16-35 f/4 VR disappoints on D800

Started Aug 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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MichaelK81 Regular Member • Posts: 203
16-35 f/4 VR disappoints on D800

After upgrading to a D4 from my D300 (on which I used the 12-24mm f/4), I needed a wide angle zoom for landscapes and architecture. I really wanted the 14-24mm, but my cokin filter system wouldn't work with it, so I went with the 16-35mm f/4 VR. I totally understand why Nikon stuck VR into a slower lens, and it performed ok on my D4. However, my D800 is what I intend to use for landscapes and architecture, and during a recent outing with the kiddies, I took a few snaps with a tripod. Needless to say, I'm really bummed by the softness and CA, which becomes apparent just half-way from the center. See below:

ISO 200, f/8, 1/250sec, 16-35mm f/4 VR @ 16mm, VR off.

Here's a 100% crop in the center, all looks fine, plenty of detail and sharpness:

Half-way from the center, you're already seeing serious softness...

And the edges, useless. This might as well have been shot on a P&S.

I think I may end-up selling it on eBay, and take a financial hit in the process, but the 100% crops I've seen from the 14-24 don't even compare. To make things even easier, LEE filters makes a filter holder specifically designed around the 14-24mm. This would mean selling my cokin system, but what the heck, half these resin filters are scratched up anyway.

Just really bummed. I expected more from a made-in-japan pro level glass.

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