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

(based on 370 reviews)

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    (299)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (293)
  • Consistent output (217)
  • Strong construction (183)
  • Durable (175)
  • Easily interchangeable (141)

Cons

  • Heavy (52)
  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Distortion (10)
  • Weak casing (5)
  • Big (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (310)
  • Low light (126)
  • Night photography (101)
  • Weddings (99)
  • Wildlife photos (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (152), Semi-pro photographer (117), Pro photographer (57), Casual photographer (16), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (288)

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

Awesome lens

By Tom

from Detroit, MI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Only used it a couple times so far but really enjoying the expanded capabilities. Purchased to add flexiblity beyond 24-70mm f2.8.

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      5.0

      Travel pack

      By bob1328

      from Schaumburg IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        My range for travel just got better!!

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        5.0

        Terrific Lens

        By Willy C

        from Parrish, Florida

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

        I was on the fence about this lens for some time and decided to pull the trigger. I sold my 5 year old 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 VR II and used the money to purchase this lens and the 70-200 f4 and could not be happier. I am not a professional I am a casual vacation photographer who does not need the flexibility or weight of the 2.8 lenses. This lens is sharp and thank god for VR. Can not complain about anything yet.

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        4.0

        Great price point for me!

        By Lizard Lady

        from Atlanta GA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I am a very amateur photographer and although this lens is still almost $1,000 it is a great deal for my insatiable appitite to try new lenses. I have enjoyed learning about wide-angle photography and have taken some great shots with this 16-35 around my small town. I can't wait to do some serious traveling with it out West!

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        5.0

        excellent wide angle lens

        By Eduard Kraft

        from NJ, USA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I use with the camera Nikon D800.
          I think this is the best zoom lens with wide angle

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          5.0

          Excellent and Versatile

          By pictureted

          from Redwood City, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I love the wide zoom range and VR for dark interiors. On a recent visit to Mission San Miguel it was wide enough at 16 for the interiors and the VR allowed me to keep ISO low for dynamic range with slow shutters.

            Along with the 70-200/4 and my 50/1.8G or 24-85/VR, I can cover most situations with a small kit and wonderful IQ.

            I was concerned about the size and ergonomics of this lens, but find that I don't mind given it's capabilities. It's just a bit lighter than the 105 micro and feels better in the hand because of it's shape.

            It's extremely sharp, but really does need lens correction in PP. Since I shoot raw and have the benefits of taking time with PP, this isn't an issue.

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            5.0

            I Like It

            By Masiman

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Focus is fast and accurate. Very little distortion even at 16 mm. Balances well on my D610 with battery grip. The VR works great for hand holding those landscape shots. The build quality seems to be top notch and I like that it uses a 77 mm filter like so many of my other Nikon lenses.

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              5.0

              A Great Addition to your Lens Arsenal!!!

              By DJ

              from Anacortes, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                Since converting to FX (D800) from DX (D7000) format three years ago, I've shot most of my landscape photography with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens and have been quite satisfied with those results. Admittedly though, I have missed shooting wider landscape photos with my old Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens, which afforded me that extra depth, special effects and prospective. This Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4 ED VR lens has added a whole new dimension of photographic opportunities, reminiscent of my old DX 10-24mm photos. After reading all the reviews comparing this lens to the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens, I opted for the newer f/4 VR version and feel quite confident that I have made the correct price/performance decision. As for the infamous lens argument of "plastic" verses metal outer shell material, I'm perfectly happy with this lens's state-of-the-art polycarbonate technology.

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                4.0

                Great Ultra-Wide

                By DNO Dennis

                from Clawson, Michigan

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is one of those lenses that you don't really know you want until you have one. Or, in my case, borrow one. Before using it, I was sure this lens was a waste of time and money. Until I actually used one. Wow.

                  If you like ultra-wides, you're going to love this lens. Does it distort the image? At 16mm it sure does, but that's the entire point. And besides, Lightroom can mitigate that with ease. Is it a bit soft in the corners? Yes, a little. So, don't shoot it wide open. This is a perfect lens when your 24-70 is not quite wide enough, and a fisheye is out of the question.
                  It does come with a very silly lens hood, and is not as breathtakingly sharp as the 24-70. Still, it's fast becoming one of my favorites.

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                  5.0

                  Nikon 16-35mm ED VR Zoom Lens

                  By Alex

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  This is a perfect complement to my longer zoom lens. It has the same 77mm diameter filter requirement. And it's a Nikon - what else is there to say?

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                  4.0

                  Nice Wide Angle Zoom

                  By Rsb4

                  from Mamaroneck

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

                  Worked great in smaller rooms. I haven't used it in bigger rooms yet. Good outside for getting a lot in frame. Definately a sharp lens.

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                  5.0

                  Exceeds Expectations

                  By Mr. Tim

                  from Arbutus MD

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    Very sharp & versatile. I use this lens for landscape and architecture. More then pleased with the images it produces.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens! Bigger than I thought..

                    By Z-man

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I debated in getting this or the 14-24. I thought this would be smaller but its really pretty close to the size of the 14-24. Main reason was price, which with the rebate was $ less, and the ability to add filters and use the lens hood. Very happy with the lens and look forward to taking some great landscape shots with it.

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                    5.0

                    Good solid lens

                    By jhobbs

                    from Cambridge, MA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 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 Lens:

                      The product is well constructed and generally a pleasure to use. The barrel remains fixed while zooming making the use of filters easy.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome lens

                      By Cfarrar12

                      from Jackson nj

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

                      This lens is my go to for landscapes. Not an issue with being f4. If your shooting landscapes your probably shooting above f8 anyways. Great lens

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                      5.0

                      Great landscape/nature lens

                      By Bob

                      from Washington DC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        Love this lens so far. Auto focus is quick and accurate. Sharp wide open but seems best at f/8 - f/11. A little on the heavy side for a wide angle but not bad. VR works great but since I have it on a tripod more often than not its not a real selling point for me. Very slight distortion easily correctable in post.

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                        4.0

                        Like it, but not perfect

                        By Amber Rae

                        from Saint Paul, MN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

                            I am mainly a wedding photographer but bought this lens specifically for shooting interiors of houses. It works great on my D810, but wasn't overly happy when I noticed some distortion at the edges. The distortion is very little, but it's still there. When shooting interiors, lines and angles are very important and bother me if they aren't completely straight.

                            Otherwise I love using it at wedding dances, it is a great addition to my collection. It is a little heavy also.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By Camera Nut

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              Great lens for indoor and landscape shots. Very useful range with nice crisp images.

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again

                              By dyen

                              from huntington beach, ca

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

                              Great lens!

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                              (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nikon Lens 16-35.

                              By GS

                              from Nevada

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

                              Great Lens.

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