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Nikon 10-24mm Review

by Jim on May 22nd, 2010

Since it is hard to find reviews on this newer DX lens, I thought I would do a quick first impression of this lens that I recently purchased.  Although I am interested in FX, I know that I will have my D300 for the long haul and wanted a wide angle lens that would cover the equivalent FOV of 16mm in FX. The new Nikon 10-24mm was the logical choice, although the Sigma 10-20mm and Tokina 11-16mm are probably the closest non Nikon equivalents, and of course  it’s older Nikon brother the 12-24mm f4G that’s more money.

Unfortunately I did not have any of those lenses to compare against, so I can only tell you my observation of  how it performs relative to the Nikon 16-35mm f4. I have three photos that I uploaded with the review. No editing for distortion or sharpening was done.  Just a couple of small light balance tweaks, and they have been resized for the web. All four photos were shot at ISO 800, f3.5 at 10mm to show its results at the wide end. The shutter speeds varied from 1/40 to 1/350 of a second based on available light.

I did not post 100% crops, because I wanted to show the performance across the whole photo. Center sharpness is outstanding at 100% crop though, and you will not be disappointed, it is better than the 16-35mm f4 at 16mm without a doubt. I wish this was a FX lens, if it was I would sell the 16-35mm f4. I understand it may be possible to use this lens on a FX body,  but since I only own DX cameras, I  cannot verify how corners might vignette on full frame.

 

 Summary:

  • 10-24mm f3.5-4.5G AFS DX
  • Max angle of view 109 degrees
  • 14 Elements in 9 Groups
  • IF /ED Glass
  • 77mm filters
  • Weight 460 grams
  • Min focus dist .79 ft
  • Length  3.42 inches

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