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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on DX and works on FX too, May 22, 2009
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This review is from: Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Camera)
Another work of Nikon lens genius which gives the ability to take dramatic, unusual, never-before-available, super-wide pix. As recently as a few years ago, before Nikon learned to mass produce aspheric elements, manufacturing this complex 14 element lens at reasonable cost would have been impossible. Compared to the earlier 12-24mm, significantly wider angle.

A nice suprise is that this DX lens can also be used FX, with some limitations of course. Although it will give the full zoom range only when used on the smaller DX format, it actually covers the frame of an FX camera - not over the full range but from 24mm down to about 18mm focal length, with acceptable vignetting (edge darkening). I am using it that way on my film Nikon F6 and digital D700. (For the D700, turn the DX Crop default OFF and turn the Vignette Control to HIGH.) This is pretty cool because it means that someone who wants only occasional use of an 18-24mm lens on a full frame camera does not have to go out and buy a new lens if they already have this one.

I disagree with the reviewers who complain about the plastic, Made in China construction. If this lens were made of brass and steel like a Leica, it would weigh twice as much, cost much more, and be no better photographically. Is it more important to have the controls be smooth than to capture new kinds of photos? In my opinion Nikon has taken the right approach - state of the art computational design, innovative manufacturing of aspheric elements, good enough construction, and breakthrough capability affordable for the amateur photog.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2010 8:24:35 PM PST
Manthano says:
gooid news, since I have this lens and was thinking of getting a D700 in addition to my D300. Have you used it on an FX cam?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010 5:21:56 AM PST
Yes, I have a D700 and it works from about 18mm to 24 mm on this lens with acceptable vignetting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2010 11:53:50 AM PST
HI there,

While using it on D700, was vignetting control ON?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2010 11:58:13 AM PST
HI there,

While using it on D700, was vignetting control ON?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2010 12:46:44 PM PDT
Please see my review of the Nikon D700 for discussion of the vignetting control with DX lenses. Short answer is that the effect is noticeable but small.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2010 12:46:46 PM PDT
Please see my review of the Nikon D700 for discussion of the vignetting control with DX lenses. Short answer is that the effect is noticeable but small.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 6:06:53 PM PDT
D. Brodsky says:
I am also looking for this lens for my D700/D40 combo. I was looking at Sigma 12-24 first because it goes to 12 on FX which is amazing, but I read that Nikkor 10-24 is sharper and lighter in weight than Sigma 12-24. I cannot find any examples of the 10-24 on D700 though. Some say that vignetting is acceptable even at 15mm (and not 18 as you state). Of course, vignetting is an individual thing, and what acceptable to one is not acceptable to another. I basically asking for some sample photographs on FX at around 15-18mm to see what really happens.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 7:58:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2010 8:05:22 PM PDT
Manthano says:
Hi
The 10-24 is incredibly sharp. I shot the inside of a gold- leafed church and the results were superb. i need to try it on my D700. What about the 16-35 or the 12-24? Consider that the 10 is really 15 on the DX. The 16-35 is just slightly more than the 10 AND its FX compatible. I dont know if Im supposed to say this here, but have a brand new condition 10 for sale for 725 with warranty card...

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 8:03:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2010 8:09:46 PM PDT
Manthano says:
i am puzzled by your statement that the 10 is wider than a 12. It isnt, the 12 is much wider, due to the 1.5 crop factor of the dx. Thus the 12 is considerably wider. The 10 is a great lens though. It is super sharp. I have aa 12-24, considered by many to be Nikon's finest lens, and the 10 seems sharper. It's amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 8:32:22 PM PDT
D. Brodsky says:
No, I was not talking about Nikkor 12-24 which of course 10 is wider on DX.

I was talking about a Sigma 12-24 which is 12 ON FX. As you know Sigma 12-24 is the widest UWA ever. it is true 12 on FX and of course it makes it 18 on DX. I want one UWA for both my D700/D40 because I really don't want to buy a dedicated UWA for each. I owned Sigma 10-20 and loved it on DX however I just sold it because it was just vignetting too much on D700.
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