Reviews and Problems with Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX
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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G DX AF-S
19 December 2008
Excerpt: 18-36mm lenses have long been many photographers' standard short zooms for full-frame shooting. Here's the equivalent of that range in a 1.5X 35mm lens factor for small-format digital Nikon SLRs only. Small DX image circle allows compact size with constant aperture. HANDS ON Handsome satin-black metal with generous, easily grippable, smooth-turning zoom and manual focus rings. Handy switch for manual and autofocus with manual override.
Conclusion: Nikon were the first to produce a dedicated ultra wide angle lens for their cropped sensor cameras and they obviously put all their experience of both SLR lenses and wide angle for smaller sensor (Coolpix) lenses to full use. Despite some more recent very wide contenders, this offering from Nikon still looks like the Rolls-Royce of the pack. Although you will have to pay for it, if you want the ultimate performance for your cropped sensor, this is the lens to have.
Pros: Superb optical quality, Compact and well built, Silent autofocus
Cons: Price, Slight pincushion throughout (Being picky!)
Excerpt: ePHOTOzine lens tester, Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at the 12-24mm G ED lens from Nikon. As an innovative lens when it was released, can it hold its own against the new third party lenses? Nikon's 12-24mm costs around £806 and has a constant maximum aperture of f/4, a silent-wave focusing motor and uses aspherical lens elements and ED glass in its design.
Pros: Excellent sharpness, especially at 12mm, Light weight design, Good build quality, Decent flare performance with included hood
Cons: Strange distortion signature at 12mm may be troublesome to correct in software
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 12-24mm f/4G AF-S DX Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Conclusion: Paradoxically, the results of this test are good news for the owners of Nikon reflex cameras. No, you don’t have to spend more than 1000 $ to buy a good quality ultra wide-angle lens. Less than 500 will suffice – for that sum you can buy either the Sigma 10-20 mm or the Tokina 12-24 mm and with these instruments you can get results at least as good as those of the more expensive Nikkor.
Cons: sharpness of images near the maximum relative aperture should have been better,, high vignetting at all focal lengths,, visible coma.
Excerpt: Nikon's 12-24mm has a constant maximum aperture of f/4 through the entire zoom range, stopping down to f/22. On a Nikon D-SLR with a 1.5x focal length multiplication, it has a 35mm equivalent of 18-36mm, offering plenty of wide-angle coverage. The lens also features Nikon's SWM (Silent Wave Motor), which not only means whisper-quiet AF, but D40/40x/60 owners will have full AF capabilities.
Zoomy szerokokątne do cyfrowych Nikonów - część 4, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 12-24 mm F4 G IF-ED
21 October 2008
Summary: Nikkor niewątpliwie przeważa, jeśli weźmiemy pod uwagę jedynie wyniki testów dotyczących jakości optycznej. Tylko dwa razy zniża się on do poziomu 4 punktów, w pozostałych przypadkach osiągając więcej. Sigma z dużą wpadką za winietowanie nie była w stanie mu dorównać, nawet z rewelacyjną oceną za zdjęcia pod światło. Z tym, że Nikkor jest drogi. Wiadomo, że za jakość trzeba płacić, ale tu każdy musi sam zdecydować, czy warto aż o tyle więcej.