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Nikon 10-24mm - First Impressions

JamesT

Seattle, US
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JamesT Registered since 11th Jul 2006
Sun 24-May-09 04:30 PM

Received my Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED this afternoon and my first impressions are very positive. The lens balances nicely on the D300 at just over a pound.

The zoom ring is a little stiff yet smooth, but I like it that way. The build quality is very similar to the Nikon 16-85mm which is to say very good, but is definitely at the high end of the prosumer range vs. professional. At 15mm, the front element is fully recessed and extends out about 1/8" zoomed to 10mm and 1/4" when zoomed to 24mm.

I've only had time to take a couple of grab shots, but the focus speed seems very snappy. The lens appears to be very sharp with surprisingly little distortion, but I'll need more time and a tripod to make a more objective evaluation.

I'm upgrading from a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 (due to a recent bad service experience, I will not buy Sigma gear any more) to this lens and I can definitely tell you that the Nikon is hands down better ergonomically and feels much more solid. Plus I'm looking forward to having the extra reach to 24mm and a little more speed. Hopefully the optical quality is better as well - seems very promising so far!

When I have time, I'll post sample images.

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