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NikonAF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 349 reviews)

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    (282)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (282)
  • Consistent output (212)
  • Strong construction (177)
  • Durable (169)
  • Easily interchangeable (138)

Cons

  • Heavy (49)
  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Distortion (10)
  • Weak casing (5)
  • Big (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (297)
  • Low light (122)
  • Night photography (99)
  • Weddings (99)
  • Wildlife photos (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (145), Semi-pro photographer (112), Pro photographer (55), Casual photographer (15), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

Amazing for underwater photography

By Zig

from Huntington Beach, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Soft Corners Underwater

Best Uses

  • Underwater Photography

Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

I use this lens primarily for underwater photography and video. The zoom range is great for shooting pelagics (eg sharks, whales, etc.), and it also comes in handy when shooting video. Most wide-angle underwater photos are shot with a fisheye lens, but this lens allows me to keep straight lines straight when shooting things like oil rigs and shipwrecks.

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5.0

Great Sharp Lens

By Ethan

from Portland, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

Great lens. Perfect range for landscape photography, and when you're shooting landscape, f/4 isn't a big deal. I was between this and the 17-35 f/2.8, but at the end of the day this lens is just WAY more sharp at pretty much all f-stops. I would buy this again in a heart beat.

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4.0

A terrific untra-wide zoom

By pjman

from Biloxi, MS

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

As a commercial photographer who concentrates in real estate photography, I needed something wider than my old reliable Nikkor 20mm f2.8 D. The new AF-S 16-35mm f4 gives me the added coverage I need, and saves me from changing lenses when I need a narrower angle. The edge-to edge sharpness is excellent, and (though I use it with a tripod) the vibration reduction feature is a big plus. The only reason it doesn't rate five stars is the somewhat prominent barrel distortion at wider angles, but this is easily corrected in Photoshop. All in all, though, this is a suberp lens.

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5.0

Great wide angle lens

By Frank

from Denver, CO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

    Bought this lens last minute for a trip abroad and I have to say I love it. All the pictures and sharp thru all the settings I used. Colors are great. Very happy I bought this lens.

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens

    By Landscape Explorer

    from La Habra, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

      As a tripod-dependent-stuff-in-the-foreground outdoor photographer with a D800, this is the right lens for most of my photography. Although some claim that the lens is heavy, it is relatively light when compared to the days of view cameras, multiple lenses, film holders, light meter, and other large-format paraphernalia.This was not a gift, I paid full price, and I was not compensated for writing this review.

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      5.0

      Great Wide Angle Lense

      By Jim H

      from Granbury, TX

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

          Wanted a lense for indoors. Chose this one over the 14-24mm for, (1) Price & ( 2) worried about scratching. As it turns out I use it outdoors as much as indoors.The lense is sharp and focus time similar to outher Nikon lenses. When shooting indoors the outside edges do distorte. One review mentioned low light as a problem. I attached my photo, shot late evening. Set your camera iso higher than normal and shold not be a problem. I like the lense and would recommend it to anyone wanting to shoot indoors.This review is replacing previous photo submitted.

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          5.0

          Great Wide Angle Lense

          By Jim H

          from Granbury, TX

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Distortion Outer Edges

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

          Wanted a lense for indoors. Chose this one over the 14-24mm for, (1) Price & ( 2) worried about scratching. As it turns out I use it outdoors as much as indoors.The lense is sharp and focus time similar to outher Nikon lenses. When shooting indoors the outside edges do distorte. One review mentioned low light as a problem. I attached my photo, shot late evening. Set your camera iso higher than normal and shold not be a problem. I like the lense and would recommend it to anyone wanting to shoot indoors.

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens

          By Bill

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • architectural
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

            I use this for archectural interiors and exteriors along with landscape photography. Combined with the Nikon D810 it produces excellent quality images. Considered the 14-24 but this is easier to handle without concern for damage and I don't need the faster 2.8 for my work.

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            5.0

            Just Right

            By Nmuddie

            from Glenmoore, Pa

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

            This lens fits nicely into the mix. It is wide enough, but still very useful walking around.
            It's sharp and has a good feel. And it's not too heavy either.

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            5.0

            Buy it - wait for a sale if need be

            By John

            from Ann Arbor, MI

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

              I bought this for our trip to Italy, specifically for shooting cathedral interiors and especially for climbing the domes at St. Peters and the Duomo in Florence. I wanted to be stopped down for depth of field but also wouldn't be able to use a tripod. This lens with its excellent VR, is the ticket. Below are pictures of the dome at St. Peter's - complete frame and a 100% crop in the extreme corner. Are the corners as sharp as the incredible center - no. You'll have to judge whether they are good enough for you. Shot on a D610, 1/10 sec (handheld!) at f9, ISO 1250.Although I bought it primarily for interior shooting, I ended up using it a lot outside as well. Roughly 1/4 of the pictures in my final "photo album" of the trip were shot with this lens, almost evenly divided between interior and exterior shots. Anymore, for walkabout shooting, I am more likely to carry this as my 2nd lens than my 70-200 f2.8

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              4.0

              Very good lens

              By O.Cristo, An Amateur Photographer

              from Itapevi, SP, Brazil

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

              I purchased it to replace my loyal Nikkor 12-24 f/4 I used for long years in my DX bodies. When I bought my first FX body it was the top priority lens to be replaced and after a lot of researches I decided for it.

              Optically it is way better I had read from some more acid reviews in the internet. Actually I am very impressed with its IQ when mounted in my D810 at any focal length or aperture.

              It is the equivalent for FX format in terms of focal range of my 12-24 at DX one, so I am very comfortable to use it either for landscape or travel.

              The single point I missed is it is huge and heavy. Way bigger than my 12-24. It is the same size or even slightly bigger than my prior Sigma 15-30 I had for some years more than ten years ago, but the Nikkor is significantly heavier. I had missed that "detail" when reading the reviews... my bad.

              Anyway, this lens is a keeper. I enjoy to use it.

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              5.0

              Great lens, better tun its predecessor

              By Scott

              from SoCal

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                I had for years the 17-35, which no longer produced tack sharp pictures. I replaced it with this lens, and with the VR, the pictures are sharper than before. It is also a bit lighter than the previous one, and actually cheaper. I recommend it.

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                5.0

                Bravo

                By Ironman 77007

                from Texas

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                Excellent service and on time delivery.
                Very knowledgeable staff
                Bravo Bravo.

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                5.0

                This is definitely a keeper .

                By photoman

                from Loveland Co.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavier Than I Am Use To

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                What a great lens, It is very sharp,and is great for landscape, and interior shots.
                I like the versatility all in one great package, thanks Nikon.

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                4.0

                Excellent Handling and Quality

                By DSPhotography

                from Northern California

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                  This is an excellent lens, which in my opinion is very capable of producing professional quality results. Some may consider this lens to be on the heavy side, but I prefer the solid construction feel. The biggest thing to consider when purchasing this lens is the speed. As a landscape photographer, the maximum aperture of f/4 is not a problem for my kind of work. If you plan to shoot wildlife, I would not recommend this lens. This lens is simply a great choice for landscape photography. I am giving the lens 4-stars, because when shooting at 16mm, the filter holder is visible in the frame when using a Cokin Filter System. This however, is common with nearly all filter systems. I have added an image recently taken using this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Second To One

                  By William Near Chicago

                  from South of Chicago

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                    Excellent lens for Architecture and landscape photos. Fast, constant aperture wide angle lens. It is rare to find a lens of this focal length with VR. This is a very sharp and contrasty lens. It should be, at this price.

                    Although a tripod is always best, you can hand hold this lens with excellent results.

                    The build quality is what you would expect at this price.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Wide Angle Lens

                    By BigBlue

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                    I struggled for a long time choosing between the 16-35mm and the 14-24mm. Ultimately, I chose the 16-35mm because of (1) price, and (2) the ability to use filters. I am very satisfied with my choice.

                    The 16-35mm produces very sharp photos, especially when stepped down (as many others have said). While the lens is heavy, I do not think it's uncomfortably heavy. And I have not yet missed the 2mm gained with the 14-24.

                    Versatility and price ultimately won me over here. I was also very concerned about scratching the 14-24mm, a worry echoed by others. I would make the same decision again.

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By BG

                    from Duluth, MN

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                    Excellent build quality and sharpness.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Roody

                    from Lapeer, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                      I do mostly landscape and architectural photography. this lens has proven to be great at both.
                      I just returned from a week on Cape Cod. Shot some beach sunrises into the sun and was totally blown away by the performance of this lens. Absolutely no flare where other lenses would have had at least some flare. I haven't seen performance like this since my old H-blad lenses. Spent a couple days at the Grand Canyon in some really bad conditions and was again very impressed. It was so cold a couple times I did not want to set up the tripod and got very sharp shots handheld using the VR.
                      I've seen other reviews where people have had problems with lens caps using filters or the shade. I have not had any problems at all with that.
                      I can't think of anything that is not great about this lens. If you need something in this focal range buy this lens.

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                      5.0

                      Larry From Ossining

                      By Larry from Ossining

                      from Ossining NY

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                      Very sharp lens. A great companion to my 24-70mm 2.8. Would highly recommend the product for wide angle photography

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