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
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.
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.