Nikon 10-20mm DX VR

AF-P f/4.5-5.6 G

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Nikon 10-20mm

Nikon AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G D VR(72mm filters, 8.2 oz./230g, 0.8'/0.22m close focus, about $307) bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama, at Amazon or at B&H.

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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.

 

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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.

It should work works great on the newest D3300, D500 and D810.

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.

Nikon cautions that you need to have the latest firmware installed for it to work on the D5500, D5300 or D3300.

See the full list at Nikon AF-P Compatibility.

 

Nikon 10-20mm

Nikon 10-20mm. bigger.

 

Specifications

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Name

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.

    DX: Won't work well on film or FX cameras.

    NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.

    G: Gelded; no aperture ring.

    VR: Vibration Reduction.

 

Optics

Nikon 10-20mm construction

Nikon 10-20mm internal construction. Aspherical elements.

14 elements in 11 groups.

3 aspherical elements.

Nikon 10-20mm MTF

Nikon 10-20mm MTF at 10mm.

 

Nikon 10-20mm MTF

Nikon 10-20mm MTF at 20mm.

 

Diaphragm

7 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22-29.

 

Focal Length

10-20mm.

When used on DX cameras, it sees the same angle of view as a 15-30mm lens sees when used on an FX or 35mm camera.

 

Angle of View

109º ~ 70º diagonal, on DX.

 

Autofocus

Internal focus: no external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.

 

Focus Scale

No.

 

Infinity Focus Stop

No.

 

Depth of Field Scale

No.

 

Infrared Focus Index

No.

 

Close Focus

0.8 feet (0.22 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:5.9 (0.17 ×).

 

Image Stabilizer (VR)

Rated 3.5 stops improvement.

 

Filters

72mm.

 

Hood

HB-81 bayonet.

 

Case

CL-1015.

 

Size

3.03" maximum diameter × 2.87" extension from flange.

77.0 mm maximum diameter × 73.0 mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

Nikon specifies 8.2 oz. (230g).

 

Announced

12:01 AM, 31 May 2017, NYC time.

 

Promised for

Late June 2017.

 

Included

Lens.

Standard LC-72 72mm front cap.

Standard LF-4 rear cap.

HB-80 bayonet hood.

CL-1218 case.

 

Nikon's Model Number

20067.

 

Price, USA

$307, May 2017.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Versus Canon

The Canon 10-18mm is also optically superb and very inexpensive.

 

Versus Tokina

The Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 used to be the top pick for Nikon DX because it cost less and was better built than Nikon's 10-24mm.

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.

 

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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.

I'd get mine at Amazon or at B&H.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Nikon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used lens. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

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