Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Ideal for wide-angle and "normal" shots
- Maximum aperture: f/4 ; Offers two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)
- Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
- Image stabilization, vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops
- Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs
- AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens
- 24-52.5mm effective focal length with APS-C sensor cameras
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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Landscapes, cityscapes and interiors often require an extra-wide-angle lens to capture the complete picture. With the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, you not only get focal lengths that cover a remarkably broad range, but your images will also benefit from the handheld steadiness of Nikon’s VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization (2.5 stops*), sharp focusing and rich color rendition. Additionally, you will love having an f/4 fixed aperture lens that covers the focal range without sacrificing brightness or depth of field.
Nikon VR II image stabilization
From daylight to low light, inside or out, near or far, your creative bases are covered with the astonishing versatility of the AF-S NIKKOR 16–35mm f/4G ED VR. Nikon VR image stabilization provides 2.5 stops of blur free handheld shooting. You can leave the tripod at home and create with spontaneity and confidence, even when lighting is less than ideal.
Superior stills and HD video in any setting
AF-S NIKKOR 16–35mm f/4G ED VR includes some of Nikon’s most advanced lens technologies for exceptional performance in a broad range of shooting situations. From its flare and ghosting reducing Nano Crystal Coat (N) to its ultra-fast, ultra-quiet Silent Wave Motor (SWM) internal focusing motor, the AF-S NIKKOR 16–35mm f/4G ED VR is an advanced lens for today’s advanced DSLR cameras.
Capture all the details around you
With 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical lens elements, the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens optical design achieves high resolution quality throughout the entire zoom range for brilliantly sharp images.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon FX||Nikon F||Nikon FX||Nikon FX||Nikon FX||Nikon DX|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Autofocus||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||4.92 x 3.27 x 3.27 inches||2.87 x 3.03 x 3.03 inches||2.09 x 2.83 x 2.83 inches||4.53 x 3.27 x 3.27 inches||5.20 x 3.86 x 3.86 inches||2.09 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches|
|Item Weight||1.50 lbs||0.51 lbs||6.61 ounces||1.76 lbs||2.14 lbs||7.05 ounces|
|Lens Type||Wide Angle||Wide Angle||Standard||Telephoto||Wide Angle||Standard|
|Maximum Aperture||4||4.5 millimeters||f/1.8||f/3.5||2.8||1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||20||50 millimeters||300 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 millimeters||10||50 millimeters||28 millimeters||14 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||72 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters||—||52 millimeters|
The Nikkor 16-35mm f/4.0G AF-S ED VR Wide Angle Zoom Lens 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. With an 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. Before focusing, rotate the zoom ring to adjust the focal length until the desired composition is framed. On using wide- or super wide-angle AF NIKKOR lenses autofocus may not perform as expected when shooting.
From the Manufacturer
Nikon's versatile 16-35mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Zoom lens is 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.
2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
3 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.
1 Year Nikon Inc. USA Limited Warranty 4 Years Nikon Inc. USA extended service coverage
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The 16-35 feels like most late-generation Nikon lenses: Solid and smooth. Although the body is some sort of plastic it doesn't really feel cheap, and the weight savings is appreciated. No aperture ring which matters to fewer and fewer each day. For me I appreciate having one less opening in the lens case. A nice addition to this lens and other current gen Nikon lenses is the index dot for mounting the lens. Many earlier Nikon lenses didn't have this dot and I'd end up making little white tape wedges to substitute.
Optical quality is amazing. One of the big differences between this lens and the 14-24 is the lack of ghosting, particularly with night shots and point light sources. I shoot a lot of cityscapes at night and I never used my 14-24 because it's just awful with flare and ghosting due to that big round front element. The 16-35 has none of that mess, which is great. Still not as clean as my primes in extreme situations but much much better than the 14-24.
The VR is actually a lot more useful than I thought it would be. It definitely sharpens things up when running and gunning handheld in the city. No downsides that I can find. Having a standard filter thread is a godsend coming from the 14-24. Being able to use a standard polarizer and my "big stopper" ND is really nice. One downside (compared to primes) is the size; it's about the same length as the 24-70, but compared to the 14-24 not so bad.
All in all I'm really pleased with this lens. I can't seem to find a reason to take the 14-24 out much anymore. The VR isn't a feature to buy this lens for but it's nice to have. No reason to buy the 14-24 versus this lens...most cameras these days have no problem compensating for the loss of a stop and the difference in DOF just isn't going to be that noticeable
I reviewed a number of lenses before settle in the Nikon 16-35 mm. Looked into the Nikon 14-24 and Nikon 24-70 and although these two are part of the Nikon 'trinity' I bought the 16-35 mm and I have no regrets. I travel a lot and my camera and lenses are always with me, the 16-35 is one of them, this lens is reliable, fast, very sharp and VR adds to its versatility. This lens works great in low light with still subjects and it is priced at a competitive price.
A couple of features that I simply HAD to have: (a) Nano Crystal Coat; (b) VR; (c) Compatibility with my D850; and (especially) Image Quality
Caution: Double check the weight of this lens. It may be a bit heavy for some folks.
1) Great lens for shooting landscapes on a full frame camera. Great field of view.
2) Very very good at preventing sun flares on wide shots when the sun is off center. The lens coatings are excellent.
3) The lens is soft at the edges when shooting 16mm and your subject is close, like within 5-10 feet such as shooting low to the ground, but is acceptable. Anything that is 20+ feet away from the lens is sharp even at the edges. I think the curvature of the lens at close range causes this. Overall a great lens when you want to be able to carry screw on filters and still get a pretty wide FOV.
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I had intended going for the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, I already own the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 so it seemed at first to be a no brainer given the 14-24mm's reputation for image quality.
Then I did some online research, a whole day in the end, and the choice became increasingly less obvious. Opinion was pretty much divided, no one argued the quality of the 14-24mm but in other areas the choice was less clear cut.
I decided to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate how I would be using the lens.
The lens was for intended for landscape so the 16-35mm on an FX body was a good focal length for this.
I like to shoot in inclement weather, the Nikon 14-24mm's inability to accept filters so having the front element exposed to wind, sand, sea spray and rain without the protection of a UV filter would have been a major concern.
The 16-35mm is an f4, so down a stop on the 14-24mm, and unlike many landscape photographers I rarely use a tripod as I find it gets in the way. Photographing whilst standing on slippery wet boulders can be tricky enough without a tripod to send you flying, so I tend to opt for a monopod or hand hold. So the Vibration Reduction had appeal.
Also the for me focal length had an advantage, 16-35mm covers a good spectrum of wide angle use. I try to plan for the lens I need before I go out and shoot. Changing lenses in rough weather is not a good idea to me, not only the risk of unwanted debris entering the camera or rear of the lens, but also the risk of dropping it.
On this basis I opted for the 16-35mm f4. So how have I found performance?
I ran some tests as far as I was able against my Nikon 24-70 f2.8, I took some shots at 24mm and 35mm on both lenses at the same f-stops, f4 and f8 with my Nikon D800 mounted on a tripod. I then blew these up to 300% in PhotoshopCC on a 27 inch monitor. This way exceeded what I would require of the lens.
At 35mm the Nikon 24-70mm appeared to have the advantage in terms of edge to edge sharpness, also for some unknown reason the the 16-35mm seemed to loose colour saturation compared to the 24-70mm. At f8 the 16-35mm was better though not the colour. This was simply adjusted in Photoshop.
At 24mm the situation reversed and the results were very noticeably better than those from the 24-70mm at both f stops. The colour saturation problem also disappeared.
I also ran some tests at 16mm, though I could not make any direct comparisons, the shots were taken in a conservatory with white chairs that had a wicker pattern on them. At f4 there was no real detail on the chairs at the image edges, at f8 the image improved very dramatically with good detail across the entire frame. This improved still further at f11.
All images taken at on the Nikon 16-35mm at f8 and viewed at 100% in Photoshop were impeccable.
In the field.
If I was still having doubts about my choice these did disappear once out in the wilds. This is a lovely lens to use. At first I thought it felt bit light and plastic for a pro Nikon lens, but once on the D800 it felt very well balanced and a very comfortable weight. It is fully weather sealed and suffered no mishaps when shooting close up to water falls despite getting fairly wet.
The quality of the images has not disappointed in any way. I think what counts are the results you get in the field, and this lens really delivers, also I experienced no issues at 35mm.
Also there is a significant price difference between the 14-24mm and the 16-35mm, large enough in fact to buy another piece of kit.
Perhaps if I ever take up interior photography I will take another look at the 14-24mm.
There are far more detailed reviews here as well as on the net; so I'll keep it simple:
1) the 16-35mm is lighter (680g versus 1000g) than the 14-24mm. One can argue that if you're shooting landscape and the lens is mounted on a tripod, the weight doesn't matter. Well, who's going to carry it there? :)
2) the 16-35mm is cheaper (£829 versus approx. £1200) than the 14-24mm. That's highly subjective to your budget, but £370 is a considerable sum which can be invested back in your photography gear.
3) As if the 14-24mm isn't bulky enough, please Google pictures of the 14-24mm with the Lee filter system; it's an absolute behemoth.
4) The 16-35mm range on this is far more practical allowing it to act as a landscape/street photography hybrid. The 2mm loss on the wide end is considerable but at 16mm you are already quite wide. If you are going to lose sleep over the 2mm, then get the 14-24mm, simple as.
5) F2.8 to F4 is a full one stop reduction... that's definitely a big deal if you're considering this for night sky photography; if that's the primary use then by all means grab the 14-24mm! However my hypothesis is this is a primarily a landescape lens in which case you'll have a lot more in focus wide open at F4 than at F2.8. It terms of light loss, given that both are likely to be mounted on a tripod (see point above), then really the F2.8 is no longer as a big loss at it first appears (no pun intended).
6)The addition of VR may encourage you to use this handheld, a far more enjoyable experience than a tripod/cable release combo.
I hope I have convinced you to save yourself and your wallet some serious cash which you can spend on some filters, etc
I'll be posting some sample photos following the bank holiday weekend so you can judge the lens sharpness, distortion for yourselves etc
The lens is quite long, almost as long as my 24-70mm f2.8 Nikkor but it is light as it has a plastic outer case but it doesn't feel cheap and feels well made.
I think it was a good decision,I previously owned a Nikon 14-24 which is a very good lens but I found that its not a very practical lens for lugging around - its heavy, the glass protrudes past the casing and the lense cover is huge, I was constantly worried about damaging it.
The 16-35mm is in my opinion far more practical and I cant tell the difference in the quality.
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