Nikon 16mm - 35mm f/4.0 AF-S ED (VR-II) Vibration Reduction Wide Angle Autofocus Zoom Lens - Gray Market

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About Nikon

Skilled photojournalists and talented amateurs have grown increasingly appreciative of the visual versatility afforded by ultrawide- to-wide-angle zoom lenses. These focal lengths broke new ground in the 1990s with offerings such as the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 20-35mm f/2.8 and its advanced amateur counterpart, the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED.

Now, an all-new ultra-wide zoom featuring a fixed f/4 maximum aperture, Nano Crystal Coat, ED glass and Nikon VR II (4-stop) image stabilization offers discriminating Nikon digital SLR photographers an ideal blend of versatility and high performance priced well below its "pro" equivalent.

The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is sure to satisfy the needs of a broad range of shooters and, therefore, is poised to build sales and profits.

Designed to meet the performance demands of the larger Nikon FX format image sensor. It is, however, fully compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (46),Consistent output (32),Strong construction (32),Durable (26),Easily interchangeable (25),Rugged (22),Lightweight (16),Nice bokeh (12),Sharp (3)
Heavy (15),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (50),Low light (24),Weddings (18),Night photography (14),Video (5),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (23),Semi-pro photographer (20),Pro photographer (10)

Nikon Features

  • Definitive Wide-angle Zoom Lens
    Versatile wide-angle lens, perfect for travel, land and cityscapes, and general photography
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
    Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
  • Nano Crystal Coat
    Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
    Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
    Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration,even when shooting at the widest available aperture.
  • Internal Focus (IF)
    Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
    Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
    Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
    Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Nikon Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Lens (Elements)
Lens (Groups)
Compatible Format(s)
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film

Compatible Cameras: D1 Series, D2 Series, D40 Series, D50, D60, D70 Series, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300S, D3,DX3, D3S, D700
D3000, D5000
Pronea 600i, Pronea S Series
Nikon F5, F100, F80, F75, F65, F60, F55, F50, F-401
F4, F90 Series, F70, F801 Series, F601M (P and S modes only)
VR (Vibration Reduction)
Diaphragm Blades
Distance Information
Nano Crystal Coat
Aspherical (Elements)
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Internal Focusing
Minimum Focus Distance
0.95ft (0.29m) at a focal length of 16mm or 35mm
0.9ft (0.28m) at a focal length between 20mm and 28mm
Filter Size
(Approx.)3.2x4.9 in. (Diameter x Length)
82.5x125mm (Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 24.0 oz. (680g)
Lens Case
Lens Hood

Reviews about this item

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(based on 6 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Best Compromise

It took me a few months to realize that I would never make the most of the magnificent 14-24 f2.8 which I had bought a year ago. Too heavy, too big, no filters. I sold it on eBay, bought the 16-35, and I am using it much more than the bulky 14-24. The cherry is VR. I am only sorry it was not available a year ago!

Reviewed by 6 customers


Nice but very soft corners


from Allen, TX

Great lens with VR however the super soft and mushy corners are a big disappointment. I have returned this one for an exchange in the hope it was a bad copy, in which case I will update this review.


Superior Wide Angle


from Aurora CO  -  Pro Photographer

This is a super sharp FX lens that can handle the higher Mp cameras. It is a great choice for the D750 or D810. It 's strength lies in image quality, sharpness etc. I must qualify the 5 stars in that you might want the f/2.8 for Astrophotography but this lens may be sharper than the f/2.8. Not for DX were it turns into a 24-52 mm. If you have never tried an FX wide angle it can be a lot of fun with its great DoF. Great lens for the price.


Best lens for indoor wide angle use


from Jacksonville, FL

Pros: - Very fast - Very quiet Cons: - 16-19 you get a fisheye effect




from Chicago

super light lens but well built exceptionel images, i love it and so you will if you pick one. I'm using it with a d810


Good lens but it is big


from Boise, Idaho  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been using the 15 - 85mm DX lens prior to this one. I find that this lens is just as sharp with the advantage of being full frame. The only negative is the size and weight.


I'm Impressed!


from Middletown, VA 22645, USA

I had some reservations about putting out the $$$ for a wide angle lens in this price range. WOW! What a job this lens does. Now I regret waiting so long to buy it. Crisp, clean, and clear photos with no visible distortion.


Great wide angle zoom


from Fort Worth, TX  -  Pro Photographer

Sharp edge to edge. VR works great when shooting video.




from Dickinson, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Perfect for FX, super sharp zoom.


Gold is not all that shines


from Milwaukee  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used the lens for architecture and landscapes, for near and for far distances. The angles are great, the handles is fine. I've really disappointed about sharpness, maybe it was a bad piece of the glass - sorry Nikon!


Not best, but still a great utra-wide


from Kenya, Africa  -  Photo Enthusiast

USES: It's a versatile ultra-wide lens for that wide perspective for travel, landscapes, group photo's, and architecture photography. COMPARISON: The build quality is excellent, for being made of plastic (I miss the old metal bodied lenses). The zoom and focus ring feels smooth and is precise, but not as good at the 14-24 and the 16-35 lens is longer, but lighter, and about half the cost price of Nikon's 14-24 flagship ultra-wide lens. PROS: An advantage over the 14-24 is the ability to attach filters to the front end of the lens with a 77mm filter thread. The lens is the first ultra-wide lens made by Nikon that came with VR and Nikon claims that VR "enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible." The lens has a very usable zoom range and the close focusing allows you to capture some unique perspectives. Even though the lens is somewhat expensive, around $1250.00, it still brings value for the money. CONS: In my opinion, the sharpness of this lens is slightly sharper than it's older cousin 17-25 but not as tack sharp as the 14-24. Like most ultra-wides, you notice distortion: wide arms, Frankenstein head, and barrel distortion at the widest settings. I've also noticed vignetting, softened images around the corners and a lot of lens flare when used in direct sunlight. The lens is fast but again, not as fast as the 14-24. BLUF: The lens is sharp compared to other lenses (unless you're a professional or make large prints-you probably won't notice sharpness variations), the lens has a more usable focus range, and the VR allows one to take videos and photos on the move. It may not be the best contender in each separate category but overall it's an excellent, versatile, ultra-wide lens for the money. MYSELF: This lens stays close at hand for landscape photography when I travel. I've used this lens with my Nikon D600 and D750 and sold my other ultra-wides and have this as the only "go to" lens for the wide perspectives.


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