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

£830, $1260 It’s a step up from Nikon’s 18-35mm, in com­plex­ity and im­age qual­ity, as well as in view­ing an­gle

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Larger and nearly twice as heavy as the Nikon 1835mm lens, this one has a wider max­i­mum view­ing an­gle of 107 de­grees. Other im­prove­ments in­clude a con­stant-aper­ture de­sign, al­though the widest avail­able aper­ture of f/4 isn’t par­tic­u­larly fast. Uniquely in this test group, the lens fea­tures op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion, in the form of Nikon’s VR II (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) sys­tem. It has a CIPA rat­ing of 2.5 stops, which is pretty good con­sid­er­ing that you only need rel­a­tively slow shut­ter speeds for wide-an­gle hand­held shoot­ing any­way.

Sim­i­lar­i­ties with the Nikon 18-35mm in­clude the fit­ment of two ED el­e­ments and the same 77mm fil­ter thread. How­ever, the 16-35mm has Nano Crys­tal coat­ings for greater re­sis­tance to flare. It’s a more com­plex op­tic, based on 17 el­e­ments in 12 groups, rather than just 12 el­e­ments in eight groups. The di­aphragm is up­rated to nine blades, com­pared with the seven blades of the 18-35mm lens.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus is fast and near-silent, while sharp­ness is bet­ter than in the 18-35mm at the short end of the zoom range, across the en­tire frame. How­ever, bar­rel dis­tor­tion is more no­tice­able and the 18-35mm lens over­takes this one for sharp­ness at mid to long zoom set­tings.

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