Best ultra wide-angle lens for Nikon DSLRs: 8 tested

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Best ultra wide-angle lens for nikon dslrs: 8 tested

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX - £670/ $860

With a zoom range of 10-24mm, equalled only by the Tamron lens, this is a worthy successor to Nikon's older 12-24mm lens. It provides a wider angle of view at its shortest focal length, and build quality feels robust, with silky-smooth zoom and focus rings.

The lens features two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements to ensure excellent sharpness and contrast, and the ring-type AF-S autofocus is super-fast and highly accurate.

Performance

The largest available aperture shifts from f/3.5 to f/4.5 as the focal length extends through the zoom range. For an ultra-wide zoom, the Nikon proved remarkably sharp at its largest apertures in our tests, and there was little vignetting, making it great for handheld shooting in dull light.

From low-lit indoor shots to sunny landscapes, the Nikon gives extremely accurate exposures throughout its zoom range. Distortions are a little more noticeable than with some lenses. But, then again, these can be tuned out automatically with Nikon's latest DSLRs.

Sharpness

Best ultra wide-angle lens for nikon dslrs: 8 tested

Outright sharpness is best at the crucial ultra-wide focal lengths, and remains consistent throughout the aperture range.

Lab test at f/8
Sharpness at 10mm: 1681
Sharpness at 15mm: 1766
Sharpness at 24mm: 1488

Fringing

Best ultra wide-angle lens for nikon dslrs: 8 tested

Fringing is only slightly noticeable in the 10-15mm zoom range. At longer focal lengths, chromatic errors are negligible.

Lab test at f/8
Fringing at 10mm: 0.33
Fringing at 15mm: 0.35
Fringing at 24mm: 0.96

Distortion

Best ultra wide-angle lens for nikon dslrs: 8 tested

Distortion is well controlled overall, although barrel distortion is clearly visible at the 10mm focal length.

Lab test at f/8
Distortion at 10mm: -3.86
Distortion at 15mm: -0.23
Distortion at 24mm: -0.81

Image test verdict

Best ultra wide-angle lens for nikon dslrs: 8 tested

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The Nikon delivers supremely accurate and consistent metering, and acquits itself excellently in all aspects of image quality.

Read the full Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX review