Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED £640, $800
It’s an expensive option for a DX wide-angle zoom
Not altogether inspiring, levels of sharpness fade away towards the long end of the zoom range, and around the edges of the frame. Barrel distortion at the short end is also more pronounced than in the Sigma and Tamron DX-format lenses. This lens lacks the f/4 constant-aperture design of Nikon’s older 12-24mm DX-format optic but beats it for zoom range and maximum viewing angle. It’s also cheaper than the 12-24mm, but there’s no hiding the fact that it’s about twice the price of the Sigma and Tamron DXformat lenses on test. So what do you get for the extra outlay?
The lens features a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system (lacking in the Tamron), and a weather-sealed mount (lacking in the Sigma). Quality glass includes three aspherical elements and two ED ones. The overall build doesn’t feel as robust as that of the Sigma lens, though both designs feature a focus distance scale beneath a viewing window. The Tamron’s distance scale is printed on the surface of the focus ring.