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

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Wide-angle lens with image stabilisation. Excellent flare reduction. Very few aberrations. Well built and sturdy.

The Bad No aperture ring.

The Bottom Line The 16-35mm is a fantastic wide-angle zoom lens from Nikon that exhibits amazing sharpness and is ideal for landscape, architectural and general photography.

8.7 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice May '10

This is Nikon's first ultra wide-angle lens with image stabilisation (or vibration reduction) built in. As with all Nikon F-mount lenses, this one is compatible with all of the company's dSLR range, from the D3000 right through to the top of the line D3S .

Design and features

Being an internal focus lens, all the lens elements move inside the unit, rather than extending out from the body itself. Maintaining a constant f/4 aperture throughout the focal length range, it contains 17 elements in 12 groups.

Weighing 680g, the lens protrudes 12.5cm from the camera body. The lens is surrounded in sturdy plastic with rubberised focusing and zooming rings that operate very smoothly. Focal length measures are provided just behind the zoom ring, including 16, 20, 24, 28 and 35mm markings.

At the front, the 16-35mm uses a 77mm filter thread. Also on the exterior are two physical switches, one to choose between focusing mode (the typical M/A and M selections) and the VR switch that turns the feature on or off.

The lens is coated in Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat that assists in the reduction of flaring and ghosting. Autofocusing is incredibly quiet thanks to the SWM (silent wave motor) and the lens itself is sealed to some extent against dust and moisture.

Nikkor 16-35mm image sample

There is little to no evidence of lens flare caused by this tricky lighting situation. (Credit: CBSi)

The closest the 16-35mm can focus is at 28cm which makes it mostly unsuitable for macro and close-up work. However, given the enormous 107-degree field of view, it's unlikely that photographers will attempt to use it for this purpose. In the box, the lens comes with a bayonet lens hood, a front and rear lens cap, and a lens pouch.

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