Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED VR review
The 16-35mm is an extremely well-made lens, with a high standard of fit and finish. The outer shell is made from high quality plastics, and according to Nikon, the internal barrel construction uses lightweight magnesium alloy. There's also a degree of weather weather sealing, most obviously a thick rubber seal around the lens mount.
The layout is entirely conventional, with broad zoom and focus rings, and a couple of easily-accessible switches on the side of the barrel to control the focus and stabilization modes. Both zooming and focusing are fully internal (which reinforces the overall impression of solidity), and extemely smooth in operation.
On the camera
The substantial size of the 16-35mm means that it doesn't look at all out of place on the chunky D3X body. Consequently, it rather dwarfs compact entry-level models such as the D3000, and overall it's perhaps most at home on larger cameras such as the D700 and D300. The zoom ring is placed towards the rear of the lens barrel rather close to the camera body, with the focus ring easily distinguished on the larger diameter front section, and the focus and VR mode switches readily accessible on the side of the barrel in between.
One word of warning, though; the sheer size of the lens makes it almost completely incompatible with built-in flash, as even on APS-C bodies it will cast obvious shadows towards the bottom of the frame at focal lengths shorter than 24mm.
Autofocus is via a ring-type ultrasonic AF-S motor, which is fast, positive and near-silent. The built-in motor also means the lens will autofocus on entry-level Nikon bodies which lack an in-body motor (from the D40 through to the D3000).
Lens body elements
Reported aperture vs focal length
This lens allows an aperture range from F4 to F22 at all focal lengths.
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