AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED & AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR official

First report on the new lenses from Bob Krist. Check it out (yes the copter shot is there).

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

  • Price: $1259.95
  • Available in late February 2010
  • Ultra wide-angle zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 16mm to 35mm
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible
    *As determined in Nikon performance tests.
  • The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • An ultra wide-angle zoom lens that, while offering a wide angle view of 107°, is compatible with 77mm screw-on filters
  • Fixed maximum aperture of f/4
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for a new optical design that achieves high resolution
  • Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Two focus modes selectable - M/A and M
Focal length 16-35mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 17 elements in 12 groups (with two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view 107° - 60° (83° - 44° with Nikon DX format)
Closest focusing distance 0.29 m (1.0 ft.) at a focal length of 16mm or 35mm, 0.28 m (0.9 ft.) at a focal length between 20mm and 28mm
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.25x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length
(extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange)
Approximately 82.5 x 125 mm
Weight Approximately 680 g/24.0 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-23, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-11

Product brochure

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED:

Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED:

  • Available in late March 2010
  • A fast, wide-angle lens with a fixed focal length of 24mm at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Fast lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 that allows users to capture images with beautiful blur characteristics
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for a new optical design that achieves high resolution and good balance in terms of aberration for pleasing blur characteristics
  • The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Two focus modes selectable - M/A and M
Focal length 24mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Minimum aperture f/16
Lens construction 12 elements in 10 groups (with two ED glass and two aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view 84° (61° with Nikon DX format)
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m/0.82 ft.
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.18x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length (extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange) Approximately 83 x 88.5 mm
Weight Approximately 620 g/21.9 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-51, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118

Product brochure

Full press release after the break:

The Ultra-Wide 16-35mm f/4 VR and Ultra-Fast 24mm f/1.4 Lenses Provide Photographers With New Perspectives and Creative Versatility

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today announced two new lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers that epitomize NIKKOR leadership in optical excellence. The highly anticipated AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens is engineered to meet the demand for an ultra-fast professional lens for wide angle applications, while the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR offers Nikon’s widest FX-format focal range with VR, offering additional versatility to a broad range of photographers.

“The 16-35mm f/4 VR and 24mm f/1.4 are two new lenses designed to address the needs of an ever-expanding number of Nikon FX-format photographers, delivering dramatic perspectives, amazing clarity, contrast and color when capturing stills or HD video,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “Customers that choose these new lenses will experience excellent image quality and sturdy handling, which is made possible through our commitment to excellence and expert NIKKOR engineering.”

World renowned NIKKOR technologies play an essential role in the design of these two new lenses, and both feature Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses also utilizes precision Nikon ED glass elements along with multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic aberrations resulting in sharp, high contrast images. Additionally, Nikon’s proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat minimizes instances of internal “ghosting” and flaring, further ensuring exceptional image integrity.

The 24mm f/1.4G ED Lens

Perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated lenses in recent memory, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens blends a natural yet versatile 24mm perspective with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture to expand an existing collection of well over 60 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright f/1.4 viewing, superb image quality and the dramatic perspectives afforded by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees when mounted on a DX-format body).

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.

Pricing and Availability

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*. The ultra-fast AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED lens will be available in late March 2010 for estimated selling price of $2199.95*. For more information, please visit

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  • How much??? I was quite interested in the 24mm f1.4, it would have kicked the 20mm f2.8 out of my bag but not for 2k. I thought we had left the days of silly priced wideangles behind (like the 28mm f1.4). At least the 28mm was built properly unlike this newfangled plastic thing. Surely this one doesn’t have a hand made element?

  • fiatlux

    Nice lenses. If and when I go full frame, I’ll probably get that 16-35 VR.

    With regard to the 24mm, I’m not surprised by the price. Its street price will probably be close to the Canon’s.

    I still wish they release more primes, including a cheap wide DX prime (24mm 1,8 DX or so?).

  • GT

    With that price Nikon can Jam it up thr 77mm A-Hole !!!

  • chriz

    Here in Italy Canon 24mm f1.4 costs 1.250 euros (about 1700 dollars). Why we nikonias must always to pay more?

    • santela

      Wow, that’s the same as the Canon equivalent in US! If I ever go to Italy I’ll make sure I pick one up for $500 less.

    • Bob

      You probably pay more in taxes

  • Ken Rockwell’s Dog

    What is it with all these whining dirtbags bleating about the price for a state of the art wide angle lens? They’re not going to give it away you complete and utter fantasists and I for one am glad it is priced at a point that will guarantee its build quality. The last comment by GT (D40 owner with less than a thousand clicks on the shutter) says it all. They’re not even in the market for a prime, nevermind a quality zoom, but they want to bitch about it anyway. Pathetic.

    • GT

      Sorry Bud…. but it aint worth 1/3 or more of my 200mm f2.0 lens….

      • daniel

        Why not?

        • Blah

          Presumably because it’s only got 1/8 of the focal length.

  • hahahahahahahaha
    2200$ ?????

    are they crazy or what?!?

    otherwise still waiting for 35mm/1,4, 200mm/2.8, 300mm/4 Nikon… and my beard is getting longer and longer….

  • Landscape Photo

    Nikon must be obsessed by the professional fashion, events, sports, etc. photographer market. Oh, new lenses that may better suit a D3s.

    What about the forgotten landscape photographers, what about the D900 & compact primes? What’s the point of having a bulky f/1.4 wideangle if it’s going to be used at f/8 most of the times (for landscapes)? Just look at the Voiglander 20mm f/3.5 to have an idea how tiny a wide can be built.

    And where hell is the 28-200mm VR?

    • chriz

      the 24mm f1.4 is not a landscape lens, it’s intended for reportage and it’s a good choice for environmental portraits too

  • I want a 16-35 f4.0 zoom, but I also want to know what the NEXT rumor is.

  • Kimaze

    it is a great disappointment for me, no new small FX body, is there any possibly that the press is still not finish yet?

    • WoutK89

      This is it for this week, come back after PMA 😉

  • tim

    24mm 2.8 here i come!

  • I have the amazing 14-24/2.8, although I liked the new lenses (the more options people have the better it is) I don’t feel particularly drawn to them… as an underwater photographer the 16-35 seems a pretty good choice over the 18-35 or 14-24 (hard to put inside a housing) for the FX shooters.

  • eric

    superb optic ! great quality but do you thing that one day Nikon would be able to produce a DSLR at 18 or 25 Mpix in full frame ????? working on lense is very nice but a full frame pro would be better !!!!!

  • Anonymous

    D3X more than 24mpx ?????? what are you talkin about 21 for Canon dohhh!!!!

  • ZinhaEq

    Nikon is joking with non-professionals. Those who say that Nikon has right to make the price 2200 $ are rich as hell. And if Nikon is making stuff for richmen, then there is no future in this company. Thank God there are rivals, such as Canon, because then it would probably cost 3000-5000$. Nikon, I give you your last chance.

    • Anonymous

      You immoral Canon s been doin some F4 expensive lenses for ever you must be blind or wearin glasses like Canon lusers lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ZinhaEq

        Hmmm, you are talking to me like: “If you go to Canon, I will kill you.” I just want to tell that if we won’t buy every Nikon lens that come out, Nikon will have either to make them cheaper or make them better. And I really don’t like to talk to people, such as you, who dont wear glasses, but you should do. XD

      • ZinhaEq

        One more thing, I wasn’t talking about “F4” lens (first learn how to write f/4 😉 ), whose price (1200$) is quite good, but about 24mm AF-S f/1.4 lens.

  • Anonymous

    Its commin you think that they produce this lenses for what???? …and specially this 16-35 vr its for a new D700 xS or wha ever!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    First Landscape stabilized Lens wide angle for DX and FX can’t match that ,can you????

  • Anonymous

    No you can’t lol !!!!

  • Anonymous

    …and I don’t want talk about video ,I just wait the full hd in a few months to talk about it in equal level !!!

  • hokin nokin

    I think a majority of (nikon users) us are pissed that nikon has no bodies to compare with 5d and 7d. But I think these lenses are at least a look in the right direction. These lenses will be very sought after… we have waited a long time.

    • huh

      nikon releases are offset to canon releases and viceversa. people in both camps who expect either company to produce killer models months after the rival introduces a new model are living in a dream world. It took canon years to match the D300 and nikon will answer the 7D with the D400. Likewise canon will not make an 7DII a month after nikon’s D400. Informed users will simply observe this pattern and not freak out when a competitor makes a better model, because they know an even better model from their own brand is down the road. It’s a cycle and this is why time is better spent enjoying current models than fretting over upcoming ones.

      even better, buy glass instead and it will not go obsolte in 2 years.

  • Good morning,
    I’m glad I did not stay up until 12AM for that !
    Well if the 16-35mm is very good, then, maybe I’ll think about it, but f/4 ?

  • Chris Lilley

    Nikon France have a press release but no price. They do say that the 24/1.4 comes with a dedicated hood, HB-51 and a soft case.\fr_FR\news_article\data\BV-PR-WWA1002-45136

    Nikon Germany list a European price, 2.149 EURO.\de_DE\news_article\data\BV-PR-WWA1002-45136

    USD 2199.95 is EUR 1,577.48 at today’s exchange rate. Once again the Europeans get to pay over the odds.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t know how many people are like me but 16-35 looks like a good option. I don’t need the 2.8 for low light as my wide angle stuff is typically not action and i can afford to have a longer shutter speed in lower light situations. If this lens has close to the performance of the 14-24 (priced much higher than this lens), i;d say it’s worth it. Unfortunately it would be nice if it were a bit wider. I would like to see a 12mm FF lens to match the sigma angle, but obviously better performance. I’m sure we will not see that, at least anytime soon.

    People griping about the price of the 24mm 1.4.. Honestly get over it. It’s a super pro lens with the intention of being sold to only people who need the very best mid-wide angle performance. 24mm is covered by many lenses in Nikon’s lineup. That’s not to say they will be as good as this one due to the large aperture, but that’s kind of the point. The people who actually NEED this type of performance at this focal length for their careers will buy it in 2 seconds. I just don’t see why people here are complaining. It’s the same as when people were complaining about the initial d3x price. The people who actually need it, bought it. no problem. The people have no business spending 8 grand on a camera, didn’t. Yes, you guys with smaller studios may be professional photographers, but i truly think Nikon is developing these massively priced lenses for photojournalists, sports photographers, magazine photographers, etc who have companies buying their equipment. Price almost becomes a non-issue at that point.

    • Bob

      Well said. D3X bellyaching, redux.

  • Anonymous

    Well looks like i’ll be passing on the 16-35. Price is to high for just a hobby. I’ll stick with my Tamron 17-35.

    • I also like Tamron (the 28-75mm is fantastic), very sharp lens but the built quality is far away from Nikon pro lenses, when I had the Tamron I was always affraid that it fall in parts in my hands and the autofocus is good, but again not as good as an AF-S. Well, $399 vs $1800 (24-70mm) it’s a big $$$$ difference.
      But I’m glad that people can have access to high pictures quality for only $399.
      I’ll get my Nikkor 24-70mm next week but I’m not so exited about it, I wish Nikon would have made a 28-75mm VR instead.

  • Thumbs up at Admin again.
    Please let use know the next rumour soon! 😀
    Waiting for 35 1.4 :p

  • J C

    Ordered my 16-35 at my local dealer today! 😀
    They’ll have it 2-6 weeks depending on shipping – yey !

  • Here is the link to Nikon France:

    No D700s, D700x, D900, D800 but here is two lenses that you could use with theses cameras when they will be available, we think it’s better to have lenses without the camera rather having the camera without lenses, if you really need a camera, we are working on an adapter for Nikon lenses to Canon cameras.
    Thanks for waiting and watching.
    Nikon France.

  • Random Snapper

    I am interested to hear how a 16-35mm wide-angle zoom with VRII can be half the price of this great 24mm prime w/o VR? Maybe it easily leverages what exists with the current 17-35? Lower build quality (nooooo!)? Or does the 24 leverage a patent and launching this was expensive? Maybe I am missing something as I still consider myself a ‘newbie’. I hope someone can addres this.

    • J C

      Faster glass – higher price
      general rule ! ! !

    • Nikon will probably sell x10 more 16-35mm than 24mm f/1.4, more you sell, less it cost !

  • Zarderak

    Everyone take a deep breath. 🙂

    I’m a serious amateur (meaning I actually print and exhibit, but can’t finance new gear by 2 or 3 pro shootings) who’s used Nikon for 20 years of film and then switched to Canon for the 5D. I’ve been waiting for Nikon to catch up in FF as I’ve always found the Nikon interface/handling superior for _actually taking_ great pictures.

    To me, the situation for non-professionals remains unchanged: Canon remains a few steps ahead regarding non-professional FF bodies. Nikon has the better std to tele zoom lenses (24-70 tops its Canon counterpart, as does the 70-200/2.8 II) and at least the _option_ of someday buying a 200-400 supertele for wildlife. Canon’s 16-35/2.8 is a good UWA, but needs to be stopped down to f8 for acceptable corners in landscape shots. And f8 handheld w/o VR in the late afternoon is not an option. Nikon’s 14-24 is much better, but even more expensive and most prosumers shy away from the hard-to-protect-or-filter domed glass.

    Ergo: Nikon is right on target w/ that 16-35/f4 VR, the target being a sizable market of mid-range pros (weddings) and ambitious amateurs. Let’s face it: FF photography is NOT for the masses, just like travelling around the world or driving a premium car.

    ERGO: I’d LOVE to buy that lens. Yet Nikon lacks the (premium) prosumer FF body to justify that lens. And Canon lacks the wide-end zoom to satisfy the resolution of its FF bodies. And a decent AF for the 5D range…

    My point? Both FF systems are still seriously flawed. It seems that Nikon and Canon have a secret agreement to keep people switching in order to have bigger turnovers… 😉 … As long as lens lineups and bodies don’t really click (pardon the pun), disappointment in both camps is natural.

    Thanks admin, for keeping me on my toes, though! 🙂

    • PHB

      I would concur, but really fail to see how Canon’s strategy makes any sense.

      Nikon launched their FX line with the wide-angle zoom that made sense of it. Canon launched an FX line that offers no real advantage over buying a DX body two years later but costs and weighs twice as much.

      Nikon is always later to market, but only by about a year and the difference in quality shows. It takes time to get the handling right, whether of a camera or a lens. Canon sells well to ‘measurebators’ who like specs, but less well to people who care about performance.

      This launch is very much about catching up with Canon. Nikon are signaling that they are going to match Canon on the wide primes and the f/4 VA zooms. So I would very much expect them to match or beat Canon’s 18MP compact full frame body as well, not to mention the 85 f/1.4 and a mid-range f/4 zoom.

    • Ken Rockwell’s Dog

      ‘Yet Nikon lacks the (premium) prosumer FF body to justify that lens…’

      Really? What’s wrong with the D700?

      • Zarderak

        Simple: you don’t need that kind of resolving power for the 12MP D700. Just as you could comfortable use the Canon 17-40L on a 12MP 5D. But it can’t keep up with the 24MP res of the Canon 5D2.

        With the new Nikon 16-35 it’s the other way around: The MTF chart suggests a resolving power that’s beyond the D700.

        In both cases, buyers are expected to overspend and hope for a future lens / body to match. I didn’t say there was anything wrong with the D700, I did say that it doesn’t justify buying the new 16-35!

        • jastereo

          But I think that new FX body w/ higher resolution is on the way and soon. Call it a D800 or D900 (w/ higher resolution than the D3s). Question is will it be a D3x chip or something in between, say 18MP. I also think we’re going to be getting and D700s (update w/ same sensor as the D3s). Full lineup of FX w/ a new series of FX f/4 VRII lenses to match (that midrange f/4VR zoom is coming too).

    • Zarderak

      @ PHB:

      “Canon sells well to ‘measurebators’”… True. But also to a lot of pros. But the ‘measurebators’ have no allegiance: Remember their hurray when the Nikon D3x came out? 24MP + frame rate? 🙂 Naw, I think Canon just concentrates their marketing on what they do best: Excellent sensors in “ergonomically challenged” bodies… Just as Nikon has always tried a “the few – the proud” approach with fewer and better lens types. It was a dogfight in the 90s, but it became a chase in the 00s. Canon can break even on R&D costs much quicker because of the much bigger market share. It’s only logical that they take more of a “trial and error” approach.

      Catching up will be very hard for Nikon as long as they do attack the 5Dii: Almost double the resolution than the D700 w/ tonal range and signal-noise-ration on par? (see DxO below) AND at the same or lower price? That’s quite a reason to go Canon as long as the glass can keep up, if only barely.

      • Zarderak

        Sorry, typo:
        “Catching up will be very hard for Nikon as long as they do attack the 5Dii: ” should say “as long as they DON’T attack the 5Dii”

  • holy crap that’s expensive… i guess I was really hoping… I have invested too much already in the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm (all f2.8). I cant afford another $2200 lens. Dammit. would be great for all the concert indoor stage work i do, where light is bad. I just bought the 3Ds to help with high iso/low noise. Too bad its not in the $1000 range otherwise I would have bought it.

    • 105mm micro is the BEST lens I’ve ever seen, I can’t believe how sharp that thing is, most of the time I don’t even need the VR.

      • yes it is an amazing lens. best $700 i ever spent (well minus that one stripper in Miami). I was hoping the 24 f1.4 would be in that $1200 range, i would have bought one instantly. I do a lot of stage work that yields some money, not enough to justify this i think (although I will obsess with it and will find a way to buy it I guess). I need to see specs of how it will do at 1.4. is it sharp? is it fast to focus? I shoot dance shows.

  • Robert

    AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G versus AF-D NIKKOR 28mm 1.4,
    May anybody see at the postet MTF charts of the new 24/1.4 and old 28/1.4. Which one is better? Thanks


  • Still no AF-S 1.2/85 – AF-S 1.8/85 – AF-S 2.0/135 🙁

    • I think the AF-S VR 85mm f/1.4 will come this year, it could be extremely sharp even at f/1.4 thanks to ASPH, NC, ED (and IF + 9 blades diaph), that will be cool, but not for me, can’t have a 105mm and a 85mm in the same bag !

    • PHB

      Why would anyone think the Canon 85 f/1.2 is worth putting in their bag?

      It is a lot heavier than a 1.4 would have been. It is soft. And the depth of field wide open is so thin that the Canon bodies cannot autofocus it. Not to mention not being very useful. How often do you want the eyes in focus and a blury nose and ear? OK so Petter Hegre can find a use for it.

      • For me it’s not important wether it will be 1.2 or 1.4 or a much cheaper 1.8

        But I need a very fast 85mm, 105mm, 135mm

        I had these Lenses from Canon and there ist nothing from Nikon 🙁

  • Mehmet

    Nikon 16-35mm is surprisingly wider than Sigma 10-20mm on DX. Nikon has 107 degrees and Sigma has 102.4 degrees angle of view. However, Nikon 10-24mm DX has 109 degrees angle of view.

    Weird !!

    • Anonymous

      the 16-35 will have an angle of 80 something on a dx body. the 10-20mm, if on fx body, would have probably a 120 to 130 degree angle but will have the corners completely rounded off. I didn’t do the exact math so my nuembrs could be off, but you get my drift. The 16 to 35 is never wider than the 10-20.

      Unless you are being sarcastic…

      • Anonymous

        wait i read wrong i think. you are refering to the 16-35 on a FF and the others on a DX body. nevermind

    • WoutK89

      Sigma uses the 1.7x crop of their camera to calculate the APS-C field of view

      • Mehmet

        thanks WoutK89, now it makes sense 🙂

  • Woody

    What a disappointment. No body announcements. I’m in the advanced amature category and would really love a mid range body that compares with the megapixel and HD capabilities of Canon. I want full HD and I want comparable megapixels. I guess it’s a waiting game. I’ll wait as long as I can, but this is really disappointing.

    Does Nikon really make that much of their money on high-end lenses for professionals. This announcement seems like it will effect about 1% of the Nikon users.

    So when’s the next announcement?

  • Achille

    I don’t understand, LOL

    They made a 16-35 which weights almost as a 17-35 f/2.8, which costs almost as a 17-35, which is 1 stop darker and you praise it ?? You must be crazy, I’ve never seen such a stupid announcment from Nikon ever.

    • Banned

      How can you judge before you see the lens? What if the IQ is much better than 17-35…

      • Achille

        The IQ of the 17-35 closed to f/4 is practically the same.

        • Banned

          I take it you already received the 16-35 to pass that judgment??? Or maybe you’re Ken Rockwell.

        • Jose

          I guess the biggest opportunity for 16-35/4 to shine is distortion at widest setting. According to Photozone, the 17-35 distorts noticeably at 17mm, even on DX frames. This is something you cannot correct by stopping down the lens…

  • Nathan Shane

    I own the Nikon 14-24mm and the 24-70mm and I can’t tell you how many times while shooting indoor events (especially indoor homes) that I’ve had to swap out lenses just to get a wider angle. The 16-35mm VR seems to be an ideal answer for shooting some events. I just compared the MTF charts for all three of these lenses and the 16-35mm VR looks like it can certainly hold its own again the other two. I think the VR would also be a welcome benefit indoors if flash cannot be used, such as some weddings. Also, being able to use 77mm filters on the 16-35mm VR helps when wanting to use my graduated filters for landscape. And the difference between 14mm and 16mm isn’t going to seem like such a drastic loss. Personally, I can see me getting the 16-35mm VR and if it works well, I would most likely sell the 14-24mm – the 14-24mm is one of my least used lenses.

    • Banned

      Interesting perspective, I was thinking the same. I was about to buy a 14-24 because I like wide angle, but I’m interested in this 16-35. My mains issues are:

      – Is the difference between 14 and 16 important? could be…

      – The difference between 2.8 and 4 IS important indoors.

      – I’ve also had a look at the charts and the 14-24 blows the 16-35 away, at the wide end especially. And the charts were made at 2.8 and 4 respectively, so you can imagine the perf of the 14-24 at 4…

      • Banned

        On the down side no filters with the 14-24 and that BLOWS.

  • Wayne

    Here is a poll to see which lens you would rather have…go on give it a try:

  • What’s an ADVANCED amateur photographer ????

    There is ONLY 2 kind of photographers in this world:
    – Professionals photographers (they make money taking pictures and it’s a living).
    – Amateurs photographers (they spend money to take pictures).
    That does not mean that an amateur photographer can’t takes as good (or even better) pictures than a professional photographer.
    And of course, retired photographers who spend most of their time on NR and sell TC to finance an expensive hobby :o)

    • Banned


  • Ray

    i still remember the days when nikon first introduced hd video on a dslr, I think the comments went something like “Who the hell needs hd video, we are photographers, not videographers! Video dslr is stupid!” but today all I can see is, “Why cant Nikon make 1080 hd video to compete with Canon???” hypocrites.


    • Banned

      Well, the community of users is very diverse so you’re gonna have people complaining about virtually anything, it’s just not the same people.

      • Ray

        True. I guess I am the only one and a few other guys considering the 16-35 f4, since the price is somewhat close to what i’d hope it to be! (i was expecting about $1099 since $900 is impossible, but 1250 isnt too bad if its a good performer!

      • And I thought that only my wife was complaining about everythings !
        I feel better now, thanks !

  • Hey admin, check this out. It could just be crappy grammar or translation but, in the press release for the 16-34VR, there’s this:

    “The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is…”

    Uh…more compact cameraS? There’s only three FX models right now, and only one is compact…no?

    • Banned

      Hey funnyman, I posted the exact same thing yesterday, thanks for paying attention!!!

      (Was posted February 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm)

      • Jose

        You certainly project an image of needing attention from others here…

      • Is your name Admin? (if so I apologize for your parents’ mistake)

        Whatever. I can’t read all 8 million comments before posting, and it’s obvious from the other comments that no one else does.

        What? Are you worried someone will steal your cred for noticing the obvious? Dayum.

    • too early to talk about the next FF camera 🙂

  • edward nafzger

    @Kens dog oh my god your smart with all of your responses and ken lets focus now on 80-400 replace please

  • Mikael Willberg

    Prices in Finland…

    1200 euro 16-35mm
    2200 euro 24mm

  • Here’s what I get out of this… A strong commitment to FX and full frame… maybe for next gen DLSR’s …

    But it’s sad… New coolpix’s big flop.. and now high price full frame lens.. mean while
    Canon introduces a EOS 550D.. right in the markets sweet spot..

    Hello Nikon I’m Still Waiting… and keeping money in the bank…

  • jannes

    shame on you nikon! no lightweight high resolution fx body for landscape, i will change to canon..

    • WoutK89

      Goodbye to you too

  • ************* KEN ROCKWELL *******************
    What’s the big deal about KW ?
    I see peoples on NR often making fun of him (or his dog), but why ?
    He does not ask for your money, he does not force you to buy this or that.
    He spend time updating a website that no one is oblige to look at, I even made a donation on time (only few $).
    I don’t agree with everything his says (specialy on the D40 🙂 but I respect him and I often visit his website (when I’m not on Ebay or NR).
    I thing it good that people like him help us to have an extra view on what’s the photo market have to offert.
    Will it be better to believe anything and everything that Nikon says ?

  • AlexVaib

    Now, does Nikon could give us some replacement for prosumer tele (300mm f/4, 80-400mm, 400 f/5.6) …

    I like to see prime replacement as the 24mm, but any of these lenses outselling the 24mm …


  • fxed

    I get bummed out at times with NR and sometime it’s fair. Then I think to myself, self, where do I go to find out what’s up with Nikon, even on the off times? Here, not dpr or nikonians a pay service including Thom and Ron and Ken. I really like this announcement. These are two lenses that will complete my kit. It will be the “Holy Trinity” light. 16-35/4 w/vr (goodbye el cheapo 18-35), 28-70 (sooner or later a 24-70 w/vr, then bye old friend), 70-200VRII (loved, specks or not).

    In appreciation of NR I will buy these two thru the Ritz camera link, I shop with them and yes I like them, so thanks NR.

    • Thanks fxed! I will post the pre-order links once the retailers have them online. Not sure what takes them so long – Amazon is usually done 1-2 hours after the announcement.

      • Can I send him a TC for free ?
        (don’t hit me, I couldn’t help it :o)

        Thank your for the updates, seen Nikon releasing thoses lenses make me think that the big news is comming soon, maybe for the PMA !
        I keep thinking that a 3 colors sensors is not impossible (3x12mp ?).

  • Tim

    So where are the new TCs?
    I was really expecting more than just two lenses especially after the Nikon page slip-up. Where are the new TC-1.4E III and TC-1.7E III teleconverters?

    • WoutK89

      It is just hard to satisfy all

    • The TCs had 80% chance of release and this is what happens when the chance is only 80%. The two new lenses had a chance of 95-99%.

  • Kevin

    I’m still puzzled to here these idiots wanting a bigger sensor for landscape photography. I’m going to give you a bit of advice, you don’t need a 24mp sensor. All you need is an IQ above 80 and a program called Genuine Fractals. I’ll tell you right now the vast majority of photographers use these programs for huge enlargements since even a 24mp photograph isn’t exactly huge when printed off at 300ppi.

    In short YOU DONT NEED 24mp. I can make the exact same print with my D3s that I can with my D3x. So what does that tell you?

    • It’s tell me that fractals will not creat pixels that does not exist (and I love broccoli).
      It sure will make the image look better (as “sharpen” tool does in photoshop) but it will NOT CREAT informations.
      Ask NASA why they spent millions dollars in an ultra high definition camera (orbiting around the moon to map it), they could just use Fractals !
      With a 24x36mm sensor, 30-40mp will be the optimum (keeping good ISO sensitivity).

  • Too many comments for me to read to see if these have been posted, but they just showed up on a flickr contacts new uploads. Photos with the D700, and the two new lenses.

    Very nice

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