Nikon 16-35mm f/4 vs Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5

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01 Ev­ery mm counts With wide lenses, two mil­lime­tres can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween squeez­ing the whole room into the shot or not. The 18-35mm has a max­i­mum an­gle of view of 100 de­grees, while the 16-35mm gives 107-de­gree cov­er­age. Nei­ther is a sen­si­ble choice for use with a DX SLR, as the ef­fec­tive crop means you lose the wide-an­gle ef­fect.

02 Heavy glass The 16-35mm lens tips weighs in at 678g, while the bud­get­priced 18-35mm is just 381g.

03 Blur beater Un­like many wide-an­gles, the 16-35mm has built-in Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion (VR). This im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion may not seem as use­ful as on a tele­photo lens, where im­age shake is more of a worry, but it is use­ful for shoot­ing hand­held in low-light sit­u­a­tions where you may need to use low shut­ter speeds.

04 Aper­ture dif­fer­ence The 16-35mm has a fixed max­i­mum aper­ture of f/4 through its zoom range. With the 18-35mm, the max­i­mum aper­ture re­duces from f/3.5 to f/4.5 as you zoom in. In prac­ti­cal use, this is not a rea­son to choose one lens over the other.

05 Flash of the blade The 16-35mm has a nine-blade di­aphragm, cre­at­ing more cir­cu­lar aper­ture open­ings than the seven-bladed 18-35mm when the lens is stopped down to f/8 or smaller.

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