It can’t com­pete with the Canon and Sigma lenses for sheer view­ing an­gle, but this of­fer­ing is com­pet­i­tively priced for an own-brand lens

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Own-brand Canon and Nikon lenses are of­ten rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive com­pared with third-party equiv­a­lents from the likes of Sigma and Tam­ron. That makes this Nikkor look some­thing of a bar­gain, sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­cut­ting the Canon lens for cost. It loses out in max­i­mum view­ing an­gle but boasts a faster f2.8 aper­ture rat­ing than the Canon and Sigma f4 lenses.

Cur­rently the widest of Nikon’s four wide-an­gle zooms for full-frame DSLRs, this one has a max­i­mum view­ing an­gle of 114 de­grees. Build qual­ity is of a fully pro­fes­sional stan­dard, com­plete with weather seals. The zoom and fo­cus rings are large and have a smooth ac­tion, but the short ro­ta­tional travel of the fo­cus ring makes man­ual fo­cus­ing lack­ing in pre­ci­sion.

AF per­for­mance is equal to the Canon for speed and quiet­ness, al­though the Nikon’s M/A mode gives pri­or­ity to man­ual fo­cus­ing in aut­o­fo­cus mode. This is an ad­van­tage as you don’t need to wait for aut­o­fo­cus to be achieved be­fore ap­ply­ing man­ual over­ride. High-grade op­tics in­clude two ED (Ex­tralow Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments, three as­pher­i­cal el­e­ments and nano-struc­ture coat­ings.

Sharp­ness is ex­cel­lent across the whole im­age frame at most aper­ture and zoom com­bi­na­tions, al­though it drops off a bit at mid to long fo­cal lengths at f2.8, both at the cen­tre and to­wards the edges. Colour fring­ing, ghost­ing and flare are all min­i­mal, but bar­rel dis­tor­tion at the short end of the zoom range is the worst on test, de­spite the rel­a­tively mod­est max­i­mum view­ing an­gle.

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FIGHT­ING ITS COR­NER Nar­row­ing the aper­ture a lit­tle at 14mm cer­tainly pays div­i­dends in terms of ex­cel­lent cor­ner sharp­ness Left

DOWN TO ZERO Bar­rel dis­tor­tion is pro­nounced at the short end of the zoom range but drops off at longer set­tings

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