I have been playing with the new Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 VR lens and I must say, this thing is sweet! The first thing that wondered me when I grabbed the lens, was to see if VR is truly useful on an ultra wide zoom lens like this. Well, after some quick tests, I must say that VR truly does work the magic!
Take a look at this shot at 1/10th of a second that I shot hand-held in a very dark restaurant:
I shot 5-6 frames at the same shutter speed and every single one of them came out tack sharp:
The real test awaited outside. As we walked out of the restaurant, I shot this scene in Denver downtown at 1/3rd of a second hand-held! Those clouds were barely visible to the eye.
And here is the 100% crop:
Wow, I want all of my wide lenses to have VR now! Nikon, seriously, please give us the Nikon 14-24mm VR and Nikon 24-70mm VR soon! :)