The introduction of the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is going to please a lot of people I think. Photographers with quite diverse interests will Im sure be seen with this lens in action pretty soon. Here is the official press release from Nikon Europe:
THE NEW AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR: DEFINES A NEW CLASS OF NIKKOR
Sales starts date: February 2010
Nikon UK 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.
f4 / f22
17 elements in 12 groups (with two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
107° – 63° (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
Diameter x length
Approximately 82.5 x 125 mm
Approximately 680 g/24.0 oz