Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Announced Feb 9, 2010 •
Wideangle zoom lens | Nikon F (FX)
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Announced Feb 9, 2010
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Nikon's 16-35mm F4 VR lens is the first true wide zoom to sport optical stabilization, but thankfully doesn't compromise imaging performance to do so. It's very well built with dust and moisture sealing, and has very effective autofocus and stabilization systems. The one outstanding flaw is huge barrel distortion at wide angle on FX, although this can be corrected in software if necessary. As long as you can live with the distortion the 16-35mm is an excellent choice, particularly for full frame users.

Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 16–35 mm
Image stab. Yes (vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Max aperture F4.0
Min aperture F22.0
Min focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Weight 685 g (1.51 lb)
Length 125 mm (4.92)

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Our review

Nikon's 16-35mm F4 VR is the first true wide zoom to sport optical stabilization, but thankfully doesn't compromise imaging performance to do so. It's an excellent choice particularly for full frame users, but you do need to be aware of its pronounced barrel distortion at wide angle.

Good for: Users of full frame Nikon SLRs looking for a wideangle zoom that's less expensive and more portable than the existing F2.8 options.

Not so good for: Architecture and interiors (due to distortion at 16mm), DX users (due to limited range)

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