Nikon AF -P 10-20mm

Now you can get a Nikon-branded su­per-wide zoom for the same price as a third-party lens

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Nikon’s new su­per-wide DX lens is bud­get-friendly, but is it worth buy­ing...?

Su­per-wide-an­gle zooms like this don’t just let you ‘get more in’. They can cre­ate dra­matic dif­fer­ences in scale be­tween fore­ground and back­ground ob­jects and ex­ag­ger­ate con­verg­ing lines and per­spec­tive ef­fects. They’re use­ful if you need to shoot in con­fined spa­ces or nar­row city streets, but they can also en­able dra­matic com­po­si­tions.

Nikon’s new AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is un­usu­ally small and light and, by Nikon’s stan­dards, it’s re­mark­ably in­ex­pen­sive for a su­per­wide-an­gle zoom. Nikon’s ex­ist­ing 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G is big­ger, heav­ier, has no VR and costs more than twice as much. And the even older 12-24mm f/4G costs three times the price.

The 10-20mm zoom range isn’t the most gen­er­ous on the market – a cou­ple of ri­vals stretch from 1024mm – but it’s likely to be used at its shorter fo­cal lengths any­way.

At 10mm the max­i­mum aper­ture is f/4.5, where most ri­vals of­fer f/3.5, but this one-stop dif­fer­ence in max­i­mum aper­ture is un­likely to make a lot of dif­fer­ence in every­day shoot­ing – es­pe­cially since Nikon’s VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) sys­tem is built in. This is rare in a su­per-wide-an­gle zoom and a great fea­ture to have.

Nikon’s new AF-P aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem uses step­per mo­tors for im­proved speed, smooth­ness and near-silent op­er­a­tion, which is es­pe­cially use­ful when shoot­ing video. But this does bring some com­pat­i­bil­ity is­sues: this new lens is de­signed for Nikon’s new­est cam­era bod­ies, and you should check the com­pat­i­bil­ity list (right) to see if it will work with your cam­era.

If you love in­te­ri­ors then you shouldn’t leave home with­out car­ry­ing a su­per­wide-an­gle lens

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