I rented this lens for a vacation trip. I wanted to try out this lens after reading all of the praise it has received. It sounded like a great all-use lens. I used this lens on a Nikon F5. The lens came very well packaged. The copy I received had a blemish in the coating on the rear element. I don't believe it effected any of my pictures. (I shoot film, and I haven't gotten the film developed yet). Now on to the review: Build: It may have some heft to it, but honestly, it still feels plasticky. The copy I had wasn't clunky at all, but it just didn't have that full-out 'professional' feel to it. The barrel is plastic, but has Nikon's speckled/spattered coating on it. I believe that helps the physical appearance and feel of the barrel greatly. The zoom and focus ring are very large and easily found strictly by feel. They rotate well enough, but not Zeiss smooth. Filters: I used a CPL a few times and had no problems mounting it or taking it back off. Same goes for the UV/skylight filter that it came with. I can even rotate the CPL filter with one finger with the hood on. I did not experience any noticeable vignetting (the CPL was pretty thin). I'll have to stack some ND filters next time. Focus: Even though the focus range for this lens is insanely small, it still didn't focus quite as fast as I had expected. There were a few times it would hunt a little bit. Overall, focusing was just fine. You could very easily just set it to f/8 and infinity focus and walk around all day. As long as the subject is more than 2.5ft in front of the lens, everything will be in focus. The minimum focus distance on this lens is INSANE. The closest I could focus was at a focal length of 35mm. At that point the subject was nearly touching the lens filter. You are so close at this point that everything else is getting in the way (the lens, camera, you, etc). You don't really need to get this insanely close, but I believe it makes the lens a little more versatile for some nifty shots when you think outside the box. My copy happened to squeak when focusing. I'm not sure what that is all about. Nikon's 17-35 f/2.8 is known for the same thing, so you'd think Nikon would learn from their past....whatever. Focus still worked fine. Overall: I would probably purchase this lens myself. If Nikon would make a newer 16-35 f/2.8 (with or without VR, it matters not) I would rather have that. Having an f4 lens darkens the viewfinder considerably (especially when you are accustomed to using fast primes). For full frame, I believe this to be a GREAT all-around everything lens. To be honest, this is one my wish list unless Nikon releases a newer 17-35 f/2.8 or a newer 16-35 f/2.8.
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED AF-S VR
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Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, UV filter, and lens hood.
The 16-35mm also has built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) -- not the most useful feature if you're shooting landscapes but if you're going to be handheld in low light you will appreciate it. Like all super-wide-angle lenses, this one shows some barrel distortion on the wide end so keep this in mind when shooting architecture.
Loved shooting with this in Iceland! I needed a wide angle for my D7000 and wanted the quality of a FX lens with the option of using filters. This was a great choice for landscape and low light indoor shots.
I rented this lens as an experiment during a shoot in Iceland. I wanted to compare my tripod mounted 24-70 F2.8 with this 16-35......WOW, I have some handheld shots @ 15th sec F11 that rival the tripod mounted shots at the same settings....Definitely would recommend this lens for those not wanting to use a tripod but want lots of depth of field..IE 1/15...1/30...1/60 @ F11 or F16