After using DPR's AF-S DX 16-85 VR on a joint photoshoot last March, I was impressed with its sharpness and since then I've hankered after one of my own. Well, as luck would have it one popped up on the 'bay the other day; it was described as pristine and in perfect working order, and the buy-it-now price was reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable). I'm sure you can guess the rest.

Would you believe Australia Post delivered it today, Sunday? I thought they only worked a 5-day week! Anyway, the seller was truthful; the lens is indistinguishable from new, it arrived complete with box, hood, pouch and manual, and a quick test run confirmed it was working OK (I've been a bit paranoid about the focussing issues some folks seem to be having with their D7000s). Here's a few quick-and-dirty sample photos (all with D7000, handheld, VR on, and some light sharpening applied):

1. Focal length=16mm, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100

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2. Focal length=85mm, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100

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3. Focal length=85mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100 (crop).

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(I particularly like the smooth bokeh in this particular shot. The 16-85 is not a macro lens so I was pleased to get a half-decent close-up on this little fellow, whose body was about 3-4mm long.)

So far, so good; colour and contrast seem great, focussing is spot on, resolution fine. Now, the problem is, do I keep my beloved 18-200 VR?