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

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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.


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