Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED £840, $1100

This lens is a real old-timer that still com­mands an ex­trav­a­gant ask­ing price – but should it?

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Whereas the Nikon 1024mm was launched back in 2009, this lens dates from 2003, pre­ced­ing even the D70 cam­era which brought D-SLR pho­tog­ra­phy to the masses. Even rel­a­tively an­cient lenses can still be ex­tremely good, and you’d cer­tainly have high hopes for this one, given that it’s the most ex­pen­sive DX-for­mat ul­tra-wide lens on the mar­ket.

Fea­tures in­clude fast, quiet ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus and a con­stant aper­ture. Even so, it’s a stop slower than the Tok­ina 11-16mm lens, and is also marginally beaten by the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5. It lacks the weather-seal ring on the mount­ing plate which is fea­tured on the Nikon 10-20mm and both Tok­ina lenses. As for han­dling, there’s noth­ing to choose be­tween the two Nikons, al­though the max­i­mum an­gle of view is re­duced in this lens.

Per­for­mance

Con­sid­er­ing its high price, per­for­mance from this lens is dis­ap­point­ing. Lab re­sults for sharp­ness were the poor­est in the whole group, and while colour fring­ing is low at 12mm, it’s worse than aver­age at mid to long zoom set­tings. Tak­ing ev­ery­thing into ac­count, the Nikon looks over­priced com­pared with in­de­pen­dently made com­peti­tors, as well as its own 10-20mm sta­ble­mate.

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