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

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D300 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.8.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/3200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/3200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/100s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX proved to be a very good performer. Its center resolution figures are exceptionally high and apart from 12mm @ f/4 the border quality is also impressive though a little less field curvature may be desirable at 12mm. CAs as well as the distortion characteristic are very good for an ultra-wide zoom lens whereas vignetting is about average due to the reduced APS-C image circle. The build quality is, in principal, very fine but you would usually expect a little more from a lens in this price class. The primary competitor is probably the Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro - a lens which is just as sharp but with a higher degree of CAs and worse flare in contra light - all at less than half the costs and combined with a better build quality. Costs aside it's a close race between the two with a slight edge for the Nikkor regarding optical quality. When taking the very different price tags in account the decision may be a little more complicated.

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