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Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Image quality: 9/10
Value for money: 7/10
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f3.5-4.5G ED is a well-performing and thoroughly enjoyable ultrawide-to-wide zoom lens. It's remarkably sharp in the image centre throughout the entire focal range, with edge sharpness also being commendably high at most settings, except wide open at the 10mm end. Vignetting is practically a non-issue as long as you use the lens on a DX body - for which it was designed - or an FX camera in DX crop mode. Chromatic aberrations are visible in the raw files but those shooting JPEG only on a recent Nikon DSLR will not really see them as they tend to be very well corrected in-camera. As expected from a wide zoom, there is considerable barrelling in the 10-14mm range, which turns into pincushion distortion at around the 15mm setting. The lens' macro performance is rather unremarkable but its close-focus point of 24cm still comes in very handy when including a foreground interest in the image, as you often do in landscape and architectural photography.
The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 is a welcome addition to the selection of ultra wide zoom lenses, a modern design with good build quality and fast sonic wave AF. It features impressive resolution figures at most focal lengths and a moderate level of vignetting and CAs. On the downside, barrel distortion is very high at 10 mm and the resolution at the extreme corners is poor wide open at 10 mm and recovers only partially stopped down. This leaves the impression that the zoom range was forced down to 10 mm.
Still a solid performance all in all. And for those looking for an extreme wide angle lens but hesitating to choose a third party option, there's another Nikon-made solution now, allthough unfortunately not a cheap one.
Compared to its older sister lens (which is even more expensive) the 10-24 offers a wider zoom range, similar build quality and almost the same level of performance in the overlapping range. Given these results, it's difficult to find arguments not to choose the new lens over the 12-24 DX (which surprisingly is still offered).
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- solid, good quality barrel with a metal mount,
- good frame center picture quality at all focal lengths,
- very good, sometimes even outstanding frame edge performance,
- low 17-24 mm range distortion,
- well corrected astigmatism,
- silent and fast autofocus.
- high chromatic aberration for the range of 10-17 mm,
- huge "front-focus",
- high distortion at the shortest focal length,
- very slow vignetting decrease on stopping down.