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

When it comes to point-and-shoot cameras their functions are rather limited when it comes to shooting beautiful landscape scenery and other outdoor areas that travelers frequently go through. The more expensive point-and-shoot cameras may be more effective when it comes to quality, nothing can match the power of a true Nikon digital SLR camera. The secret behind the quality images that each camera brings is not just the processing power. The lens also makes a big contribution. The new Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX lens is developed to do that and more. This particular wide-angle zoom lens is Nikon’s answer to all of the other competitors that took on the first ultra-wide angle zoom lens introduced by Nikon back in 2003 and it does it by boasting a familiar design and incorporating a lot technological advances.

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

Design & Construction

The Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED isn’t entirely made of metal and that explains why the price is under $1,000, but the plastic doesn’t fall back in quality and is durable enough for frequent travelers. It is finished with a sleek matte black texture and come with a soft case. The lens mount is composed of metal while the 77mm filter threads stay plastic.

The lens hood is petal-shaped and conveniently reverses to the end of the accessory for easy storage. Inside the hood lies a smooth, matte finish further highlighting the quality. Although it is one of the newer lenses, there are only minor changes noticeable when compared to rest of the lenses and that is a good thing since the design of the lenses in the past always worked for veteran photographers that use them as well as aspiring landscape photographers.

Actual user review:
“Another work of Nikon lens genius which gives the ability to take very dramatic, unusual, never-before-available, super-wide pix. As recently as a few years ago, before Nikon learned to mass produce aspheric elements and ED glass, manufacturing this complex 14 element lens at reasonable cost would have been impossible. Compared to the 12-24mm; much wider angle, lower distortion. The best suprise is that, although it will give the full zoom range only when used on the smaller DX format, it actually covers the frame of an FX camera from 24mm down to about 13mm focal length. I am using it that way on my film Nikon F6; Nikon’s non-zoom 14mm lens for full frame costs $1800! I disagree with the reviewers who complain about the plastic, Made in China construction. If this lens were made of brass and steel like a Leica, it would weigh twice as much, cost ten times as much, and be no better photographically. Is it more important to have the controls be smooth than to capture new kinds of photos? In my opinion Nikon has taken the exactly right approach – state of the art computational design, good enough construction, and really new capability affordable for the average amateur photographer” – Doctor G. (MA,USA)

Features & Specifications

The sharpness levels of the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G is very good even when the lens is used wide open. Corner softness is lax and the center of the image stays fairly sharp in a few sweet spots. When zoomed out, the software is reduced by a couple blur units which aren’t really much of a difference when the images are produced at the 12-24mm range. However, the image sharpness can still be improved if necessary when the lens stops down to the telephoto ranges including f/5.6 and f/4 to improve the corner software. It is possible to achieve diffraction limiting at f/11 with blur units under 1 across the frame. Once it is fully stopped down, 3-4 blur units are noticed across. The sharpness isn’t best here, but there are plenty of different options to get the desired sharpness and the quality should be exceptional when used for taking landscape photos.

A lot of the power and value in this lens lies on the different glass and lens elements present. The two ED glass elements are responsible not only for the sharpness, but the low chromatic aberration too. Chromatic aberration isn’t totally eliminated, but it is only noticeable when used wide-open. Still D3x users shouldn’t have a problem with the CA. The three aspherical lens elements make up the slight drawback by eliminating coma. Color consistency and flare reduction is also achieved thanks to the same Nikon Super Integrated Coating used in other units.

The lens boasts a lot of versatility that can be enjoyed by all DX-format digital camera users rendering a 109 degree picture angle through 61 degrees which equates to 15-36mm focal lengths and 35mm in DX and FX formats respectively. Autofocus is also speedy as it incorporates the Nikon Silent Wave Motor to make the operation swift and quiet along with M/A focus mode switch for changes on demand. The combination of the Internal Focus with the Rounded 7-blade diaphragm makes the Nikon 10-24mm autofocus even faster and renders out-of-focus image elements better at the same time.

Bottom Line

With all these technologies and enhancements present, the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G surprisingly stays compact and offers a generous 2.4x ultra wide-angle zoom that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor scenes. It is best to use this lens with a Nikon D300 or D300S to minimize the impact of unwanted chromatic aberration.

Average User Rating:

  • “My husband purchased this lens from Amazon because of good service I received in the past. It is available from other online sources for slightly less. He reports that the lens arrived a day earlier than expected (thank you) and has been used for interior and exterior shots. On a d90, the built-in flash works from about 19 to 24 mm without lens shading. It focuses fast, balances well with the d90, and the pictures are sharp and have good contrast. At the 10 mm end, it gives great angle of view, with expected barrel distortion. Got sharper stopped down to f8. Distortion fades up to 15 mm and from there to 24 mm, it is a sharp lens for family and outdoor shots. This will be his main d90 lens. He was considering the Nikkor 12-24, but wanted the extra WA, considered the Tokina 11-16, but again wanted the extra WA and had concerns about availability and QC issues. Wishes there was more technical test data, but he needed a good WA lens now for upcoming vacations and is happy with this choice. Says Nikon has never failed him and Amazon was solid.” – Paula N.(OH,USA)

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