Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G £640, $780

The newer of Nikon’s two ul­tra-wide DX zooms, this one is a less ex­pen­sive vari­able-aper­ture lens

NPhoto - - Test Team -

One of the light­est lenses in the group, sec­ond only to the Tam­ron, this Nikon still has a good stan­dard of build qual­ity, com­plete with a rub­ber weather-seal ring around its mount­ing. This is some­thing that’s matched only by the two Tok­ina lenses on test. Un­like the older Nikon 12-24mm it lacks a con­stant-aper­ture de­sign, but the re­duc­tion in aper­ture at the long end of the zoom range is min­i­mal, be­ing f/4.5 as op­posed to f/4. Mean­while the max­i­mum view­ing an­gle from this newer 10-24mm lens has been in­creased from 99 de­grees to a more im­pres­sive 109 de­grees.

Han­dling is ex­cel­lent and, un­like all the in­de­pen­dently man­u­fac­tured lenses in the group, both Nikon lenses have their zoom rings po­si­tioned at the for­ward end. This makes good sense, es­pe­cially if you usu­ally rely on aut­o­fo­cus, as the zoom ring falls more nat­u­rally be­tween fin­gers and thumb.

Per­for­mance

We’ve al­ways been im­pressed by the Nikon 10-24mm’s sharp­ness but it’s been caught up or over­taken by some other lenses, most no­tably the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, which has also dropped in price. The Nikon’s con­trast is very good but at the short­est zoom set­ting bar­rel dis­tor­tion is more pro­nounced than with most lenses.

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