Nikon 12-24mm f/4G IF DX Lens

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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens - Main If you need to use a Nikon DSLR to capture extreme wide angle images, you can select this Nikkor 12-24mm lens, or a comparable Sigma 12-24mm lens for only $50 less the Nikon cost. Spend the extra bucks and get the Nikon.

With the Sigma lens, you lose half of an f-stop, it weighs around twice as much, and has zero ability to use normal filters (it tales a rear gelatin filter). Additionally, Sigma's lens optics just aren't as high as Nikon levels. All in all, and the Sigma lens just doesn't compare for the money.

Is the Nikon lens worth $900? Oh my you better believe it.
Unless you've already obtained a standardized supply 77mm filters, then you may need a set of new ones to go on this lens. Another expense to consider before you purchase the 12-24. Also the hood supplied this lens doe not fit as tight as it should. Moving the lens to and from of your gear bag, you might find the hood coming loose. The itty bitty built-in flash fitted on the Nikon D90 body is not a good match with the 12-24. From around 12-18mm, the lens and flash combined will leave a gloomy silhouette at the bottom side of your image If you plan is to shoot indoors employing a flash, get yourself a Nikon SB400, SB-600 or SB800.

This lens is an optical dream., however, there's an expected distortion from 12mm wide-angle end, although somewhat less than you would possibly expect. There could be some softness along the edges of the frame wide-open at the 12mm end, but otherwise it's one sharp, crisp lens, and you'll be amazed at the detail on far away subjects. This lens really delivers. which is the whole purpose: It delivers what's impossible get elsewhere for DSLR shooting and. for that, almost any price is a bargain. Feb 8, 2011

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length12 24 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Nikon F (DX)  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Aperture annotations rounded blades  
Total Elements 11  
Number of Groups 7  
Coatings / special elements 2x ED glass elements and 3x aspherical lens elements  
Minimum focus distance 0.30 m (11.81")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Close Range Correction Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight485 g (1.07 lb)  
Lens diameter 83 mm (3.25")  
Overall length 90 mm (3.54")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, plastic mount  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 77 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code HB-23  
Tripod collar included No


Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens - Main

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