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

(based on 329 reviews)

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    (265)

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    (56)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (269)
  • Consistent output (201)
  • Strong construction (166)
  • Durable (161)
  • Easily interchangeable (129)

Cons

  • Heavy (46)
  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Distortion (10)
  • Weak casing (4)
  • Big (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (281)
  • Low light (115)
  • Weddings (97)
  • Night photography (94)
  • Wildlife photos (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (134), Semi-pro photographer (108), Pro photographer (52), 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

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

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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

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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              5.0

              Great Lens , bought for landscapes

              By The Traveler

              from Souderton, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

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

                I own the 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8, I wanted a wide angle but really didn't want to pay the price for the 14-24 2.8...considering this is for landscape I don't feel I need a 2.8 and this is a fixed 4. Nikon was offering almost $ off so it was a no brainer..It has the same filter size (77mm) as the other 2 I mentioned so I don't need to carry multiples of filters. As all Nikon lenses the picture quality is great and sharp. I was looking to buy a used one but they were selling for basically the same price as I got this one with the Nikon sale..pretty light weight . I'm planing a trip to Ireland and was the main reason I added this lens to my collection..

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                5.0

                Rebate can't resist, great value of Lens

                By MGP

                from Bay Area, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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

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

                Since I upgraded to D610 from D7000, I do need a wide angle zoom for FX, but I don't need the ultra-ultra wide of 14-24 F/2.8 with that cost and extra weight. I'm not shooting landscape at f/2.8 anyway and indeed I love to have VR instead. This 16-35mm f/4 VR is extremely sharp center at almost all settings, just little soft wide open at 16mm. When stop it down, get WOW photos! Distortion is a yes at 16mm, but hey, the $[*] instant rebate for this lens I don't mind to fix it in Lightroom. Also CA is strikingly low and flaws are minor, I usually use ND filter when needed.This is a practical nice weight balance Nikkor for landscape. Highly suggest wait for a rebate and grab one, then you will be super happy with the price with this Nikkor's full package offered!

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                4.0

                Great lens - especially for real estate

                By AEA

                from MA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I was torn between the this lens and the 14-24 mm f/2.8. Rented both to shoot primarily realestate photos to showcase high end homes. Really loved the 14-24 mm which I tried first, but after trying the 16-35 I didn't see a huge difference to quantify the $ price difference. The lens had slighlty more distortion at the edges but a quick fix in LR flattened out the rounded edges. I look forward to trying the lens on landscapes.

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                    3.0

                    Beware the corner sharpness!

                    By jcozn2

                    from Iwakuni, Japan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Good contrast
                    • Good Lens Flare Control
                    • Good VR
                    • Relatively light

                    Cons

                    • Heavy Distortion
                    • Very Weak Corners

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    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

                    GREAT LENS

                    By BLUE MEANIE

                    from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Light weight

                    Cons

                    • So Far I Have No Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I have been wanting a wide angle lens for some time. Your eye does not see like this lens. So it will take time to get use to it. So far I have used it for landscapes, Close ups for flower blossoms and for table ware that we want to sell. I like the light weight so it os easy to handle.

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                    5.0

                    SHARP! SHARP! SHARP!

                    By Skip

                    from Oahu Hawaii

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None so far

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors With Adequate Lig
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I recently purchased the Nikon 16-35 f4 Wide Angle Lens. I labored over which one of the Nikon FX Wide Angle Lenses to buy. I read hundreds of reviews and went online to get the "EXPERT'S Reviews and recommendations.I decided on the 16-35 f/4 over the 17-35 f2.8 and the 14-20 f/2.8. There were many reasons: cost, use of filters, VR, and newer technology. I live in Hawaii and with my two FX Cameras, (D800, and D600) have many opportunities for great shots. This lens fulfills my needs and attached to the D800 takes Great Picture's. Some on the Internet spend much time using a microscope to examine their photos for imperfections as to choose one lens over another. I just enjoy the thrill of taking the picture and sharing the results with others. I am very happy with this purchase and thank Nikon for such a Great lens.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Choice if You do not need 14mm

                    By Volkan

                    from Istanbul

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Using this for nature and for my daily walks in Istanbul. Easy to carry despite solid features (already dropped in a camp in mountain, nothing happened). Range from 16 to 35mm lets me carry only this lens for most of the time, covering most of my photographic interests in city. If you do not need additionla 2mm (which sometimes differs) and 2.8 f stop specificly, I see that this is the most convenient lens with excellent ends (16-35mm). f4 instead of f2.8 is not a compromise, I am allowed to use GD or polarize filter if necessary.
                      In summary; if you specificly do not need fast and a bit wider lens such as 14-24mm, this lens will help you to cover up to 35mm which works for most of city/family/nature photography scenes. Solid and sharp especially at f5.6-8 range, and sharp enough at f4. It is covering some part of my 24-70 lens, so using this for most of my photographic tours in Istanbul.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent buy.

                      By Nicedmuralla

                      from San Francisco, Ca

                      About Me Casual 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
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        This was put on sale about three months ago and i took advantage of that and bought three lenses. So far this is the one i've tested and used extensively. Shot entirely with this lens last weekend in Mendocino, CA. Very sharp lens. This will give relief to my 24-70 f/2.8. I am very happy with this purchase. Fast and sharp….and it is lighter as well.

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                        4.0

                        Interesting Lens

                        By Bob Woolcock

                        from California

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

                              Excellent lens - especially for very wide to moderate wide needs. As expected there is correctable distortion between 16-24mm mostly. VR is critical for a modern lens - and this one doesn't disappoint. Again, look at the range and see if that's what you need. Walk about lens? Well, almost. 35mm max focal length can be restricting depending on your style.

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                              5.0

                              Wonderful ultra-wide lens.

                              By Matt D

                              from Fairfield, CT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                This lens in very sharp wide open and even in the extreme corners where it shows a small amount of distortion. Although it is not 2.8, it does have VR, is multi coated, water resistant and will accept 77mm filters, which is why I chose this over Nikon's 14-24 2.8. I am very pleased with my purchase.

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                                3.0

                                cannot stand the distortion

                                By RT

                                from Atlanta, GA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Bought this len and used on D90. Plan on using it on D610 by Thanksgiving. The images are sharp and color reproduction are very good. Both are quite similar to 35mm 1.8G. It is light considered the size of the len. I took a few pics. indoor at 16 mm. The pics were great except the walls started to curve in at the corners. I know it can be fix in post process, but I sure don't want to do correct them on every shot taken with this len. I try to love this len and very much want to keep it. At the end I send it back. It you can stand the barrel distortion on low end and don't mind to spend time in post process. buy it.

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                                  4.0

                                  sharp and lightweight

                                  By JK

                                  from Jackson, WY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                    Purchased primarily for photographing Real Estate and Architecture. Am very happy with the excellent results.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nikkor 16-35mm f4

                                    By Muralee

                                    from Seattle,WA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                      I have rented this lens before and bought it recently to have a personal copy. I enjoy the wide angle images that I get with this lens. auto focus is really fast, and that is one feature I really enjoy. I can get sharp images while shooting frrm a moving car.

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