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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens
 
4.7

(based on 458 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (367)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Ultra-Wide Lens for Nikon FX

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware the corner sharpness!

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

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

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

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

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4.0

So far so good ...

By Dave

from USA

Verified Buyer

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

So far so good. Has a lot of vignetting at the lower end as the reviews indicated, but using it on a Nikon D750 and the in-camer vignetting function as well as post processing (adobe) fixes it quite easily. It Is smooth to operate, feels very solid ... and on the down side a bit heavier in the hand than I was anticipating but VR compensates nicely. The vignetting and the weight are the only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

I find it a very good range - I rarely need wider than the 16mm and because it goes all the way to 35mm, I can keep it on a while longer (vs. the 14 - 24) before having to switch over to my other zoom AND you can put normal 77mm filters on here with no need for an expensive adapter kit (like you'd need with the 14-24). The 14-24 f/2.8 is an amazing lens of course and while having a constant f/2.8 vs. the f/4 on the 16-35 would be nice, it was just out of my price range for my level of shooting.

As for B&H, this was my first order through B&H. Everything arrived on time, quality was perfect and I'll definitely recommend B&H to friends and family.

 
1.0

Grey Market Being Sold as USA Made???

By Anthony

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I had seen in some reviews on B&H Photo on this item dated 06.09.2017 that stated: "One thing really bugged me though - the warranty card came with it from B&H is blank. Nothing in the serial number box and model box. I called B&H and was assured it is a USA lens not an import." Before ordering this item from B&H Photo, I verified with Nikon via email that the serial number IS PRINTED on the warrant card. Afterwards I contacted B&H Photo and was assured that the new lenses they sell are US products and that the warranty cards were printed. I ordered both the 16-35 mm, f/4 G and the 85 mm, f/1.8 G. Both arrived today and the while the 85 mm had a printed serial number (447479) the 16-35 mm had a blank warranty card (serial number 406788). Very disappointed and contacting both Nikon and B&H (when they reopen) to get to the bottom of this issue. I needed this lens for a trip that I'm leaving for on Wednesday of next week and it's very disappointing to have to go through all this...especially when I was assured by B&H (via chat) that the warranty card was printed from Nikon. If Nikon verifies that the serial number is a genuine USA model, then I'll update/delete this review.

 
4.0

Go to Landscape lens

By Kevmo

from Undisclosed

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

I recently upgraded to a full sensor camera and wanted to replace my beloved Sigma 10-20mm. This fits that spot.

 
5.0

Love it!

By Chris

from Seattle

Verified Buyer

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

This is a fantastic lens for the price. It's the perfect wide angle zoom range for me.

 
5.0

Great kens

By Lee

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Good lens

By Lee

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By Zoom

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Wide angle

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Wide zoom

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Zoom

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Wide zoom

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Nikon 16-35

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Lee

from Undisclosed

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

I replaced my old 20-35 wide f2.8 lens which failed to zoom and focus after many years. I bought this 16-35 as recommended by a photo club friend. Just tried it on my short trip to Austin, very sharp and easy to use. Right size and weight. VR works fine. It meets my my needs.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By JWBG

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp images, great for landscapes. This one stays on my camera.

 
5.0

I'm very happy with the Nikkor 16-35.

By Don

from St. Marys, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is a great addition to my 24-120 lens. I love the extra wide angle of the 16 mm and it's lighter than the 24-120. It's a great walk around lens for city landscape work and for storm shots. The lens balances very nicely with my D750 and and the photos are sharp with excellent color.

 
5.0

A keeper.

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

Great night shots in Barbados with my d750.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Acceptable quality "gold-ringed" lens

By Ming

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Pictures are sharp with f11 and above. Corners are always soft.

One thing really bugged me though - the warranty card came with it from B&H is blank. Nothing in the serial number box and model box. I called B&H and was assured it is a USA lens not an import.

 
5.0

Wide! #sweepstakes

By Matt the Jungle Lover

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great for going wide in crowded places or for truly capturing a landscape. #sweepstakes

 
4.0

Solid Performer

By Dan

from Seattle

Verified Buyer

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

The 16-35 mm range is great for FX cameras. This is a good lens and mostly very sharp, especially using the VR option. I'm shooting a D810 and the lens works beautifully for both full-body portraits and landscapes. I like being able to add a ND filter on the front, unlike the 14-24 mm. Color rendition is great. It's a little heavy but not noticeably so unless it's dangling from your neck all afternoon.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not as good at all - Big problems

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Bought this lens some 3 years ago and used it mostly in Patagonia-Chile where I live with my D800 and Df. Unfortunatelly, on my last trip to Torres del Paine this April, the lens failed completely while working with a D800 and I was in an area with special permit, normally not open for others. Do not know if I can get another permit with new lens. From one moment to another, it no longer worked (I did not fall). Diaphfragm was blocked and all images got with a whitish sky. Impossible to correct with less or more aperture. Something must have failed in the interior of the lens because the contacts with the camera are OK. Tried it with my other camera, the Df, same problem. All other lenses no problems with either camera, so definitly it was a lens problem. Impossible to repair in Chile and not considering to repair it abroad. Sorry, I no longer believe in it so will buy a new other lens which will be the 17-35 mm f/2.8. I lost my money with the 16-35 mm Nikkor f/4, because 3 years is nothing. I do not recommend it at all to anyone, or if yo still buy it, I wish you good luck.

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