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Nikon - AF 12-24mm f4G ED-IF-S DX Lens
Quick Overview |
Designed for Nikon D-Series digital SLR.

Design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors.

2x Zoom ratio and variable angle-of-view from 99 degrees at 12mm to 61 degrees at 24mm. Comparable to that of an 18-36mm lens on 35mm size sensor format.

Nikon design that produces a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, and optimal image quality from center-to-edge-to-corner on the image.

Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation.

2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration.

3 Aspherical lens element for low distortion.

Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance.

M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no time lag even during AF servo operation.

Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes.

Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models.

11.8 close focusing distance throughout zoom range.

SportsShooter Member Rating | 8.08
List Price | $1030.95
More Information | http://www.samys.com/product.php?ItemNo=NIKO2144


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Martin McNeil Photographer
East Kilbride | South | United Kingdom
Comments | [05/21/07] I bought this lens for situations where the 17-55DX just wasn't wide enough and, in such scenarios, it does the job. A few minor gripes though 1. Why the cheap plastic construction? For a pro-grade lens (pricewise anyway) it doesn't feel as it it would be all that durable. 2. The focus and zoom rings are reversed when compared to other Nikkor zooms; consistency would have been nice in this regard. 3. Limited PJ use on account of f/4 aperture. I simply couldn't shoot indoor concerts with this lens, so it doesn't really fill in for the older 17-35 Nikkor. That said, if you give this lens plenty of light, it will deliver the goods. Not as sharp wide open as some would like (and some corner issues too) but once you stop it down it shines.
Rating | 7

Joseph Mugno Student/Intern
Rockville Centre | NY | United States
Comments | [04/08/05] A great lens or Nikon users. The super wide angle and f/4 worked great together on my D1H and D2H. Even with a speedlight and omni-bounce on top, the coverage of the flash filled the frame perfectly. I wish Canon had a lens just like it. However, no matter how great this lens was, it would be even bettter if it was a f/2.8. Overall a solid 9.
Rating | 9

Vasha Hunt Photographer
Opelika | AL | USA
Comments | [03/08/05] I'm very happy with this lens - it has some distortion as expected at such a wide field of view. It gives tons of flexability back to Nikon Digital shooters, allowing you to work in close. Flare is pretty well controlled for such a wide lens.
Rating | 9

Walter Calahan Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA
Comments | [10/29/04] A useful lens in the bag. One problem I have is the lens hood. Mine doesn't lock on very tightly, so I'm always having to twist it back into place. My biggest problem with the lens is the zoom and the focus rings are backwards to all the other Nikon zooms I own. So when I go to zoom, I change the focus. This is a BIG problem when working fast and you've got another zoom on a second body.
Rating | 7

Evan Parker Photographer
Valparaiso | IN | USA
Comments | [10/27/04] Poor image quality and too much distortion.
Rating | 5

Kristian Dowling Photographer
Melbourne | VIC | Australia
Comments | [10/25/04] Avoid this lens if you can help it. Do NOT shoot people with this lens up close. It does NOT work like a 17-35mm lens on film. There is quite a bit of distortion when shooting subjects up close. In the wide end, the lens is not sharp enough, especially if you compare it to the sharpness of the AF-S 17-55mm. At the 20-24mm end, sharpness is quite good and flare is very well controlled in this lens at most focal lengths- this impressed me greatly. The build is quite good, but not quite PRO level, but still good. Focus ring is too thin, but lens balances well on my D2H. I returned this lens cause of the distortion when shooting people up close. On my old F5, I never hesitated to shoot people up close with my 17-35mm. This lens cannot replicate the same effect due to he extended DOF and distortion. So this lens for PJ use is useless, unless you're very careful NOT to place subjects in the sides or corners. For landscapes, there is no alternative.
Rating | 6

Marc Lester Photographer
Elmwood | IL | USA
Comments | [06/28/04] I love mine. I would tell anyone who needs a wide lens to get one. The f4 is not a big deal, it is so wide, you can hand hold it for just about anything.
Rating | 9

Nic Hume Photographer / Photo Editor
Victoria | BC | Canada
Comments | [06/09/04] A great lens to shoot with, particularly after being restricted to >30mm lenses before this. My only complaint about it is the distortion experienced
Rating | 8

James Rulison Photographer
Chino Hills | CA | USA
Comments | [05/05/04] I purchased this lens after hearing some great feedback on several forums. Originally I purchased it and felt the quality was not snuf, now after several months of use this is lens is top notch.
Rating | 9

Hassel Weems Photographer
Locust Grove (Atlanta) | GA | USA
Comments | [04/14/04] Purchased in Dec 2003 from Penn Camera. Focus is fast and sure, build quality is light but sturdy. It is OK for sharpness at 12mm, and very sharp at 24mm. No problems with flare that I can detect.
Rating | 8

Cap Hugho Photographer
Ridgecrest | CA | USA
Comments | [07/16/03] Just got my lens yesterday at Samy's on Fairfax, thanks Louis. It's great to now have a lens that provides a 12mm focal length. This lens is good by me, gives me exactly what I'm looking for and a great pairing with my D1X.
Rating | 9

Skip Dickstein Photographer
North Chatham | NY | USA
Comments | [07/11/03] I recently took delivery on my 12-24 and have been shooting on assignments for the Albany Times Union. All I can say is, EXCEPTIONAL.
Rating | 10

Matthew Putney Student/Intern / Photographer
Des Moines | IA | USA
Comments | [07/06/03] I have just purchased this lens and I am very happy with it. It is a good step in the right direction for Nikon. I have been waiting about 4 months for this lens; I was debating if I should by the 12-24 or the 17-35. I decided that I have a 20mm if I need the 2.8 and with the 12-24 you get so much more coverage. The choice was easy. The flaw is that the SB-80dx doesn’t cover for 12mm. Also it has some distortion at about 12-14mm but not bad. I have shot photos this weekend of fireworks, baseball dugout, the 4th parades, and a car show. I love the lens a must have for photojournalists.
Rating | 9



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