and gives rise to impressive image quality. Another aspect of this lens that I liked was the f/2.8 aperture when the lens is at 16mm. This allowed me to shoot with a faster shutter speed in low light without needing a tripod. In addition, the wide maximum aperture at this focal length makes it perfect for shooting stars at night. In the event where there is simply not enough light, the Vibration Reduction feature helps to correct camera shake when shooting at slower shutter speeds.
For so much quality in a compact package, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is also an affordable lens packaged with the D500 as a kit, so you can start taking amazing photos from the get-go without having to burn a hole in your pocket. With a wide focal length range, potential for both night and daytime photography, I highly recommend this lens for any DX body user looking for a great all-rounder lens.
ED lens elements
Aspherical lens elements
For more details, click: AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
Born in Loei province, Thailand in 1981. Korawee graduated from university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took an interest in photography back in 2010 and has never looked back since. He loves shooting landscapes and frequently travels to picturesque places to shoot scenery on weekends or while on break from work.