The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED is a wide angled zoom meant for the digital SLR cameras of the DX format.
Nikon, for the first time in 2003 offered a DX wide angle lens. Gradually it added to its kitty is the Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24/4 G, a very high quality but slightly expensive wide angle lens. However, with the launch of the Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED in 2009, Nikon broke even and reached out to a lot of customers who found it to be very useful and affordable. Priced at €750/$800, it isn’t really cheap, but compared to the F-S DX 12-24/4 G, the price is more reliable.
Good quality plastic has been used to create the body of the device and this makes it hardy and attractive. There are two rings – one for focus and the other for zoom and both work rather smoothly, without any trouble or wastage of time.
Since the lens sports the silent wave feature, it becomes compatible with every single digital SLR from the house of Nikon, including the auto focus lacking entry-level models. The auto focus function of the Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED is very quick and quiet and thus makes it a pleasure to work with. And since it is a lens in the G category, the auto focus comes without the aperture ring.
The lens marginally elongates while zooming. When at its shortest, it measures roughly 14mm and at its longest it stands at 24mm. the focal length is10mm.
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The tube in which the lens moves while zooming is fairly tough and so there is no kind of shaking or trembling at all. The lens in the front does not turn on so you can easily use a polarizer as and when needed.
However, some distortion is noticed since the length of focus (which is 10 mm) is rather large. It stands at about 3.1%, which is definitely more than that of the other cameras in the range. But you need not worry, since the lens manages the distortions very well. This is possible since the length of focus is so long. Barrel to pincushion distortion ranges between 14 to 18mm.
Mostly all lenses that have a minimized circle created exclusively for APS-C DSLRs, generally portray some vignetting. This, however, does not happen with the Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED, even though there is a 0.75 lag penalty. This gives the lens an edge over the others and users find it easy to work with.
The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED is a very good product and fits well among the ultra-wide zoom lenses. The design is fresh and the body is built with good quality products. The auto focus is fast and quiet. You can click high resolution images after focusing very accurately at the object. It has standard levels of vignetting and CAs.
The barrel distortion can at times be a bit too much and this becomes an annoying problem. Often the corners display extreme distortion. This makes one believe that the wide zoom range is a bit forced and unnatural.
The lens, overall, is a great product from the house of Nikon. It is perfectly suited for entry-level digital SLRs and amateur photographers. At 460g and 83 mm (diameter) x 87 mm (length), the model is not very heavy or bulky and can be carried about easily. On the whole the lens helps in taking some very good quality photographs in high resolution. However, the qualities of the images also depend on the skill of the photographer.