A new FX wide-angle zoom has just been announced by Nikon and it looks like an absolute corker: The Nikon 16-35mm f4 features 2nd-generation Vibration Reduction, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM). If you aren’t drooling already, the features list doesn’t end there...
The new Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens
The Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens is clearly designed for exceptional optical performance: The two ED elements are joined by three aspherical elements (minimising distortion & aberration) and Nano Crystal coating to reduce reflections.
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If you’re mourning the lack of an f2.8 aperture then the Nikon 14-24mm & 17-35mm are two solid options – but don’t discount the 16-35mm f4 just yet. The Vibration Reduction is capable of up to four f-stops compensation against camera shake. If you need to freeze action there’s always the option of bumping the ISO up a little because the D700, D3 & D3S treat you to amazing high ISO image quality.
The 16-35mm f4 VR has one substantial advantage over its expensive big brother, the 14-24mm f2.8, because it can accept 77mm filters (the 14-24mm doesn’t have a filter thread). This allows you to attach landscape photography essentials like a circular polariser and graduated ND filters like the LEE filter system.
Investing in good glass
The RRP of the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens is £1049.99 and although the street-price will become more competitive as time passes, one key consideration holds true; camera bodies may come and go, but exceptional glass provides many years of service whilst holding good resale value. The 16-35mm is built to last too – a magnesium alloy body, weather sealing and included lens hood all provide essential protection.
Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR Specifications
- 17 lens elements in 12 groups (2 ED, 3 Aspherical)
- 28cm minimum focus distance (29cm at 16/35mm focal lengths)
- 63-107° angle of view on FX (44-83° on DX)
- 77mm filter thread
- 9 aperture blades
- 680g weight
- 82.5x125mm (diameter x length)