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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
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- 16-35mm focal length, Minimum focus distance : 0.28m/11.02 inch
- 24-52.5mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras, 77mm filters
- F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-23|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Image Stabilization||vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.27 x 4.92 inches|
|Item Display Weight||680 grams|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.28 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel with magnesium alloy sub-structure, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 4.92 x 3.27 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||3.27 x 3.74 x 3.27 in||4 x 5.6 x 4 in||3.86 x 5.2 x 3.86 in||3.27 x 4.17 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.5 lbs||7.05 ounces||0.85 lb||2.5 lbs||2.14 lbs||1.64 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||standard-prime||Zoom lens||wide-angle||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||35 millimeters||35 millimeters||30 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 millimeters||35 millimeters||18 millimeters||15 millimeters||14 millimeters||17 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters||—||—||77 millimeters|
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens 24-52.5mm effective focal length with APS-C sensor cameras Ideal for wide-angle and normal shots Maximum aperture: f/4 Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
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.
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I just got my copy of the Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G VR AF-S and did some back to back testing of this lens against the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S. In almost all instances except when one needs to shoot at f/2.8 (but of course!), the Nikkor 16-35mm outperforms the 17-35mm handily. The improvements in acuity (sharpness), color and contrast are easily noticed. The improvement in corner-to-corner sharpness against the Nikkor 17-35mm is considerable.
How useful is the VR on this lens? This is best answered in the tests I made.
I conducted a back to back test of the 16-35mm vs the 17-35mm at night and observed that I can easily take good shots with this lens at 1/2 second at 35mm. My shots taken at the same shutter speed and focal length with the 17-35mm were not as sharp or were easily blurred. I needed to increase my shutter speed to 1/15 before I could get better results with the 17-35mm. Yet even then, the images taken with the 16-35mm were still sharper.
To raise the bar even higher, I installed the 16-35mm on my D300 where it has the equivalent field of view of 24-52mm. I shot the 16-35mm with the D300 at 35mm for an equivalent 52mm. I installed the 17-35mm on my D700 and shot at 17mm. Shooting the same scene at the same shutter speed and at the same aperture setting, I was able to get sharper images with the D300/16-35mm than I could with the D700/17-35mm despite the longer 52mm equivalent field of view vs. the 17mm of the D700/17-35mm. The images of the D700 were of course cleaner but not as sharp. The VR very clearly helped.
This result was most convincing and showed how well Nikon understood the importance of installing VR II even on an ultra-wide angle (UWA) lens such as this. As far as I am concerned, this settles for me any lingering doubt I had as to the usefulness of installing a VR on a UWA zoom or even a semi-wide to moderate telephoto zoom such as the Nikkor 24-70mm. If a VR II can do this much good with a 16-35mm zoom, it would do wonders if installed on the next iteration of the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom.
The usefulness and the effectiveness of the VR will not change my inclination for using a tripod whenever I can. But in those instances where setting up a tripod is difficult, not allowed or simply not possible, the VR on this lens will be very useful and appreciated.
I observed that there is indeed considerable distortion on this lens when shooting at 16mm. This improves somewhat at 17mm and becomes pretty good by 19mm. I noticed however that with careful placement, the distortion is nowhere as objectionable as I had feared. I also tried correcting the distortion during post-processing and it is fairly easy to do so. The 1mm wider coverage of the 16-35mm vs the 17-35mm is not a solid gain as one would need to be careful when shooting at 16mm but it is quite usable in certain conditions. My initial reluctance and anxiety about ever using this lens at 16mm has been calmed.
Compared to the Nikkor 14-24mm, a quick back-to-back test against of this lens against the 14-24mm shooting at 19mm f/4 showed that the 16-35mm is still no match to the Nikkor 14-24mm in corner to corner acuity. The 14-24mm is an exemplary wide-angle lens and remains unmatched till this day. The 14-24mm is also 2mm wider and faster. But the 16-35mm can accept filters and has VR. The 16-35mm is also lighter, less vulnerable as its front glass element can be filter-protected (when necessary in some instances), less expensive and is more useful for general use with its longer reach. Rather than consider one as a substitute for the other, I would consider the 16-35mm as a good complementary lens to the 14-24mm.
This UWA zoom is long and the lens itself without the hood is pretty close to the length of the 24-70mm. The box of the Nikkor 16-35mm is actually longer than the box of the Nikkor 24-70mm. This lens is considerably longer than the 17-35mm but is lighter. The 16-35mm uses the same hood as the 17-35mm. The 16-35mm is a bit more austere as it does not come with a padded case which is standard with the Nikkor 14-24-70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. But this helps to keep the cost low.
This lens uses a 77mm filter and thus interchangeable with the CPL and ND filters used with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR/VR II.
I will provide more feedback as I use this lens for a longer time.
Edit: May 7, 2010
I cannot helped but be impressed by how good this lens is. It is a very sharp lens and when properly matched with the right subjects, produces very impressive results. Previously, most of the tests were made using VR where I consistently saw how useful VR is for travel and landscape photography. Since then, I have had more time to use this lens. My recent testing of this lens was with the VR shut off. Instead of VR, I used this lens with the Nikon D700, mounted on a tripod, shooting mirror lock and using a Nikon remote cable release. Using this setup, I would be able to test how good the optics of this lens really is.
For several nights, I shot mostly cityscapes at ISO 200 from f/6.3 to f/10 from 1/10th second, 1-30 seconds exposure (without filters), and as long as 5 minutes (with filters and Nikon MC-36). I compared it against the Nikkor 17-35mm and the Nikkor 14-24mm. Viewing the JPGs at 100% magnification on my notebook, I am amazed at the level of details and the rich colors that I normally could only get from RAW files after post-processing. The details, colors and contrast were top notch and the lens resisted flaring very well. Needless to say, the images I derived from RAW files were a notch even better than the already excellent JPGs.
In terms of optics, the Nikkor 14-24mm is still tops, the Nikkor 16-35mm a close second, and the Nikkor 17-35mm a far third. Shooting nightscapes where the corners are not as critical, the Nikkor 16-35mm is almost as good as the Nikkor 14-24mm. Using ND filters, the Nikkor 16-35mm can deliver images I could not get with the Nikkor 14-24mm. The Nikkor 16-35mm is now my first choice in ultra-wide angle zoom for Nikon's FX body when I need to shoot with filters. This lens, together with my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G VR2, are now my favorite and most used lenses.
Using the Nikkor 16-35mm, I miss the ability of chucking the D700 in a small bag, something I could easily do with the Nikkor 17-35mm. Most often, I find myself reaching for a bigger bag when bringing the Nikkor 16-35mm. The Nikkor 14-24mm was never a small lens. In terms of length, the Nikkor 16-35mm is the longest of the three when the hood is installed. The longer length of the Nikkor 16-35mm gets in the way of packing it in a bag but its longer length makes for a better balance when handholding. The Nikkor 16-35mm also has the advantage of being lighter than both the 17-35mm and the 14-24mm.
Edit: May 13, 2010
Today, I sold my Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 and will use my Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR as my primary ultra-wide angle FX zoom lens when I need to use filters. I will keep and retain my Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8.
I should add that one reason why I sold my Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 is that I mainly use my Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G and not the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 for shooting people and events (as this keeps the distortion of people to a minimum). If one needs an f/2.8 and filter-capabilities for FX, the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 remains an excellent choice ... and really, the only choice if you want a Nikon made ultra-wide angle f/2.8 FX zoom lens that is filter-compatible.
My final verdict on the Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G VR? Highly recommended!
Edit: May 15, 2010
I am currently testing the Nikkor 16-35mm on DX and my initial impressions are as follows:
1. The 16-35mm on a DX effectively translates to a field of view of 24-52.5mm, Here, the lack
of an f/2.8 aperture is sorely felt since this focal length is very useful for taking photos
of people indoors.
2. The hood of the Nikkor 16-35mm is not as effective in shading this lens on a DX boy. This is
most apparent when used at its maximum focal length at 35mm outdoors in harsh sunlit conditions.
I believe that a longer hood for using this lens with DX bodies will provide better shading than
the current hood which has been designed primarily for FX. I tried installing the hood of the
Nikkor 24-70mm and it fits perfectly well on the 16-35mm lens. But this hood causes vignetting
from 16-24mm (effectively 24-36mm on DX) when the 24-70mm hood is used. It disappears after
24mm and is very effective in shading the 26-35mm focal range of this lens.
As a side note, the Nikkor 16-35mm and 24-70mm are almost of the same length. One can easily
pass off the 16-35mm as a 24-70mm by installing the 24-70mm hood on the 16-35mm. Just
what purpose this will serve however is another question.
The 16-35mm is considerably lighter than the 24-70mm. I noticed that the Nikkor 24-70mm at 35mm
is better than the Nikkor 16-35mm at 35mm.
3. The 16-35mm f/4 is incredibly sharp on a DX shooting wide-open pretty much from center all the way to
the corners except at 35mm where shooting at f/4.0 can get a bit soft at the corners. Stepping down
to f/5.6 onwards however corrects this. As also noted earlier, the colors and contrast are top-notch
though the colors on FX seems to be a bit more pleasing.
A DX owner planning to upgrade or add an FX body sometime in the near future should seriously consider
this lens. It would seem that under this circumstance, this Nikkor 16-35mm becomes a no-brainer choice
Comment: Why f/4.0 and not f/2.8?
I have read a lot of comments as to why this wide-angle lens has VR and why the aperture is only f/4.0 and not f/2.8. It would have been better, some have commented, for this lens to be f/2.8 and just dispense with the VR.
While it is easy for Nikon to design a Nikkor wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 as seen in the Nikkor 14-24mm and 17-35mm, the Nikkor 16-35mm is not really intended to follow in the footsteps of these 2 other Nikkor lenses. Nikkor already has the 14-24mm and 17-35mm for those who really need an f/2.8 aperture. Making this lens f/2.8 would have made it even bigger, much heavier and also more expensive.
Instead, given the f/4 and VR feature of this lens, it is best used not as a fast lens but as a landscape or travel lens by someone who will be shooting this handheld at apertures from f/5.6-11.0 at fairly slow shutter speeds. It is in landscape, cityscape and travel photography that this lens will shine most though it could also conceivably be used in other applications.
Making this lens f/2.8 (and thus bigger, heavier and more expensive) simply does not make sense if the user will be using this lens primarily in the f/5.6-f/11.0 range most of the time. An understanding of the primary use for which this lens is intended thus will minimize a mis-appreciation of this lens. This lens is very good for the use Nikon must have intended it for.
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.
[...] reviewed it and loved it. I love it. I've shot with it now over five thousand images since mid-August and it's awesome. The VR works! The shot I posted here is one of several that were shot on very slow shutter speed. It was taken at 1/6th of a second. After enlarging it to 200% the image is tack sharp. Normally I whip out my tripod for landscapes, but this shot was literally on the side of a busy highway, at dusk.
Anyway if you are looking for a very, very sharp lens, that handles extremely well on the D700 get this one. On the D300 it's a tad overwhelmed by the size. The only downside is the cheap lenshood which doesn't seem to stay on. Other than that, Nikon threw a perfect game.
Yes, there is distortion....doesn't bother me one bit to be honest, even uncorrected. When corrected in Lightroom, it is just fine IMO.