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

The Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is a smart choice for landscapes

Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The mighty Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED might seem the most obvious contender for an ultra-wide landscape zoom for Nikon’s FX format DSLRs, but we actually prefer the equivalent Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art. Compared with both of those, Nikon’s 16-35mm lens naturally has a less generous maximum viewing angle and aperture rating, but is less expensive to buy and has the advantages of featuring a filter attachment thread and optical stabilization. For landscape photographers, it’s the most sensible option.


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    Generous maximum viewing angle

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    77mm filter attachment thread

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    Optical VR


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    Less ‘wide-angle’ than some

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    f/4 rather than f/2.8 aperture

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The Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is relatively compact compared with Nikon’s 12-24mm zoom and only about two-thirds of the weight, while adding the bonus of optical VR. It’s also less pricey to buy and has a detachable hood that enables the inclusion of a 77mm filter attachment thread. Overall, it’s a great choice for shooting landscapes, cityscapes and architectural interiors, although its f/4 aperture makes it less ideal for astrophotography.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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