Nikon AFS DX 12-24mm f/4G Reviews

Feb 18th, 2008digisearch

Priced Paid
AU $ 1,400

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I have shot this lens combined with both D70 and D200 bodies.
This is my favorite lens of all. I shoot lots of landscapes for pleasure / hobby so no surprises that I enjoy this brilliant wide angle zoom. As a landscape lens this piece of glass excels. Often I shoot in the 18-24mm focal length range, however, when one requires super wide panoramic angles the 12mm focal length is a joy to point at any wide open landscape.

Barrel distortion is an obvious detracting factor at the wide open end of this lens and this eliminates the 12-24mm for serious architectural exposures or any other format of photography which involves straight lines, grids or any other linear subjects which are best rendered dead staight.

This lens renders natural landscape elements in beautiful colours and exhibits a fine degree of contrast and produces pleasing panoramic broad landscape exposures at appertures f/4 to f/11. The 12-24mm is also a great lens for taking subjects at very close range and showing them in proximity to their surrounding environment. Worth every cent ............
Oct 3rd, 2012keekimaru

Priced Paid
$600

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

If you want to shoot extreme wide angles on your Nikon digital SLR, you can choose this Nikkor lens, or a similar Sigma lens for 2/3rds the price. Spend the extra money.

The Sigma lens costs you a half an f-stop in speed, about double the weight, and a complete inability to use standard filters. Plus, Sigma's optics just aren't up to Nikon standards. All said and done, the Sigma lens isn't worth the money.

Which brings us to the Nikon lens: Is it worth a grand?

Oh my yes.

First, the cons. If you haven't already standardized on 77mm filters, then you'll have to buy all-new ones to fit this lens. That's an extra expense to keep in mind before you buy. The hood that comes with this lens doesn't snap into place as snug as it should. Getting the lens in and out of your bag, you may find the hood jiggling loose. The dinky built-in flash on Nikon's popular D70 body isn't a good fit with this lens. From about 12-18mm, the flash/lens combination will leave a dark shadow at the bottom of the frame. If you plan on shooting indoors with a flash, plan on using the Nikon SB-600 or -800.

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