Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24 mm 1:3. 5-4. 5G ED

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published 19/06/2015 | dobieg
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Cons Less than ideal for portraits or sporting events, also expensive new.
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24 mm 1:3. 5-4. 5G ED

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I’ve been taking pictures for an awfully long time, I got my first camera over 45 years ago, and used it at the 1970 Commonwealth Games – my shots were universally rubbish, but I was smitten.

I’v e never quite understood the fascination for long lenses, perhaps because I’m short-sighted, but I’ve been fascinated by wide angle lenses, just as soon as I was able to recognise the format.

In my 35mm days, I started with a 35-80mm zoom, uickly progressed to a 24mm which I used as standard for many years, and finally ended up using a 17mm which gave the most extraordinary results, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24 mm 1:3. 5-4. 5G ED lens is the only one I’ve used which went anywhere near this, and exceeded the angle of view.

First of al, let’s describe the lens itself – it is around the same length as the ‘standard’ Nikon 18-55 zoom, but is a deal fatter, and feels quite a bit heavier.

It fits on any “D” series Nikon Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera body and support auto-focus controls through electrical connections in the F-mount bayonet. It works just as well on my D3100 and D3200 camera bodies, the D3200 giving the higher resolution.

The lens is categorised as an “ultra wide angle” rather than an”fisheye” – it gives an angle of view from 76’ to 28.5’ which in 35mm terms is around 14mm to 36mm.

Fisheye lenses traditionally distort straight lines into curves, “ultra wide” lenses, through clever optics, still keep edges ‘straight’ but exaggerate perspective dramatically.

We’re all used to the phenomenon of holding camera up to a subject, and typically having to step back to get everything in view – an ultra wide is the exact opposite, if anything you’re forced to ‘move into’ a subject.

Landscapes are rendered in their full majesty – tight confined spaces become expanses, and if you’ve ever been disappointed by an estate agent’s or travel brochure picture which made rooms look a lot bigger, you’ll probably find an ultra wide lens was to blame.

An ultra wide lens is not a guarantee of a good picture, there are some circumstances they’re definitely a no-no.

Everything is exaggerated – a candid portrait can often end up as a grotesque caricature. Sporting and wildlife pictures usually have the subject as a tiny speck in the middle of the frame.

What you DO get is an opportunity to capture the moment without having to get people to pose while you frame up.

Such versatility doesn’t come cheap – the lens retails for over £600 new, I picked a second hand one up on Fleabay in the high 300s, and this works out at about twice the cost of a decent camera body!

There are alternatives, the more popular are Tokina, Samyang and Sigma, personally I’d prefer a good second hand OEM les any day over third party ones.

This is a serious bit of kit, with a serious price tag. I tried an aftermarket ‘screw on’ adapter at a princely cost of£15, but the results were rubbish, and at the widest zoom, there was a noticeable vignette (black surround) which, when cropped out, made things little better than the standard lens on it’s own.

Focusing on a very short lens is less important than on conventional lenses, the depth of field is incredible, and this lens is no exception. Minimum distance is a usable 30cm, if you need to get in closer, use your standard lens anyway.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind when using an ultra wide lens; firstly if you don’t take care, your feet will become a regular feature of the pictures. Similarly, so will your shadow if taking outside pictures in the sun.

Equally so, if you’re shooting into the sun, it’s quite possible to get unwanted flare on the lens (the standard kit comes with a ‘tulip’ lens hood – I don’t usually bother with a hood on standard lenses, but it becomes essential kit with a wide.

Used carefully, it shouldn’t be that obvious that you’re using a wide lens at all, with more care still, you can achieve results which would be otherwise impossible on regular equipment.

On the subject of “what next lens should I buy”;
Most people’s second lens tends to be a telephoto (ie anything longer than a standard lens) Because of their popularity, they tend to be a lot cheaper.

Useful tip; Nikon use substantially the same lens mount across their entire camera range, and have done for nearly 50 years. It’s possible to pick up a used 35mm long zoom on a ‘D’ series camera, and these can be picked up for only a few quid, indeed I have a couple at the bottom of my camera bag.

You can’t “fake” a wide angle lens though.

By all means, go telephoto, but you don’t have to pay ‘top dollar’ – if you want ‘wide’ forget a screw-on attachment and go for the real deal.


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  • cath_del published 22/10/2015
    Great review! :)
  • JRCarter published 20/07/2015
    Couldn't ask for anything more from a lens review, had to be an E rating
  • LiveMusicLoverLyn published 21/06/2015
    Another great lens review :)
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Product Information : Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24 mm 1:3. 5-4. 5G ED

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Product Details

Long Name: AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24 mm 1:3. 5-4. 5G ED

Manufacturer: Nikon

Designed For: Nikon D7100

Weight: 460 g

Length: 8.7 cm

Filter Size: 77 mm

Special Functions: Wide angle, zoom

Lens Construction: 9 group(s) / 14 element(s)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Optical Zoom: 2.4 x

Focal Length: 10 mm - 24 mm

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-4.5

Mounting Type: Nikon F

Lens System: Zoom lens

Product Description: Nikon Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens - 10 mm - 24 mm

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Min Focus Distance: 24 cm

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, soft case, dust cap, lens cap

Lens System

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens

Mounting Type: Nikon F

Lens Coating: Nikon Super Integrated Coating

Diaphragm Blades: 7

Filter Size: 77 mm

Lens Construction: 9 group(s) / 14 element(s)

Min View Angle: 61 degree(s)

Max View Angle: 109 degree(s)

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Magnification: 0.2

Optical Zoom: 2.4 x

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 15 - 36mm

Minimum Aperture: F/22

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-4.5

Focal Length: 10 mm - 24 mm

Special Functions: Wide angle, zoom

Type: Zoom lens

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Min Focus Distance: 24 cm

General

Weight: 460 g

Diameter: 8.3 cm

Length: 8.7 cm

MPN: JAA-804-DA

Compatibility Information

Designed For: Nikon D7100

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