Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR Lens

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83% Silver Award
The 16-35mm F4 VR is an excellent alternative to the 14-24mm F2.8 as a lighter, more affordable ultra-wide angle zoom for Nikon's full frame DSLRs.”

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Key Features

  • 16-35mm focal length
  • 24-52.5mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras
  • F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization, vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.28m/11.02" minimum focus
  • Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs

Product Description

Nikon's 16-35mm F4 VR lens is the first true wide zoom to sport optical stabilization, but thankfully doesn't compromise imaging performance to do so. It's very well built with dust and moisture sealing, and has very effective autofocus and stabilization systems. The one outstanding flaw is huge barrel distortion at wide angle on FX, although this can be corrected in software if necessary. As long as you can live with the distortion the 16-35mm is an excellent choice, particularly for full frame users.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 16–35 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Maximum aperture F4.0
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded blades
Elements 17
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings two ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses and Nano Crystal Coat
Minimum focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 685 g (1.51 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.25)
Length 125 mm (4.92)
Materials Plastic barrel with magnesium alloy sub-structure, metal mount
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HB-23
Tripod collar No


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Optical Quality
Build Quality
Image Stabilization
Ergonomics and Handling
Silver Award
Silver Award
83 %
Overall Score

Nikon's 16-35mm F4 VR is the first true wide zoom to sport optical stabilization, but thankfully doesn't compromise imaging performance to do so. It's an excellent choice particularly for full frame users, but you do need to be aware of its pronounced barrel distortion at wide angle.

Good For

Users of full frame Nikon SLRs looking for a wideangle zoom that's less expensive and more portable than the existing F2.8 options.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

  • Guidenet, Mar 30, 2012 GMT:
    Long Term Keeper

    When this lens came out, the usual nay-Sayers and try-em-outers were making all kinds of negative mini-reviews online and in forums. I was concerned because this focal range is about perfect for me. I needed a superwide for my D700. Further, 24 was my pivotal hot spot for wide angle on landscape images. Had I bought the 14-24 I'd have had my super-wide, but would have always been fighting that long side. If I needed a little longer, I'd have to swap lenses. If I then wanted slightly less, ...

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  • VASEDENY1, Mar 29, 2011 GMT:
    The Nikon 16-35mm F4

    Mostly used on DX and film cameras, it's one of the sharpest lenses I've ever tried. If you stop down just a little (like F5.6), it,s already razor sharp corner to corner. The autofocus is REALLY fast and accurate, cannot even hear it, when focuses. The filter thread is very handy, when you like polarizer effects on wide angle. The only disadvantage for me is the big size, bigger and heavier than the usual wide angle lenses, but that's just a small discomfort to take for the superb quality. I ...

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  • Badger1952, May 29, 2013 GMT:
    Love this lens

    I added this to D800 kit a few months ago and did a bit of architecture (interior and exterior) shooting in Provence - yes it does "suffer" from the usual distortion at 16mm but what wide-angle lens doesn't - I have also aquired DxO Pro Optic 8 software and run the images through it - it automaticallly corrects for camera/lens combinations.  I would heartily recommend adding the DxO package to your purchase of this lens.

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  • Mick5, May 1, 2014 GMT:
    Great lens

    Bought second time and really love it. i can use my filters.

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Questions & Answers


Weird distortion/blur when using Nikon 16-35mm f/4.

Hey guys, I recently bought a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 for a month long trip I was taking this past summer. I loved the lens and thought I got some of my best pictures with it. Unfortunately I got home and began looking through the photos on my computer, and found this strange looking, almost motion-blur effect going on. It's most visible when I was shooting at f/4, but even then I was shooting at high shutter speeds so it shouldn't be a problem. I bought the lens because it was called the "sharpest ultra-wide zoom" available, but was very disappointed to have this issue. I contacted Nikon and they wanted me to send the lens in for servicing to attempt to fix the issue. They wound up sending it back, but updating the firmware and charging me upwards of $200 to tell me they "couldn't recreate the issue". I took the risk of buying this lens off of ebay, and am wondering if I should just buy a new one directly from Nikon. I really love the lens and I am totally willing to buy a new one if the ...

MadTay asked
2 days ago



Nikon Lens Purchase - 16-35 vs 17-35 vs 24-70

I have a Nikon D4, and a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8  and Nikon 50 f/1.4G I am looking for a lens, that i can use for everyday shooting, as well as landscape. I'm considering the following Nikon lenses: 16-35  f/4G ED VR 17-35 f/2.8D 24-70 f/2.8G My budget only allows for a single purchase.   Any advice would be much appreciated. GD

gdrilloc asked
7 months ago


I do portraits with my Nikon.  The odd macro shot, but mostly portraits and people.  I'd go for the 27-70mm.  That's my priority, but your priority may differ. Continue Reading

PenPix answered
7 months ago

24-70mm would be the most versatile of the three. Continue Reading

trekkeruss answered
7 months ago

When I was still shooting Nikon over the years I used all 3 of the options you mention. The 24-70 is the best choice and a perfect compliment to the 70-200. With those two lenses you can cover almost anything you will see. Continue Reading

Richard Weisgrau answered
7 months ago


Has Nikon fixed the 16-35mm f/4 IR leak issue?

I'm planning to buy Nikon 16-35mm for my landscape, startrail / milkyway shooting. But I've seen some threads about the light leak issue from the IR component of the VR in 2012-2013 threads. Has Nikon fixed this problem? If so, is there a sign to identification the lens before or after the fix? Like the serial number range, or something. Thanks.

EggySayoga asked
2 months ago


Thank you for the info, really helpful. Yeah, I hope Nikon fixed it or it was just random bad batch. Planning to get one soon. Continue Reading

EggySayoga answered
2 months ago

Hi. I have investigated this on three 16-35mm lenses sold in the last two years in the UK and not one of them has shown this issue. No light leaks and no near IR spill from the VR module. I don't know if that means that they fixed it two years (or more) ago or if it is a random manufacturing defect though, so sorry that this is not a terribly informative answer. Continue Reading

MisterHairy answered
2 months ago

Warranty Information

"No registration or "warranty" card is included or needed with a Nikon D-SLR or Coolpix camera. Keep your original, dated proof of purchase from the Authorized Nikon Inc. dealer in case warranty service is ever needed. These products do include either a mail-in form or a paper with a web link to our registration page:
It's advised to register your product with Nikon so that we can send you information about future updates or service issues that may arise.

Nikkor lenses come with a standard one year warranty and Nikon Inc. lenses sold by authorized Nikon Inc. dealers will have a Nikon Inc. Five Year Extension. To register for the five year extension, one copy of the included form must be mailed in as indicated. Keep the Customer copy of the form as well as the original proof of purchase (sales receipt)."

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