Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published July 2006

Joint lens test with Volker Mühlhaus


The Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX is the current native ultra-wide zoom lens option for APS-C Nikon DSLRs. On the D200 (used for testing) its field-of-view is equivalent to 18-36mm on classic camera and as such it is obviously a highly interesting option for landscape photography or other applications with the need for an extra kick in perspective.

The build quality of the lens is very decent. However, the outer parts are still just made of (good quality) plastic - slightly disappointing for a lens in this price class but positively speaking it is a very light-weight lens as a result. The broad, rubberized zoom and focus rings operate very smooth. The physical length of the lens remains constant despite a moving inner lens tube. Thanks to Internal Focusing (IF) the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer remains easily possible - even with the supplied petal shaped hood. Like most recently released Nikkors it is a G-type design without a dedicated aperture ring. The Nikkor has an internal, silent-wave (ultrasonic) AF motor which operates both fast as well as near-silent.

Obviously Nikon didn't really see the need for an aggressive pricing - at around 1000€/US$ the Nikkor comes at more than the double costs of the third-party alternatives so let's see whether it is worth it ...

Equiv. focal length18-36 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/6 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction11 elements in 7 groups inc. 3 aspherical elements and 2 ED elements
Number of aperture blades7 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.30 m (max. magnification ratio ~1:8.3)
Dimensions83 x 90 mm
Weight465 g
Filter size77 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-23, supplied, petal-shaped
Other features-