Nikon AF -P 10-20mm
Now you can get a Nikon-branded super-wide zoom for the same price as a third-party lens
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