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.
Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR Lens
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“ 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.”
- 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
|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)|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||two ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses and Nano Crystal Coat|
|Minimum focus||0.28 m (11.02″)|
|Full time manual||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|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Hood product code||HB-23|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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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.
Users of full frame Nikon SLRs looking for a wideangle zoom that's less expensive and more portable than the existing F2.8 options.
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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, ...
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 ...
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.
Bought second time and really love it. i can use my filters.
Nikon 16-35mm, 17-35mm, or 28mm for astrophotography?
I was in the middle of this debate about 3 months ago, and thought I made my decision to get the 16-35mm. I was looking at tutorials for timelapse, and going over the information I had set aside for astrophotography and realized that anything above about 2.8 is not preferred for astrophotography like pictures of the Milky Way or star trails. I'm just really not sure at this point. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I do not have enough money for 2 new lenses, as I just bought a brand new Nikon D610, but I can afford one of the listed lenses. The 16-35mm is wide open at f/4, the 17-35mm and 28mm are both wide open at f/2.8. What are your thoughts? Is there another wide-angle lens that would do an awesome job with landscapes as well as astrophotography?
To the OP: First, welcome to dpReview. If you don't take too many of us too seriously, this is a great website. :-) Second, if you have not already done so, I would suggest posting your inquiry on the Astrophotography forum. Continue Reading
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
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
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.
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
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
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