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I have the 16-35mm, out standing lens. You can find fault with almost any glass. Unless you are a pro, I doubt you will ever find the nit picking others complain about.
I hemmed and hawed over the 14-24 and decided I wanted the capability to put filters on the glass and save an additional $600 on the price of the lens, never mind the filter rig and the cost for that. I don't regret my decision. You won't either. Trust me, it is outstanding quality glass.
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Fyi, I was discussing the D800 with a friend of mine today, she has a D800E, and said her favourite lens is the Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro as a general purpose lens.
read some are not happy with 16-35
Most lenses are better than most photographers.
Theres probably more people who bought it , Happy with it than there is people who is not happy with it. Cracking lens superb quality. Sharper than my older 14-24 better contrast too .
read some are not happy with 16-35
Well you can't please all of the people all of the time I'm very pleased with the results I get with mine on my D700, hopefully I will find out next week after my visit to f.o.c. what it is like on a D800, it is on Nikons list of approved lenses for the D800 so I am reasonably confident it will be fine.
Other Interesting http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/42007630
again other one http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/42007844
David why do you have to post link after link time and again to competitive sites with comments disparaging this lens. You bought the 17-35 and are happy. Is it you have to justify you made the right decision?
Interesting info, due many many difference reviews have you seen nikon 28mm F1.4
Interesting view from their difference thoughts..................................................Buy Wednesday lens not Monday or Friday lenses ha
These are spectacularly Pointless posts.
Trying to sum up the 14-24, 16-35 and 17-35 are some way from perfect wide open.
This is the nature of wide angle zooms, confirmed in any manufacturers MTF.
As an owner or former owner of the three lenses, used wide open I give the 14-24 first place by a small margin for optical quality, the 16-35 second, and the 17-35 (a 15 year old optical design) third.
By f5.6 I find very little difference.
Nikon provide choices. To the OP only you can make the final decision between the slightly better in my opinion wide-open 14-24 and the lower price 16-35 with VR and ability to accept 77mm filters.
Read below more there at http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=230605
There are no first second third!! its photographer how to use the lens, not necessary how old is the lenses, if you look back hasselblad lenses still sharp even its 50 years old!! Also Old nikon 24 F2.8 AIS is sharper then new 24 F2.8 AFD!!!, its just how they build and assembly etc etc
Time for some specifics. Mounted on the sub-frame D300s, the 16-35mm /4 produces excellent results; wide open (/4) at 16mm, the image is very sharp, approximately 1.5 blur units throughout the majority of the frame, but interestingly, slightly sharper in the corners than the center. This is rectified by stopping down to /5.6 where the lens becomes almost tack-sharp across the frame, and stays that way to /8. At /11 diffraction limiting has set in and there is a slight softening to 1.5 blur units across the frame. It's two blur units across the frame at /16, and a very uneven four blur units at /22.
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/112/cat/13 slight edge over below?
Landscape work use F11 to F16 which is very important.
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