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Compared to Nikon 17-35mm F2.8 and 14-24mm F2.8 lenses

The first thing that strikes you on unboxing the 16-35mm F4 VR is its size - it's a surprisingly large lens given its relatively modest maximum aperture. To illustrate this, here it is between two wideangle stablemates, the venerable AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm F2.8D ED on the left and the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8G ED on the right. It's the same diameter as the 17-35mm but longer, and very close in size to the 14-24mm (add the lens caps and hood and it takes up much the same space in a camera bag).

On the plus side, the 16-35mm's smaller maximum aperture does mean that it's lighter then either. However the addition of VR has clearly resulted in a rather less portable package than Canon's unstabilized equivalent, the EF 17-40mm F4L USM (which is 75% of the weight and 80% of the length).

Specifications compared

The table below gives a summary of the key specification differences between these lenses:

Nikon AF-S Nikkor
16-35mm 1:4 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor
1:2.8 D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor
Diagonal angle of view (full frame) 107º - 63º 104º - 63º 114º - 84º
Filter thread 77mm 77mm None
Image stabilization VR II (4 stops claimed) None None
Weight 685g (1.5 lb) 745g (1.6 lb) 972g (2.1 lb)
82mm (3.2 in) diameter x 125mm (4.9 in) length
83mm (3.2 in) diameter x
106mm (4.2 in) length
98mm (3.9 in) diameter x 132mm (5.2 in) length

Compared to Canon and Sony 16-35mm F2.8 lenses

Just to add a second perspective to this, here is the 16-35mm F4 VR nestling between Sony and Canon's 16-35mm F2.8 zooms, which each of course gather twice as much light. The Nikon is physically longer then either, and is even fractionally heavier than the Canon to boot.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor
16-35mm 1:4 G ED VR
Sony Carl Zeiss
16-35mm F2.8 SSM
Canon EF
16-35mm F2.8L II USM
Filter thread 77mm 77mm 82mm
Image stabilization VR II (4 stops claimed) None None
Weight 685g (1.5 lb) 900g (2.0 lb) 635g (1.4 lb)
82mm (3.2 in) diameter x 125mm (4.9 in) length
83mm (3.2 in) diameter x
114mm (4.5 in) length
89mm (3.5 in) diameter x 112mm (4.4 in) length
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Total comments: 2
By harvestmedia1 (2 months ago)

Can anyone help me to find a suitable lens for my Nikon camera? I use the camera mainly for video and looking for a wide angle lens which is good in low light with VR option and also which can cover wide area in focus. I already have a 18-105 lens.
Thanks in advance.

Alex Moscow
By Alex Moscow (10 months ago)

Nikon 16-35 is a very nicely working tool as long as you stay with the prints below A3 - at this and bigger format lateral areas are far from being called sharp. All other characteristics are fairly described in this post and some others tests. People who look for lanscape photografy of high quality/forrmat should consider a different lense - I mean some sort of a fix e.g. Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G. Plus you'll get more light with such alternative.
Again, if you are happy with magnification up to A4 - no problem with this lense, no any at all.

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