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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED review

The new Nikon extends your range

For

  • Great features
  • Fast zoom
  • Quiet
  • Good performance

Against

  • Focus rings feel a bit sticky

Nikon's venerable 12-24mm ultrawide zoom has the benefit of a reasonably fast f/4 aperture that remains constant throughout the zoom range.

By contrast, the newer 10-24mm lens has a variable f/3.5-4.5 maximum aperture but, crucially, it extends the zoom range where it matters most: at the wide-angle end, effectively boosting it to an equivalent 15mm compared with 18mm for the older lens.

A 3mm difference might not sound like much, but it makes a massive difference to the angle of view, enabling you to shoehorn a fair bit more of a scene into the frame.

As a G-series lens, there's no aperture ring on the lens barrel, but this omission is shared by every other lens in the group. Importantly, the Nikon bears the AF-S designation, featuring whisper-quiet, super-fast and deadly accurate Silent Wave autofocus performance.

Indeed, the autofocus proved the fastest on test and, like the Canon USM and Sigma HSM systems, comes complete with the luxury of full-time manual focus override.

Slightly Sticky

Compared with the Canon lens, the zoom and focus rings on the Nikon feel a bit sticky and slightly lacking in smoothness.

In other respects, however, build quality is pretty good and optical quality is enhanced by two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements, three aspherical elements and Nikon's SIC (super integrated coating), which aims to increase light transmission through the lens, while improving colour consistency and reducing flare.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length24 mm
Minimum Focal Length10 mm
Maximum Aperture Wide3.5
Maximum Aperture Tele4.5
Brand NameNikon
Filter Attachment Diameter77 mm
Lens TypeUltra Wide Angle Zoom
Application/UsageCamera
Depth87 mm
Compatibility

Nikon DX Format Cameras

ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJAA804DA
Product NameAF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Product LineNikkor
Manufacturer Part NumberJAA804DA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ultra wide-angle 2.4x zoom lens with 109° to 61° field of view, equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm format. Designed for use with DX-format digital SLRs, the high quality optical design boasts three aspherical and two ED glass elements to deliver images with outstanding resolution, contrast and minimized distortion. Ideal for capturing landscapes, images with exaggerated perspectives and for shooting in tight spaces, it features Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor for smooth, quiet auto-focus with all Nikon DX-format cameras.

Package Contents
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  • 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77
  • Rear Lens Cap LF-1
  • Bayonet Hood HB-23
  • Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118
Weight (Approximate)460 g