Nikon Nikon 16-35mm F/4G AF-S ED (VR-II) Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.


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),Strong construction (36),Consistent output (33),Durable (28),Easily interchangeable (27),Rugged (20),Lightweight (17),Nice bokeh (11),VR (3),Sharp (3)
Heavy (15),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (52),Low light (23),Weddings (18),Night photography (13),Video (5),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (24),Semi-pro photographer (21),Pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (3)

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 107 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Lens and works well on my D800!

I use this lens on my D800 for landscape shooting. It works very well. Everything is as my expect.


Most Liked Negative Review


Better off buying new

Lens is great but Nikon is getting cheap on its refurbished gear, lens was dirty which required cleaning, the front lens cap was broken, and the lens hood was missing. had spare cap and hood so I did not return for a refund, but will think twice about buying refurbished again.

Reviewed by 107 customers


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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Extremely Sharp Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens


from San Diego, California

This Nikon ultra wide angle zoom lens has exceptional resolution and an excellent focal length range. Its wide breath of focal length is well suited for landscape images without having to change lenses. Attached is a photo of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, taken at a shutter speed of 1/250, an aperture of f/4.5, an ISO of 100, and a focal length of 16mm, taken with a Nikon D800 camera body.


My 1st ultra wide lens


from Torrance, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my 1st ultra wide lens, and it has opened up so many new shot ideas that cannot be done with a normal or wide angle...I find myself using the 16mm more than anything as I explore how I can use the lens.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Overall A Great, Flexible Lens


from Seattle  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great lens in many respects, but I can't bring myself to give it 5 stars. As background on myself, I have owned in the past the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 24mm f/1.4G, as well as the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 for Sony A-mount cameras, and I've had the opportunity to use or try a number of other ultra-wide lenses as well. I'll go into drawbacks first. First off is the oft-mentioned strong distortion at 16mm. This is true. It's also true that most post processing software (Lightroom, Capture One, DxO, etc) allow you to correct this distortion, and for many subjects you will want to. Bear in mind, however, that you are effectively cutting off edges of the frame and subtly changing your composition when you make these corrections in post, as well as causing some loss of resolution on those edges. I personally try to correct the distortion only when necessary, for these reasons. Additionally, the lens build quality is only 'good' as opposed to great. It lacks the solidity of feel that other Nikon gold-ring professional lenses have, much less offerings from Zeiss in the ZF line. Finally, for negatives, is the persistent feeling I have (with my D800E) that the transparency or 'brilliance' of this lens is lacking in comparison to the 14-24mm or Nikon 24mm f/1.4G or the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8. Those lenses seem to transmit image info to the camera in a way that renders the scene like a clear window onto the world, pulling me in with an almost three-dimensional effect; the Nikon 16-35mm f/4, in contrast, seems to distance me from the scene, almost like there is a thin veil over the end of the lens. This results in more time in post, playing with clarity and saturation and contrast and levels, in order to punch up the image to get close to what the 14-24mm and Zeiss 21mm provide from the start. Now for the positives. This is a very sharp lens, and the colors are rendered in a generally pleasing, Nikon-esque way. Contrast is usually pretty high and it is much more resistant to flare than the 14-24mm f/2.8. It focuses quickly and, for my copy, accurately, although this slows down at night (thanks to the slower max aperture of f/4). The VR system works very well and is a great addition to wide angle lenses that traditionally many thought wouldn't benefit from VR. And this lens accepts(and works very well with) filters, giving you a greater range of creative options. It is also lighter and somewhat easier to carry than the 14-24mm. In short, this is a 4 star lens. It's priced right for the performance it gives you. However, the 14-24mm f/2.8 is a 5 star lens, particularly with regard to it's lack of distortion and the clarity of the images it renders. If you are trying to decide between the two, it comes down to this: if you are looking for ultimate image quality or need low distortion (e.g. architecture work), and/or need very high quality straight out of the camera (e.g. reportage scenarios where you have to shoot JPEG and then immediately upload your shots) and you have the money, get the 14-24mm f/2.8. If you need a slightly lighter lens that will be easier to handhold thanks to the VR (e.g. for hiking/travel), and that will more easily accept filters without an expensive third-party add-on, and can spend some more time in post getting the images to look the way you want, get this lens.


A useful compromise


from Falls Church, VA  -  Pro Photographer

I have owned the 14-24 and 24-70 f/2.8 for years now. I bought the 16-35mm speculating that it might replace one or the other for me: the 14-24 for the obvious applications, replacing 24-70 as the lens on my 2nd body, paired with the 70-200mm f/2.8. What everyone else has written is true: the distortion on the short end is really severe, the outer edges are soft compared to the other zooms, the center is sharp, the VR is useful, the handling is nice, the weight is nice, the filter ability is really nice. I'll say that even with all that, it is finding a place in my bag. I like it better than the 24-70mm when shooting events as it goes shorter and has VR and if I'm shooting past 35mm, I'll use the 70-200mm and compose by moving in or out as appropriate. It's lighter and takes filters so it may replace the 14-24mm as well; not for sky but for running water, wet leaves and the like. I'll also say that having 77mm filters is really nice when placing the lens on a blackmagic camera via the metabones adapters. I don't want to buy more than 1 Singh-ray vari-nd or mor-slo. It's short enough to be useful in a lot of situations with the adapters.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Shaper than the old 17~35mm F2.8


from San Jose  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Althouge it is not F2.8, the build is solid and the image is shaper than the old 17~35mm F2.8. VR is also usefull in low light conditions. Operation is sliky smooth. It is a good landscape lens over all. My only concern is the design of the rear lens element -- it is easy to collect dust and moisture.


Great lens


from Lake Worth, Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Fabulous lens for landscapes and sunsets


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