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

(based on 342 reviews)

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    (58)

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    (5)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (277)
  • Consistent output (209)
  • Strong construction (173)
  • Durable (166)
  • Easily interchangeable (134)

Cons

  • Heavy (48)
  • Poor in low light (19)
  • Distortion (10)
  • Weak casing (4)
  • Big (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (292)
  • Low light (121)
  • Night photography (99)
  • Weddings (99)
  • Wildlife photos (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (142), Semi-pro photographer (109), Pro photographer (54), Casual photographer (15), Photography student (3)
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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

Excellent Lens

By Bill

from Louisville, KY

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

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        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

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          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

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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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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Frank

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Distortion

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              This is absolutely a great lens, I'm glad that I chose this over 14-24.

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              5.0

              Nice lens!!!!!

              By Chaz

              from Wallingford, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Fast focus! Good angle of view! Able to put filters on! Sharp focus! Another great product from Nikon.

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                4.0

                16-35 vs 14-24 (16-35 wins)

                By jrf

                from Seattle, WA

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

                      If you are reading this review, you are probably debating which of these two would be best for you. Like you, I think I have looked at every review and piece of information available for these two excellent lenses. In the end, the 16-35 made the most sense to me, although for a somewhat specialized reason. I do a lot of rock climbing photography and although I am partial to prime lenses, in the vertical environment moving closer or farther away is not always an option.Like many, I badly wanted the 14-24 because it is gorgeous, impressive, prestigious and draws stellar reviews. I had the opportunity to rent the 14-24, and while I was thoroughly impressed with the lens, I spent the entire day worried about bumping the glass on something and quickly realized I would not feel comfortable taking this glass climbing, especially without the ability to use a protective filter. This was the ultimate deal breaker. I should also mention that I regularly use a polarizing filter to bring out the background sky, and the after-market rig to accomplish this just wouldn't work for me.Enter the 16-35. The two downsides you already know- 2mm of zoom and one f-stop. I've shot for two or three weeks now, and haven't missed them a bit. The range is perfect, not only for climbing shots, but for landscape and around-town, candids and portraits. As others have noted, it is a pretty rare instance that I am looking for a wide open aperture when shooting with this lens, and the VR seems to make up the difference when I need it. As far as sharpness, clarity etc. go, I defy you to see a difference unless you are a 400% pixel counter. Even then . . . There is some vignetting at 16mm, but easily adjusted or cropped out. Not an issue. I have a pretty good array of glass, and this has become the lens that seems to be mounted the majority of the time.I agree with Rockwell, that the 14-24 is a very specialized lens and you'll be happier (and shoot more) with the 16-35, though you can't go wrong either way. (And btw, price was not an issue in choosing this lens.)I gave this lens 4 stars because I think 5 star reviews lack credibility and I just had to dock it a bit for the f/4 speed. I am VERY happy with this lens.

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                      5.0

                      Very nice lens for landscape

                      By Cro

                      from Chandler, AZ

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        Nice lens,
                        a little longer than expected

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                        5.0

                        This lens is very good for landscape

                        By NG

                        from CA

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

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

                          Pictures came out very crisp and clear. You don't have to worry about distorted images.

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                          4.0

                          What a great wide-angle lens!

                          By Steelhead

                          from Hillsboro, OR

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Distortion

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I am using this lens on a Nikon D610 camera body. It is super-sharp and provides beautiful color rendition. It does have quite a bit of barrel distortion at 16mm (the reason I rate a 4 instead of 5-star). Fortunately, the distortion is simple and easily corrected in post-processing or by using the camera's distortion correction. Have not had a chance to try the VR yet.

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                          5.0

                          Works great on DX

                          By Colorado Photo

                          from Fort Collins, CO

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • 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:

                          A lot of reviews on the internet say that this lens is overkill on DX cameras, but I love it on my D7100. I also own the very good Nikon 12-24mm DX lens, but I was often bumping up against the 24mm upper limit on that lens, so the 16-35mm range better suits my shooting style. The VR on this lens is also a big advantage over the 12-24mm. It is a bit on the large side, but not excessively so.

                          So far, this lens has given me the most consistently great shots of any of my 9 lenses. I expect it will become my default lens.

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