Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10–20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

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£330/$310 www.nikon.com

Nikon has just an­nounced three new wide-an­gle lenses aimed at three very dif­fer­ent kinds of pho­tog­ra­phy. The most ex­cit­ing, from our point of view, is the new AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. This is an ul­tra-wide-an­gle zoom for Nikon’s DX-for­mat cam­eras and it brings three key fea­tures – it uses Nikon’s lat­est AF-P aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, it has Nikon’s VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) sys­tem built in, and it of­fers ex­tremely good value for money.

The AF-P aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem uses stepping mo­tors to drive the lens’s fo­cus­ing mech­a­nism, and we’ve al­ready seen it used to great ef­fect in Nikon’s lat­est AF-P 18-55mm kit lens. It of­fers fast, near­si­lent aut­o­fo­cus, which is good for stills pho­tog­ra­phy, and even bet­ter for video.

Nikon’s VR mech­a­nism is a com­mon fea­ture in the com­pany’s longer fo­cal length lenses, but it’s the first time it’s been used in a su­per-wide-an­gle Nikkor zoom. The ex­ist­ing Nikkor 10-24mm DX lens does not have it, and nei­ther does the much older 12-24mm, and both lenses are much more ex­pen­sive than the new AF-P lens.

This is per­haps the best news of all: Nikon’s new DX for­mat su­per-wide-an­gle costs no more than third-party ri­vals. It’s also de­signed to be light­weight and is ‘built for travel’.

First im­pres­sions_ Any pho­tog­ra­pher needs a su­per-wide-an­gle zoom in their kit bag; this new Nikkor ticks all the boxes, and at the right price.

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