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.
Not So Good For
Architecture and interiors (due to distortion at 16mm), DX users (due to limited range)
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
Which one to buy: AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR or the new 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G
Hi all, I have a new D800. I want to buy a ultra wide angle lens. Can you help me decide between AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR and the new 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G? I want to use filters as well since I do mostly landscape photos - this is why 14-24 is not an option. I like wide angles so the 2mm difference between 18-35 and 16-35 is quite some :) I read some post on forums and on cameraegg that 18-35 is better than 16-35. Hmm...confused. Any thoughts and advices appreciated. Thanks
Most of what you hear from comparisons that say the 16-35 is better is due to either sample variation or those trying to rationalize their purchases for a lens that provides, at best, similar performance. Here are the facts: In favor of 16-35 * provides a wider FOV * provides VR * professional build In favor of 18-35mm * compact and lightweight * much less expensive * more consistent edge-to-edge performance (sharpness) In terms of IQ, most differences in sharpness can be attributed to sample differences. For example, this review, Photographylife , was conducted by a blogger who is loathed to praise any "cheap lens." They repeated their test because they were so surprised at the outcome. In general, the 18-35 was typically a little sharper than the 16-35 in the center, and a bit more sharper in the corners. However, the test performances was more alike than different. I doubt that there would be many comparisons which would produce noticeable differences between the tested lenses. ... Continue Reading
Hmm, not sure what to make of your reply. Evidence is evidence, whether first hand or second hand. There is nothing to suggest that secondary data sources are less reliable than primary data sources. Let me see, do I give more weight to your word--a person who has posted on DPReview 145 times--or to reputable reviewers who have examined and tested dozens of lenses each? To me, that's an easy call. However, the point of my post was not call your competency as a reviewer into question. I have little reason to suspect that your 16-35mm did not perform better than the 18-35mm you test. My point--which is not inconsistent with your comparison--is that these two lenses are so close in IQ, that any noticeable differences are almost certainly due to sample variation. This is better explained here Canon 24-70 sample variation. If you don't have time to read the entire article, scroll down to the middle of the article where Roger Cicala compares the resolution of the 24-70 to the 70-200 (two ... Continue Reading
Probably mainly because it's a much older design with no SWM AF motor in the lens. It definitely has its fans though, and you can find many a heated debate about it in the archive of this forum. You can't realistically shoot the 17-35 at f/2.8 unless you're only wanting a sharp area at the centre of the frame. The rest of the frame will be very soft, partly due to aberrations and partly due to field curvature. Most wide zooms have a very curved field of focus. You need to stop down to at least f/4, better f/5.6 at which point the aperture advantage is gone. The 17-35 also lacks the Nano crystal coat, which believe it or not is not just marketing bumpf but really does make a difference to the colours and global contrast of the lens. The 16-35 is always in short supply. The other day at my local store the rep mentioned they have 80 backorders and only receive stock of 20 per month. That might be one reason. 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
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