AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
This is the Wide Angle Lens You Need
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. I use this lens with a Nikon D800E mainly for scenes 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. You can buy one set of quality filters and use the filters on multiple lenses. This lens is awesome in every aspect. It's only competition is the 14-24 2.8 which only goes 2mm wider and is about $750 more than the 16-35. Plus 16-35 has a lot more useful focal range. Built solid, ZERO slop in the focus ring. Highly recommended if you're looking for a pro wide lens.
April 4, 2014
I really like this lens. I have had it for a couple of months by now, and I am still amazed by how sharp it is. Highly recommend it!
Note to Nikon: I really miss the f-stop ring
March 24, 2014
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