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.
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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!
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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.
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.
Pros: - Very fast - Very quiet Cons: - 16-19 you get a fisheye effect
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
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 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.
Sharp edge to edge. VR works great when shooting video.
Perfect for FX, super sharp zoom.
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!
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.