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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens
 
4.8

(based on 406 reviews)

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    (69)

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  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (316)
  • Consistent output (235)
  • Strong construction (192)
  • Durable (186)
  • Easily interchangeable (152)

Cons

  • Heavy (59)
  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Distortion (11)
  • Weak casing (5)
  • Big (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (334)
  • Low light (136)
  • Weddings (110)
  • Night photography (106)
  • Wildlife photos (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (164), Semi-pro photographer (123), Pro photographer (65), Casual photographer (17), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (317), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Ultra-Wide Lens for Nikon FX

First, I bought this lens to use on my D700. Please stop reading the rest of this review if you're thinking to use it on a DX body - you're wasting my time and...Read complete review

First, I bought this lens to use on my D700. Please stop reading the rest of this review if you're thinking to use it on a DX body - you're wasting my time and your money :D

Second, B&H delivered it on time & item appears to be exact out of the box as it was listed on their website.

Here are my thoughts about this lens:
[1] Fast FOCUS and very SHARP: I don't have to fix the sharpness of my photos during post-processing anymore.
[2] Its VR feature does really work: for low light condition, I can still take photos 1/10s handheld, no problem!
[3] Its WEIGHT is negligible: I don't know what others complain about. I haven't seen/used any pro lens that weighs like a kit lens. Please remember this is a pro lens (see its gold ring?) so expect it to be a bit heavier than your average lenses. And if you can't truly stand its weight, maybe you shouldn't be shooting Nikon. Switch to more-plastic built Canon perhaps?
[4] FILTER compatible: it takes 77mm filters. It is very important for my landscape photography.
[5] Great PRICE for a pro lens: I would definitely save money and pay a few hundred extra dollars just to step up to this pro lens from those normal zoom lenses that already cost ~$700-800.
[6] A tad LONGER than one would expect, so your camera's built-in flash may have an issue since this lens will cause lens shadow in your photos. However, mounted flashes should be fine.
[7] Simply Great QUALITY by Nikon: feels great in my hands, and truly sings on the D700. If your budget allows, just buy this lens - you won't regret it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware the corner sharpness!

I bought this lens as an alternative to buying a 14-24, which is just a little out of my price range. I had read some great reviews on this lens and tried it...Read complete review

I bought this lens as an alternative to buying a 14-24, which is just a little out of my price range. I had read some great reviews on this lens and tried it out shortly at a local camera store. After owning it for a week, I had to return this lens... maybe I got a bad copy, but my corner sharpness was abysmal. I know this lens needs to be stopped down and is not going to be sharp at f/4, but even images I was taking at f/8 (the supposed sweet spot where the lens cleans up) looked like the edges of the frame just slopped right off.

It might be one thing if you're only going to shooting far off landscapes where the corners are on a similar focal plane as the rest of the image, but for using in any situation where your surrounding environment has some depth, I was never able to achieve satisfactory results with this lens. I know part of this is due to curvature of the field of view, but it seemed more than that.

Besides this, center sharpness was superb, tonal contrast very good, lens flare well controlled, VR worked great. There is of course considerable distortion at 16mm, and some of the weak corners will be cropped off if you do a lens correction profile in LR. But between the massive distortion and the poor corner performance when stopped down, I had to send this lens back, it simply wasn't worth the price... Right now it's on sale, and it may be worth it so some, but for me, I'm going to either save up for the 14-24, or go ahead and go back to the Samyang 14 f/2.8, which is a pretty sweet manual lens for a great price.

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5.0

Wide angle Nikkor

By Barkebo

from Anthem, Arizona

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

Very sweet lens, sharp as a tack, well packaged. Lens is heavy, but well suited for outdoor work.

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5.0

Fantastic Wide Angle Lens

By Mark

from Queens, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

If you're looking for an excellent wide angle lens that is sharp, provides good contrast, and fast focus then the 16-35mm is the way to go on a full-frame body. This lens is great for landscapes and indoor use, this lens won't disappoint. At this point I can't comment on this lens attached to a DX body.

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5.0

Perfect for adventure, action, landscape.

By scum liner

from Montana

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

Debated this lens forever based on the all-over-the-place reviews that can be found online. I already own the 20 1.8 and did not want to overlap, but this has the range I wanted and VR. I shoot 50% video and this seemed a perfect lens for handheld closeup shooting. Noticed that many pro action and landscape photographers had no problem with this lens. Just pixel peepers.

Right away I was impressed with the sharpness on the D750. Shot some beautiful close-up action/landscape portraits first day. The extra 4mm at 16 is nice vs the 20 1.8. I'll keep the 20 1.8 as a night lens and due to it's lightweight. The distortion at 16 is there but I'm still happy with the results. I agree with reviewers that at 35 it's not as sharp as I'd like. From 18-28 there is not much I would complain about. Filters are mandatory for me and this is as wide as you can get and use screw on filters.

All and all it's a perfect lens for outdoor landscape and adventure photography and video. Paired with my 70-200/4 it's an ideal backpack kit for remote shoots, skiing, outdoors sports, etc. Solid build and weather sealing seems very good (already tested that).

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4.0

So far it looks good

By no nickname

from MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

I only took a few test photos and so far it looks pretty good. It is too early to give a review, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. When I get to use it more, I might give it 5 stars.

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5.0

Best ultra-wide angle lens I ever had

By Roberto

from São Paulo, Brazil

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

    High quality images produced with this lens, excellent sharpness and contrast.

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    5.0

    It is a Nikon, what else?

    By JGGJ

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Sharp at edges
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

    I had a similar Tamron but the edges were very soft and blurry. After I purchased the Nikon 16-35mm f/4, as I would not afford the 2.8, I have to say that if you are serious about a wide angle, go for this one. The clarity and sharpness at the edges are worth higher price Vs. non-Nikon lenses

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    5.0

    Awsome lens for landscapes

    By Ronv

    from Bismarck, ND

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

    I purchased to lens for taking landscape photos. Love that the images are not distorted and color appears rich and also non-distorted.

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    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Versatile and crisp

    By Sean

    from Long Beach, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Crisp
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

    I purchased this lens as an upgrade/replacement for my 20mm f2.8 prime Nikkor; which was my on-camera lens the majority of the time unless shooting an event. Up until the 16-35, I had only the 20mm, the 50mm 1.4, and the 70-200 2.8.

    My first impression of the lens was a bit off. The lens felt light, and trying it out in my office it was apparent I was working with a much slower lens than it's prime counterparts. I was skeptical to be honest. However, after using it for a few days it began to grow on me. Clearly, I had to modify my low light shooting style and utilize a tripod more often than not. I hate grain, and despite using a full frame body my ISO rarely goes into the 4 digit zone. This calls for much slower shutter speeds.

    The shots from the 16-35 at any aperture have been coming out extremely crisp and the clarity is just what I'd expect from a higher range Nikkor lens. It's a very good lens, but if you're used to shooting with glass on the faster side it will take some getting used to.

    I opted for this lens over the 14-24 f2.8 mainly because of price and some reviews that I had read comparing this as an alternative. I can't say that I gained much going from the 20 prime to the 16-35, but time will tell. I'm pretty pleased so far.

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    5.0

    great lens

    By wolfy photography

    from hazleton pa

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

      looked for a year to fit a extra wide for my D750. Considered sigma 20 f1.4 but wanted wider view. considered nikon 17-35 2.8 but no real need for wide-open 2.8 so bought the 16-35. at f8 to 11 it shines. great for photographing up close such as museums and nature vistas or just a tree scape up close. This lens with the D750 is a great easy combo for wide views yet you still have 35mm for tighter shots. BH gives a free kit 77 clear filter - if spending a grand on a lends - spend a little extra and get high end filter glass such as the Formatt 77 UV ultraslim filter - it does not darken corners when wide open. Love it!

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      5.0

      Great wide-angle lens for full frame format.

      By Miguel

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Great Color Rendition
      • Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

        I use this on a Nikon D750 and on an older Nikon film camera.

        The lens is super sharp, the f4 aperture across the entire zoom range is nice, and the images that come out of it look amazing. Before purchasing, I was unsure whether I should get this lens or the 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g lens, which was released not long ago. The latter is more inexpensive and lighter, however I was convinced that I wanted the additional wide-angle reach. And it was totally worth it. As an added bonus, the color rendition of this lens is beautiful. I don't believe the 18-35 version has such advantage. Build quality is good, and I very much appreciate the non-extending barrel (internal zooming and focusing).

        So far it has been used in event photography and I have taken great shots with it. My 24-120 is more versatile, however, the 16-35 gets those shots that awe the client. With the amazing low-light capabilities of the D750, I feel that the 14-24mm f2.8 is not really necessary. Plus, the additional range of the 16-35 in the telephoto end is very useful.

        If I have to point out a con, is that the focus ring isn't as smooth as its f2.8 (or f1.4 prime) counterparts. I would've liked a better attention to detail given the $1000+ price tag and the gold ring. But still, I'm just nitpicking.

        As always, I would like to extend my thanks to B&H for the amazing, hassle-free experience.

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        5.0

        It's sooo wide

        By Fly Guy

        from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Panaramic Pictures
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

          I just love this lens, the image quality is beautiful. I knew it was wide, but I was really surprised at how wide it was, it just sucks you into the picture.
          Just breath taking. The build quality is great, I'm very happy with the pictures I get with it.

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          5.0

          Compliments my System

          By DEE JAE

          from Leicester, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

            Moving from DX to FX and dare I say it hankering for 35mm like format, I had lost the use of some of he lenses I used with my D7000. Now I have the ideal replacement. Pin sharp and pulling in more of those landscapes, I can now go back to dong what I like best - capturing the full picture, for me that is!

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Dick

            from Ypsilanti, MI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                Very usable focal length range and frighteningly sharp. Sharp to the corners wide open. I've shot mainly interiors with it so far but see its main use as a carry-around lens in cities. This lens is sharper than my old 18mm, 24mm & 35mm primes. The only (slight) drawback is the size (weight is no [problem) but it carries well on the D750 slung over the shoulder with the lens pointed inward under my left arm. Couldn't be happier.

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                4.0

                very nice lens

                By tinman

                from Edmonds,WA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                  i need a wide angle lens and this one is great and it fit my budget

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                  5.0

                  Good

                  By Alber

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                    Very sharp! good for landscape.

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                    5.0

                    My most used lens!

                    By Michael

                    from Miami

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                      This is my most used lens! I do a lot of landscape photography and architecture photography. It is great wide angle lens! and lets me attach filters to it which is great plus! also has VR for which helps in low light.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding Performance Meets Superb Versatility

                      By Yusuf Salahuddin

                      from Washington DC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                      The Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 is what you'd get if the 14-24mm f/2.8 and the 17-35mm f/2.8 got married and had a kid.
                      Nikon's superb 14-24mm f/2.8 is the classic wide angle do-it-all while the 17-35mm f/2.8 is Nikon's legendary PJ lense, the one I've lusted after since I was a teenager. It's built like the proverbial tank and is the go-to lense for many a photo-journalist the world over.
                      So let's compare:
                      14-24mm- No VR, landscape, architecture, low light hand-held at f/2.8
                      17-35mm- No VR, landscape, architecture, general/street at 35mm, low light hand-held at f/2.8
                      16-35mm- VR, landscape, architecture, general / street photography at 35mm and low light hand-held, with the VR giving a 2-stop advantage from f/4.0 to f/2.8.
                      Check out the images below and judge for your selves.
                      So what about the f/2.8 of the 14-24mm and 17-35mm? With all three lenses, shooting landscape or architecture you'll need an f-stop of f/5.6 or better for sharpness, ideally, it is said, somewhere around f/8.0-f/11. So unless you're in bright sunlight, you're going to need a tripod regardless.
                      For me, when shooting in dark interiors at f/6.3 hand-held, the VR on the 16-35mm is a most welcome addition, especially in areas where tripods and monopods are verboten, like museums, galleries and (increasingly) theme parks.
                      Why f6.3?
                      Because it's just about the smallest I can go when I shoot dark interiors in aperture priority on my D610 with ISO throttled back to 800. At these settings my shutter speeds get crazy slow, to 1/30th of a second or even slower to 1/15th of a second. So how do I shoot 1/30 or slower hand-held? By bracing myself on any wall, floor, door or errant 9-year old,( on second thought …scratch the last one). There's one last trick that often works; firing off a quick 5-shot burst. Set yourself in a wide stance, hold the camera firmly to your face (but not too hard), breathe out halfway, stop, then gently squeeze the shutter.
                      Shot taken?
                      Good!
                      Feel free to breathe again.
                      The first frame will be fuzzy, due to pressing the shutter but the others will ( hopefully ) be much cleaner.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Lens

                      By aussie photo

                      from Santa Monica

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                      Great for landscape photography. It's reasonable to travel with as well (on the larger side but doable).

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                      4.0

                      Great for Landscape and Handheld Photography

                      By Gizmo

                      from El Dorado Hills, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Color And Contrast
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Vr

                      Cons

                      • Distortion
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                      The Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR is probably the most compelling ultra wide-angle lens that money can buy for Nikon Landscape photographers short of the stellar Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. Each lens has its own strengths and weaknesses but the VR feature on the 16-35mm makes it a better option for handheld use with the D8xx series cameras which have a high density sensor and are prone to pixel blur. A tripod is not always practical and VR really helps in situations where I need to go wide and as a result I end up with more usable images.

                      The 16-35mm is not as heavy or big as the 14-24mm and it balances well on my D810 and on my D7100. I've found it acceptable at the short and long ends (16mm and 35mm) and stellar in the middle (20mm thru 28mm) focal lengths. The sweet spot for sharpness is f/8 through f/11. Distortion is an issue with this lens but as a Landscape photographer I have not found it field relevant in most situations. In fact, after doing a side-by-side comparison with my Nikon 14-24mm I found the 16-35mm better on the edges and in the corners under magnification in many instances. However when I compared images that contained, say houses, in the frame the 14-24mm was far superior to 16-35mm, even in the middle of the frame which was a surprise for me.

                      Nikon shooters are lucky to have three (3) really good UWA lenses to choose from (the 14-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/4 VR and the newer 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5) and while most of us cannot afford to own all three it is clear to me that each lens fills a distinct need. For me the 14-24mm is the sharpest of the three but is more of a specialty lens that feels at home on a tripod, in the studio or for critical architecture work. By way of comparison the 14-24mm is two stops faster and is sharper at f/5.6 than the 16-35mm is at f/10 under magnification and has slightly better color and contrast. However the 16-35mm is a very versatile, is almost as sharp, which is saying allot, and serves a role that the 14-24mm cannot. Continuing the comparison, the 18-35mm is super sharp and very light which makes it ideal for traveling and only slightly trails the 16-35mm in terms of color and contrast.

                      I own, or have owned all three of these Nikon UWA lenses and as long as you understand the strengths and weaknesses you can't really go wrong as long as you choose according to your needs.

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                      4.0

                      Pretty impressive overall

                      By pdali

                      from great neck NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens:

                      Just to get this out of the way there,is quite bit of barrel distortion at 16 mm and the corners are a little soft also. Aside from those two things the center is sharp at all focal lengths by f5.6 the entire frame gets sharper. Build quality is good to very good. Auto focus seems very accurate. Zoom ring has just enough resistance. I could not make out any falloff or vignetting but I am not an expert. I'm sure it's there somewhere but I did not notice any. The VR is nothing short of amazing. Getting shots in Low light at slow shutter speeds was a great advantage since I prefer to keep the ISO low. It is big and heavy but all fast zooms are. F4 is not incredible fast but it is a good alternative to the 14-24mm. It's not cheap but the overall performance I believe is worth the price.

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