Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Review by Markus Stamm, published February 2013

Introduction

The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 was introduced in 2009 as the second dedicated DX wide-angle zoom in Nikon's lens portfolio. Compared to the higly regarded but somewhat expensive AF-S DX 12-24/4, the newer lens offers a slightly extended zoom range at the wide end, but gives up a constant aperture across the zoom range. The DX 10-24 is more affordable than the DX 12-24, however at around 750 EUR it's still not really a cheap lens.

In this review we will have a look at how the lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000.

The lens body is made of high quality plastic, which is in line with other higher grade (but not top notch) Nikkor consumer lenses. Both the focus and the large zoom ring operate smoothly.

The lens features a silent wave drive (AF-S) and thus is compatible with all current Nikon DSLRs including the entry level offerings which no longer feature an internal AF drive within the body. Some of the recent consumer lenses feature rather slow AF-S drives, however this is not the case here: the AF works fast and is very silent.

Being a G lens the AF-S 10-24 doesn't feature an aperture ring.

The lens extends a little when zooming. It's shortest at around 14 mm, slightly extended at 10 mm and at maximum length at 24 mm. The moving tube is very solid, there is no wobbling. The front lens does not rotate while focusing so using a polarizer is no problem.

Specifications
Equiv. focal length15-36 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/5.3-f/6.8 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction14 elements in 9 groups inc. 2 ED and 3 aspherical elements
Number of aperture blades7 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.24 m (max. magnification ratio 1:5)
Dimensions82.5 x 87 mm
Weight460 g
Filter size77 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-23, petal shaped, bayonet mount (supplied)
Other featuresSilent wave AF motor, lens provides distance (D) information to the camera.




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