AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
best of class
I read all the reviews and commentaries and took the plunge. I was using the D90 with 10-24 Nikkor and decided it was more important to have UWA in that range with my FX D600. The 10-24 is an amazing lens, but so far the 16-35 seems even better. VR actually is very useful (I often need to take advantage of mega depth-of-field) and stopping down to f11ish I can hand-hold at crazy-slow shutter speeds, this is particularly useful when I am shooting at an angle that is not conducive to tripod use. As noted, it is a big lens, but if you want all the bells and whistles of today's cutting-edge optical tech best start doing some bench presses, ha ha.
March 5, 2014
If you're looking for a wide-angle zoom that will cover an FX sensor, you should consider the 16-35mm f/4 VR. I'm very happy with this lens. It may not be quite as good as the 14-24mm f/2.8 lens when it comes to sharpness, but they're very close. The 14-24mm is an excellent lens. However, there are some
advantages to the 16-35mm. In my opinion, a big advantage is the ability to attach filters to the front of the lens ---- you can't do that with the 14-24mm. The 14-24mm is faster (f/2.8) but the 16-35mm has VR which allows shooting at slower shutter speeds in lower light without a tripod.
At the 24mm setting and either f/5.6 or f/8, the lens is EXCELLENT. At some of the other focal lengths there is slight softness in the extreme corners, but it's minor.
I use this lens with a Nikon D800 mainly for scenics in the FX mode. The filter thread on the lens is 77mm, which is the same thread used on many of the best Nikon lenses (the 24-70mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8). You can buy one set of quality filters and use the filters on multiple lenses.
I would not hesitate to recommend this lens. If you have money to burn, buy the 14-24mm; but if you buy the 16-35mm you won't be sorry and you'll save money.
September 12, 2012
Ideal WA zoom for general use.
Purchased for use on a D3X as a general WA lens, jobs range from WA room views in an industrial/enginnering environment to personnel presentations and very large (500+) group shots which have been enlarged to 3 metre wide and every face is recognisable, this lens covers the lot, I've not had a duff shot from it yet. The VR is a boon when only hand held can be used on certain jobs and although the 16mm distortion is noticable it can be managed in PP.
Also quite often my lenses get oil mist and dross thrown on them so having the front filter facility is an essential for me and very welcome compared to the 14-24.
After 40+ years of using Nikon professionally I think I have finally found the perfect WA zoom, well until Nikon bring a new one out...................
It may not be the perfect lens, but it is a great one.
July 16, 2012
Tempted between this and 24-70, f2.8
I was willing to go either way on lenses as a new user of the D800, but letting my head rule the heart for a change on this decision and realizing that many of my landscape shots would benefit from wider angle, I invested in it.
I love this lens and it provides interesting perspective with superb quality. Distortion is there at the widest angle but I merely adjust as needed. One should think and compose when looking through such a wide lens in any case. The 24-70 was recommended to me as a great walk about lens for my D800 but it is too heavy for me and this is not good on a D800 camera that reveals shooting compromise/ camera shake. This lens is lighter and has VR. It's a terrific lens for landscape and an indispensable travel tool for low light. Mine will be complimented with the 85mm 1.8 for portraits. Buy it if you work landscape and hate carrying tripods.
July 4, 2012
An Absolute Keeper
I bought this lens last november 16,2011 and i took my first picture on thanksgiving of this year the result is amazing.
November 24, 2011