Nikon 10-20mm DX VR
AF-P f/4.5-5.6 G
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This Nikon 10-20mm is a breakthrough in being the world's first inexpensive ultrawide lens for Nikon DX cameras (only $307 at introduction), and is also Nikon's first DX ultrawide with Vibration Reduction!
Add its low price to super-close focussing and tiny size and vanishing weight and this just became the best DX ultrawide ever.
It has a traditional mechanical diaphragm actuator, not an "E" electronic diaphragm, so its diaphragm works on all Nikons ever made.
The problem is that the new AF-P autofocus motor system only works on camera models originally introduced since about 2013. If your camera is too old, the focus system, even in manual mode, won't work at all, making the lens completely useless with no workaround.
Nikon says forget it on any of the D1, D2, D3 or D4 series, the D800, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100 or D3000. It also won't work on any 35mm camera.
See the full list at Nikon AF-P Compatibility.
Nikon 10-20mm. bigger.
Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR.
AF-P: Stepper (Pulse) autofocus motor: silent and ultra fast.
NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.
VR: Vibration Reduction.
Nikon 10-20mm internal construction. Aspherical elements.
14 elements in 11 groups.
3 aspherical elements.
Nikon 10-20mm MTF at 10mm.
Nikon 10-20mm MTF at 20mm.
7 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22-29.
Angle of View
109º ～ 70º diagonal, on DX.
Internal focus: no external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.
Infinity Focus Stop
Depth of Field Scale
Infrared Focus Index
0.8 feet (0.22 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:5.9 (0.17 ×).
Image Stabilizer (VR)
Rated 3.5 stops improvement.
3.03" maximum diameter × 2.87" extension from flange.
77.0 mm maximum diameter × 73.0 mm extension from flange.
Nikon specifies 8.2 oz. (230g).
12:01 AM, 31 May 2017, NYC time.
Late June 2017.
Standard LC-72 72mm front cap.
Standard LF-4 rear cap.
HB-80 bayonet hood.
Nikon's Model Number
$307, May 2017.
Versus the Nikon 10-24mm
The 10-24mm is older, bigger, heavier, more expensive and lacks VR.
I'd pass on it. It's twice as heavy, costs three times as much and this little 10-20mm is at least as sharp — however if you have an older camera, the 10-24mm will work on it while this new one might not. I'd put the money into a newer camera and get this new lens rather than put more money into the old 10-24mm just to work on an older camera.
Versus the Nikon 12-24mm
The 12-24mm is from 2003. It's even more expensive than the 10-24mm and also lacks VR. It costs four times what this 10-20mm costs and isn't as sharp — but the 12-24mm is the best-made Nikon DX ultrawide.
The Canon 10-18mm is also optically superb and very inexpensive.
Today the Tokina costs twice as much as this 10-20mm. The Tokina is faster and tougher, while this new lens is much lighter weight and adds VR.
Unless you need f/2.8 for action or need the physical toughness, I'd save my money and go with this faster-focussing and sharper 10-20mm instead.
Finally Nikon has an inexpensive, ultra-high performance ultrawide.
It's small, light, sharp and a fraction of the price of earlier lenses. I'd get one if you shoot DX and would no longer consider any of the others.
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31 May 2017