The new Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20MM F/4.5-5.6G VR lens was launched by Nikon on 31 May 2017 and made available late June 2017. This inexpensive and lightweight lens was designed specifically for APS-C Nikon cameras. It is equipped with a Nikon’s Pulse Motor for a very fast and quiet focusing. The best thing about this lens is that it comes with Vibration Reduction system (VR) which is rare for an Ultra Wide Angle lens. Other lenses in this category such as Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM and Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) doesn’t have any stabilization system in them. Although, those two lenses have a better aperture. Having a stabilizer system in an Ultra Wide Angle lens can be a big bonus for some.

This NIKKOR lens has a minimum focusing distance of 22cm/8.6in with an angle of view of 109º – 70º, like other Ultra Wide Angle lens, you need to be very close to your subject if you’re taking portrait using it although it would be better for landscape photography as the maximum aperture is relatively small. The price tag is around $309.95.

A few things that anybody who are interested to buy this lens need to know before buying it:

  1. This lens is using AF-P, Nikon’s Pulse Motor (or Stepping Motor) so it cannot be used in all Nikon’s camera that was introduced before 2013. According to the documentation that comes with this lens, it is not compatible with the D1, D2, D3, D4 series, D800, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100 and D3000 as well as any 35mm camera. There’s no way to make it work on those cameras, not even the manual focusing works in those. If you have the latest bodies such as D3300, D500 and D810, it will works great. You can also use it with D7100 and D7200 with no problem but if you want to use it with D5500, D5300 and D3300, Nikon said you have to make sure your firmware is updated to the latest version.
  2. This lens doesn’t have A/M and VR on and off switch or button. Those feature will depends on the camera’s Auto focus and Manual Focus switch and as for VR, so far there’s no way to switch it off but there’s no harm to leave it on all the time, right?
  3. This lens’ angle of view is 109º – 70º, due to that it will caused your image to have some problems such as vignetting and chromatic aberration but this is common thing with Ultra Wide Angle lenses. Another common flaw with ultra wide angle lens is your subject maybe distort in the middle. This will happen when you take photo like potrait or close up. There are a few ways to avoid this. The easiest way is to move back bit by bit until you get a better shot. In some situations, distortion of the focused subject can be a good thing.
  4. Due to it’s wide angle of view, you need a very thin UV filter. Thick UV filter will make the image rounded at the edge.
  5. It’s made of plastic, every parts of it including the back part. So if you’re planning to put it on and off so many times, you might notice scratches at the back part of this lens. But overall the built is very good for that price.
  6. Due to its small aperture, this lens doesn’t perform well in low light condition. It’s a fair point because this lens is made for landscape photography during the day or in a well lit condition. Normally, for landscape photography you need a small aperture to capture as much details as you can. If you need an ultra wide angle lens that you can use in low light condition, you might need to get the more expensive ones such as those with a fixed aperture of f/2.8. If you’re on a budget but have a little bit more to spend, you might want to go for lens like Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) for a little bit higher increment in terms of aperture.

2 Responses to NIKON AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20MM F/4.5-5.6G VR

  1. […] an area with limited lights. It does performed well but not too good. Like what we have said in our previous post, this lens is suitable for taking photos in a well lit areas. […]

  2. […] our previous post, we wrote a brief introduction and review for the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens. We also shared our initial shots taken with it in our Test Shot Part 1 […]

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