A Virgance in the Force

Talk About a Virgance in the Force!

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

Nikon today announced the world’s first ultra wide-angle zoom lens with vibration reduction, the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR. I’m stunned by the innovative design of this full-frame lens. It looks hardly bigger than Canon’s 17-40mm f/4 lens but packs a four-stop VR (image stabilization for us Canon shooters) system.

Think about the possibilities.

  • How about hand-holding a landscape shot down to about 1/8th of a second exposure and coming back with a tach sharp image?
  • How about photo-walking with this lens in NYC and being able to really capture that sense of just how big the Big Apple really is?
  • And where does this leave us Canon shooters?
  • Will big “C” react to this competitive challenge or leave us hanging as they did when Nikon added their own hot shoe mounted GPS system?

I wonder what Fake Chuck has to say?

5 thoughts on “A Virgance in the Force

  1. The also introduced a 24mm f/1.4G prime. I am still holding out for a 28-300VR variable aperture FX lens. That would be a killer travel lens just like the DX 18-200VR is. However, I may never see this one. Sad. Tamron has one which I will check out but feel Nikon’s would be so much better.

  2. I think the point is that there are already a variety of wide angle primes for Nikon mounts. The real innovation of this lens is the VR. A wide angle prime does nothing for you if you are in a low light situation and wanting to shoot handheld at f/8 – f/11.

  3. Thats the problem I personally would want to have a shallow DOF and f4 at 16mm even if you convert to 35mm isn’t sufficient.

    Thats why i said primes are the way to go. Guess it is good on them to cater to a certain market.

  4. Interesting for the FX users, but hardly worth a look from APS sensor users like me. I’ll stay with my 12-24 f/4 DX, even above the 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 DX. The fixed apperture and sharpness of this zoom is simply awesome, and I have hand-held slow (1/4-1/15 sec) night shots on the Vegas strip that you have to look at very closely to see they were not taken on a ‘pod. And, it is as light as a feather (16+ ounces).

    BTW, at 12-24 (effectively 18-36), f/4 is plenty fast enough (it is still a big piece of glass) and provides sufficient variety of DOF (though with a wide angle, I go for all the DOF I can get). I now use a ‘pod almost exclusively, so lens speed is even less of an issue, and my DOF is huge (“Story telling, as Bryan Peterson would say).

    Next step might be to move to FX sensor and the 14-24 f/2.8. But we are talking twice the price and twice the weight (35+ ounces).

    But, good on Nikon … they are headed in the right direction. They just should have made this one wider.

  5. Though not a nikon or canon user. I would not see myself getting this lens. f4 is just WAY too slow for me and doesn’t give enought DOF control. And it being a zoom and VR is most likely to be very heavy.

    Go primes.

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