The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR and the Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX is the longer of the two lenses at 97mm. The Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR with a length of 63mm is 34mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX also has a larger diameter of 84mm compared to Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR's 65mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR weighs 205g, which means it is 405g (66%) lighter than the Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX which has a weight of 610g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Standard Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (DX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Standard Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (DX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR and Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX has the same Nikon F (DX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (DX) lenses are Nikon D3500, Nikon D7500 and Nikon D5600.
Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR is also available in Nikon F (DX) mount.
Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX is also available in Canon EF mount.
Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR has a focal range of 18-55mm and 3.1X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-82.5mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera. Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 DX has a focal range of 16-50mm and 3.1X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-75mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.