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

Wide-angle zoom lens for compatible Nikon digital SLR cameras

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



Our take on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens

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This premium Nikon lens delivers impressive wide-angle shooting throughout its zoom range on a full-frame camera such as the Nikon D700. Take expansive photos of ocean and beach scenes, or fit a large group of people into a single frame. On Nikon DX cameras like the D300s, which have smaller sensors, you'll also add "normal" focal lengths. They're ideal for capturing scenes the same way you see them with your own eyes. And a large maximum aperture throughout the focal range means you'll be able to capture well-exposed photos, even when shooting in lower light with slower shutter speeds.

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Superior clarity from every photo
World-class Nikon optics ensure accurate, razor-sharp results. A multi-coating on the lens minimizes flare and ghosting. Your photos will be clear and detailed across the entire field of view — from one edge to the other — thanks to two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. And Nikon's built-in Silent Wave Motor makes autofocus very fast and nearly silent. You'll be able to quickly focus on your subject and snap images of candid moments.

Compensates for hand-held shooting
The lens has built-in vibration reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.


  • AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens
  • designed for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • 24-52.5mm effective focal length with APS-C sensor cameras
  • built-in vibration reduction for dramatically sharper still images and video capture (enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than without VR)
  • ideal for wide-angle and "normal" shots
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • minimum focus distance: 11 in.
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • maximum aperture: f/4
  • lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • contains two ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • three aspherical lens elements provide clear, accurate focus from one edge of the image to the other
  • multi-coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • attachment/filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 3-1/4" in diameter, 4-15/16" long
  • weight: 24 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • bayonet lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and soft case

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 16mm-35mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Weight 24 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration
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  • 16-35mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G ED VR lens
  • HB-23 Lens hood
  • LC-77 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL-1120 Soft lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fren/Span + 9 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Product registration card
  • Nikon extended warranty offer

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Overview: The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-35mm, f/4G ED VR lens is wide angle zoom lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness. It is designed for general photography, especially for travel, landscapes, and cityscapes.

Nano Crystal Coat: The lens has a Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

ED Elements: Two built-in Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest available aperture.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Focus Mode Switch: You can easily switch between manual and auto focus operation by using the convenient M/A Focus Mode Switch, located on the barrel of the lens.

Nikon VR II Image Stabilization: Engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, the Vibration Reduction II Image Stabilization enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. Vibration Reduction is through a lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs).

Internal Focus: The Internal Focus feature provides quiet auto focus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.


  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 16 - 35mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 1.0' at 16mm, 35mm; 0.9' at 20-28mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups with 3 aspherical and 2 ED glass elements, and some Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens elements
  • Picture Angle:
    • 107° - 63° with 35mm (135) format Nikon film SLR cameras and Nikon FX format digital SLR cameras
    • 83° - 44° with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
    • 94° - 52° with IX240 system cameras
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 3.2", Length: 4.9"
  • Weight: approximately 24 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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5 out of 5

Great Lens

Written By Publius, New York on Monday, July 21, 2014
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Super wide. Lens is 2mm longer than Nikon's widest lens, but half the price. It's a great, well made lens that does everything you could ask well.
Not a small lens, but a zoom this wide is going to be large.
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5 out of 5

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

Written By Bparr, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens is one of Nikon's best lenses. It delivers sharp, clear images and I look forward to using it more.
17 to 35mm the images are outstanding.
Set at 16mm, this lens may tend to "bow" in straight lines that are toward the edges of the image. This, however, can be over come in Light Room or Photo Shop during post processing. This lens is not a low light lens for auto-focus. In low light, consider manual focus.
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5 out of 5

Nice lense

Written By FM, New York on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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I was debating this or the 17-35 f2.8 So far I'm happy with this but never demoed the other
Half the price of 17-35 and sharper
None so far
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5 out of 5

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

Written By Kim, Fulton, NY on Monday, January 14, 2013
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I love this lens! I have only had the opportunity to use it twice but already I can see this will be one of the most used lenses that I own. Although there is quite a learning curve for properly using a wide angle like this, I am up for the challenge and hope to maximize the potential of this lens.
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Written By Valery, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, September 25, 2011
Why I bought Nikon 16-35mm f/4 having Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8? Because N16-35mm has constructive advantages: 1) possibility of using filters, mainly for the lens protection; 2) less weight and bulk; 3) VR. All these features are very important for travelling time. Optically Nikon 16-35mm is behind of Nikon 14-24mm: 1) f/4 vs. f/2.8 - maximum f-stop; 2) 16mm vs. 14mm - minimal (widest) focal length. Though zoom range of N16- 35mm is bigger, photographers use shortest focal length more often; 3) N16-35mm at the maximum f-stop especially at 16mm has not sharp corner performance. Correction is possible by moving to f/8. N14-24mm at 14mm gives very good border resolution even wide opened. And N16-35mm has more light fallout in the corners; 4)finally N16-36mm at 16mm has much more distortion than N14-24mm at 14mm. Nikon 16-35mm f/4 is very good lens as many other Nikon's lenses but optically Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 is still No.1 between the wide angle lenses.
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