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

(based on 437 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (352)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

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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5.0

Perfect zoom range for what I needed

By Paul

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens! I considered the pricier 14-24mm f/2.8, but decided this was sufficient for my primary purpose: taking inspection photos for construction sites. For time-saving purposes I needed something to show as much of the interior rooms as possible in fewer shots, and this does the trick. What I wasn't expecting is the extra reach this lens gives at the 35mm end allowed me to do the whole job with one lens! And talk about time savings - not only did I not have to keep switching lenses, but the dynamic range of this lens is better than anything in my bag, so my post-processing was practically non-existent. The focus is very fast, and the sharpness is everything I was hoping for.

 
5.0

I would but this lens again

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I debated if I should buy this lens as a replacement for the Nikon 17-35 f/2.8. Decided to buy the 16-35. Very happy with it. It is a bit taller than the 17-35 but it is lighter. Tried it on my Nikon D810. Very happy with the results. I'm not concerned about the f stop difference (2.8 vs 4) even though I like to shoot in lower light. Sold the 17-35.

 
5.0

Great glass

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing wide angle lense. I actually like it more than the 14-24.

 
5.0

Happy With The Lens

By Douglas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Have used this lens for about 2weeks with good results, both indoors and outdoors.

Crisp clear images and gives me a new wide angle perspective.

 
5.0

I recommend this lens

By Sandor

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I shoot weddings this lens works well with my 70-200,love it

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens!

By Guy

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is a follow-up to my previous review now that I've had a chance to use it in the field. I'm really impressed with the super-fast autofocus and the outstanding results. This is a keeper!

 
3.0

Good lens if plastic is ok with you

By Francis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good: very sharp and clear @ f5.6 to f11.
Bad: annoying distortion.
Ugly: Lens body and the filter thread are plastic material.

 
5.0

I would buy again.

By Laszlo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect for me!

 
4.0

Super Wide

By RalphS

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is just a little bit smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8, therefore relatively easy to carry preforms as expected. Clean crisp images. It was tight when I fisrt got it, when mounting to my camera. I'm hoping it loosens up a little with use.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!!!!

By Tags

from Crown Point, IN

Verified Buyer

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

I was looking for a wide angle zoom to round out my lens line up. At first I looked into the Nikon 14-24. Beautiful lens and great reviews but a little too expensive for my budget. The 16-35 was a better deal in my eyes. I and not sorry about my decision. Images are outstanding. Corner to corner sharpness, little to no fringing and accurate color. This lens is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wide zoom for their full frame Nikon. Check out the attached images.

 
5.0

Great Wide Angle Lens!

By John

from Herndon, VA

Verified Buyer

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

Great wide angle lens for my D810. It complements my 24-70 2.8, 80-20 2.8, and 200-500 4.0.

 
5.0

Really great value and performance

By Guygabriel

from New York Metropolitan Area

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens mainly based on the reviews because I wanted a good wide-angle zoom that offered a wider range than my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (which I still have and use often). A nice advantage is that the 16-35mm uses the same diameter filters as my 24-70mm and 70-200mm, which means I don't have to carry as many filters when I'm out shooting. Also, the lens is much lighter than the 14-24mm, but I assume that's because there's a lot more plastic used in the construction. Honestly, I haven't taken many photos with it just yet, but the photos I've seen from my brother-in-law (who also uses this lens) are really impressive. They're super-sharp from corner-to-corner, and the VR is very helpful when shooting in low-light situations (we like to do a lot of night shooting in and around NYC).

 
5.0

Great Lens!!

By BobN

from Pennsylvania

Verified Buyer

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

I take a lot of landscape and walk around shots when on vacation and just day trips. I was using a 24-120 mm. lens for the same type shots but found that it was not short enough for a good walk around lens. I found the 16-35mm. to be a better lens for this purpose. It is a little soft on the edges when shot wide open at f/4 but is still acceptable. When stopped down to f/5.6 it get tack sharp!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This fills an important spot in my arsonel of nikon lenses!

By Walt

from Diamond Bar Ca.

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has very impressive performance.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The best option for me

By yolaholga

from Nowhere Zen NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I photograph weddings and events and have used the Nikon 16-35mm (owned it, sold it and just repurchased it) the Nikon 14-24mm (borrowed a friends copy) and the Tokina 16-28 (owned it and will be selling it). In the end the Nikon 16-35mm is the best option for me since I like to keep a wide angle on one camera throughout the event and this covers from ultra wide to almost normal.
The Nikon 14-24mm is fantastic in every way but a bit too limited in focal length for me and the Tokina, while sharp, was not always accurate and that is the one thing that I can not compromise on. I also purchased two used copies of the Nikon 17-35mm (not from B&H) but they both had mechanical problems and in my opinion the price of it new is too much.
After repurchasing the Nikon 16-35mm and testing it against the Tokina I have found it to be sharper, quieter, faster and more accurate. So, now I am back to my original choice and although I would prefer a 2.8 lens, this will do until something better comes along or Nikon updates the 17-35mm f/2.8.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lens is everything I expected

By 8Inchscar

from PA.

Verified Buyer

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

Got great shots even before I turned on the VC

 
5.0

Excellent Wide-Angle Zoom!

By Don

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I was looking for a wide-angle zoom for my Nikon D-750. I considered this lens and the Nikkor 18-35mm. After reading several reviews, I decided on the 16-35mm. I'm glad I did. It is an excellent lens and very sharp. I like the constant f/4 aperture and the vibration reduction feature. I'm using the lens for landscape photography.

 
5.0

I love this lens

By Darin

from Philadelphia and environs

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for landscape photography. I did not need (though I would have liked) a lens that I could also use to photograph the night sky (I have a 14mm lens that works well for that).

I wanted a really wide lens that was reasonably sharp and had limited distortion. And it had to be compatible with my Lee filter system. This 16-35 is perfect for my needs. I have I don't normally like zoom lenses, but I have already appreciated having the range on this one. Images are plenty sharp. Distortion is slight and easily corrected.

I was replacing my Nikkor 20mm f/2.8, which is a great lens but not wide enough for me. I dismissed the 14-24, which is certainly a great lens, but would cost me more than twice as much to get it and filter adapters and new filters for a tiny gain in angle of view, a bit sharper image, and less (different ?) distortion.

I haven't tried the VR. So I can't comment. This lens would be perfect if it was f/2.8, but that would no doubt up the cost and might prevent it from taking my filters. But for what it is, it's great.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very good but distortion at 16mm a problem

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am in the real estate photography business and I bought this lens after using a Sigma 12-24mm (Excellent for interiors) for some years. Compared to the Sigma this lens seems to be better in terms of handling contrast on bright sunny days and color definition. There is one glaring issue and it is that the distortion at 16mm is intense.
Nobody in this business has time to edit lots of heavily distorted images in Photoshop so I rely on Lightroom to bale me out. LR does a fair job but does not have a dedicated profile for this lens for use in jpg, It does in raw which is good for exterior shots but not for interior jpg images. When shooting 16mm jpg I recommend to use the Nikon 24-70mm profile in LR and offset the distortion as best you can

 
5.0

Perfect Landscape, Cityscape and Street Lens.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Along with my 24-70 this lens is the perfect outdoors lens. Great for all kinds of photography. Sharp, great color and contrast. Along with my D810 you can't ask for much more.

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