AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

February 9, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | Comment |

The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is Nikon’s first ultrawide-to-wide zoom lens featuring Vibration Reduction (VR), and generally, the world’s first full-frame ultrawide lens with any form of in-lens stabilisation. Intended to be a more affordable alternative to the venerable AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED, the new AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR features Nikon’s proprietary Nano Crystal coating and incorporates 2 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements as well as three aspherical lens elements for superior optical performance. The Silent Wave Motor and the VR II anti-shake mechanism ensure quiet operation, while the 9 rounded diaphragm blades make for excellent bokeh. On FX and film bodies, the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR has an angle-of-view range of 107°-63°, whilst on a DX format DSLR camera, its angle of view is 83°-44°. Featuring a filter thread size of 77mm, the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR ships with a soft pouch and an HB-23 lens hood. Available from late February at an estimated retail price of $1259.95/£1049.99/€1249.00.

Nikon Europe Press Release

The new AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR: Defines a new class of NIKKOR

Amsterdam | The Netherlands

Nikon Europe today announces the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR, the world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens with VR for FX-format cameras. The new lens offers an affordable and practical proposition for general photography with FX-format cameras such as the D700.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR covers all bases for wide angle shooting and addresses market feedback for a more affordable alternative to the professional AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED or more recent AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ultra-wide-angle lens”.

Sharper handheld images at slow shutter speeds
The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR is the world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens to feature Vibration Reduction technology, providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower. The application of VR complements the f/4 maximum aperture when shooting in low light.

Class leading image quality
The new lens’ complex optical design features Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical glass elements to minimize distortion and aberration, even at maximum aperture. The VR II system and Silent Wave Motor deliver extremely quiet, discrete operation and the nine bladed rounded diaphragm renders delightful bokeh.

Built for everyday use
The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is consequently built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting. The robust magnesium construction and weather sealing will make it an ideal choice for the adventurous enthusiast and professional photographer. It comes complete with durable hood HB-23, and soft pouch. It is scheduled to go on sale on February 19, 2010.

- Focal length: 16-35mm
- Max aperture: Fixed f/4 aperture
- Min aperture: f/22
- Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (with two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
- Picture angle: 107° - 60° (83° - 44° for Nikon DX format)
- No. diaphragm blades: 9 pcs. (rounded)
- Closest focusing distance: 0.29m at a focal length of 16mm or 35mm, 0.28m at a focal length between 20mm and 28mm
- Filter/attachment size: 77mm
- Diameter x length: Approximately 82.5 x 125 mm
- Weight: Approximately 680 g/24.0 oz

Nikon USA Press Summary

The 16-35mm f/4 VR Lens Brings a New Perspective to VR

The new AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens is an ideal lens for enthusiasts and professionals craving a constant maximum aperture and ultra-wide angle zoom versatility with the benefits of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II image stabilization. As the widest FX-format NIKKOR zoom lens with VR, users can realize the ability to shoot up to four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible, expanding low light shooting opportunities and contributing to dramatically sharper handheld photography and video capture. Nikon VR II image stabilization technology is engineered specifically for and optimized to function most effectively for each lens, ensuring optimum performance. Whether joining the growing ranks of FX-format photographers or using the Nikon DX-format, photographers will appreciate the perspectives possible when shooting architecture, interiors, landscapes and more.

The versatile, wide angle AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is scheduled to be available in late February 2010 at Nikon Authorized Dealers with an estimated selling price of $1259.95*.

*Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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