Excerpt: If you are reading this review, you are probably debating which of these two would be best for you. Like you, I think I have looked at every review and piece of information available for these two excellent lenses. In the end, the 16-35 made the most sense to me, although for a somewhat specialized reason.
Excerpt: This is my 1st ultra wide lens, and it has opened up so many new shot ideas that cannot be done with a normal or wide angle...I find myself using the 16mm more than anything as I explore how I can use the lens.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I am using this lens on a Nikon D610 camera body. It is super-sharp and provides beautiful color rendition. It does have quite a bit of barrel distortion at 16mm (the reason I rate a 4 instead of 5-star). Fortunately, the distortion is simple and easily corrected in post-processing or by using the camera's distortion correction. Have not had a chance to try the VR yet.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: A lot of reviews on the internet say that this lens is overkill on DX cameras, but I love it on my D7100. I also own the very good Nikon 12-24mm DX lens, but I was often bumping up against the 24mm upper limit on that lens, so the 16-35mm range better suits my shooting style. The VR on this lens is also a big advantage over the 12-24mm. It is a bit on the large side, but not excessively so.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I own the 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8, I wanted a wide angle but really didn't want to pay the price for the 14-24 2.8...considering this is for landscape I don't feel I need a 2.8 and this is a fixed 4. Nikon was offering almost $ off so it was a no brainer..It has the same filter size (77mm) as the other 2 I mentioned so I don't need to carry multiples of filters. As all Nikon lenses the picture quality is great and sharp.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction