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Nikon 12-24mm Lens Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 12-24mm Lens Review

“Proof is in the pictures, size, weight and performance.”

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Yes this lens is expensive! The good news is that the quality makes this a good value indeed. I do have some experience with other more cost effective lenses and
the differences make this lens the better buy.
This lens is sharp. Not only in the final processed or printed image but
also when focusing and composing the picture. In particular I noticed that when capturing architectural shots at night time, I was able to see the details of the subject clearly. Nice contrasty colors and sharp detail in the dark areas. Ok, you might be thinking is it worth the grand in comparison to the other wide angle zooms that cost less. I can tell you that I would not even consider the S brand 15-30mm after using it with a 20D. I found that it presented a somewhat diffused image in the viewfinder and the size was ….was obtrusive in my opinion. The nikkor 12-24 is built solid. The color rendition, as captured with a D200, is as close to as seen as any equipment I have used. Less lineal distortion than I have seen with other lenses of similiar range as well. All of this in a surprisingly compact design.
This is a DX nikkor and therefore a conversion factor of 1.5. changes the actual zoom ratio to an 18-36mm in comparison to a 35mm camera. Mine came with a velvet lens pouch, lense shade, front and rear caps plus a 5 year extended service warranty card.
Nikon service has been first rate as far as I am concerned with a site that is easy to navigate and informative.
Overall my experience with lens is excellent. Like a lot of people, I struggled with that thousand dollor plus purchase price . I mean that just doesn’t sound like a purchase that is gonna feel good for the price. Subsequently I looked at it up down and sideways trying to figure out a way to cover these focal lengths. Overall my criteria were performance, quality, price and re-sale value.
Even the day I got it I can’t say I felt great spending that kind of money. It’s more like a general feeling of satisfaction comes over you as you use it more and appreciate the size and build quality. Kinda like paying your registration every year, expensive but feels good knowing your good till next year. Besides what choice do you really have?
Now, in retrospect, it was a great buy because the resale value is high and the performance is what you expect from Nikon and the great amount of thought and expertise that went into it’s development.
Don’t forget that Nikon often builds extra features into products in anticipation of equipment being developed but not yet available for sale! That is a quote from Ken Rockwell who has been a big help in providing information to us all.
Good luck!

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Nikkor 12-14 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikkor 12-14 Review

“Breathtaking pictures, Breathtaking price.”

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As is always the case with Nikon lenses, with this lens, you get what you pay for. It is a masterwork of high end Nikon tech. Silent wave motor for superfast, supersilent autofocus. Lightweight, but strong construction. Super clean, bright glass. This lens is brilliant. Its expensive. It beats the crap out of the budget versions from Tokina and Sigma. Buy it. I bought it 6 months ago, and have no regrets.

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Nikon 12-24 DX Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 12-24 DX Review

“A real beauty.. Highlly recomendded”

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It was really difficult to decide if It was really worth the 1 grand tag price for this lens, since there are viable options at half the price.

Well, I couraged up, and made the order.. my only comment is WOW WOW WOW!!!!!

This is an incredible lens!! I own a 18-200VR, a 35mm f.2, and a 18-70 ( All are DX) on a D70 (a D300 on the way, ordered in adorama since amazon isn’t accepting more orders at the moment) , and this 12-24, quality wise, just blows out any of my previous lenses!! Color accuracy, saturation, clarity, sharpness and build construction are in the WOW category!!! real masterpiece

I’ve had the 12-24 for a month now, and it remais glued to my camera!!! The 18-200 has been sitting on a lowepro bag waiting for action, but, quite simply, the 12-24 is such such a piece, that it won’t be coming off the D70 for quite a while..

I have not had the chance to try the Tokina, sigma and tamron equivalents, so I can’t make a sustained comparison, however, I can tell you this: If you got the money and have ample use for an ultra wide, then go for the Nikon with eyes wide shut!! If not, then I’d go for the Tokina (Check out Ken Rockwell’s comparison on this lenses, very helpfull)

Is it worth it???? ABSOLUTELLY!!!

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Nikon 12-24 Wide Zoom Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 12-24 Wide Zoom Review

“Wide angle excellence!”

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Since the folks above have pretty much said it all, I’ll add that if you are serious about wide-angle photography, this is your lens. I support the assertion that this is a good replacement for the 20mm 2.0 manual lens (as I still use mine with my F3 sometimes).

I’ll offer that if you are averse to spending the money, the other options are there but I have been disappointed every time since my manual SLR days when I have been talked into buying another make of lens for the Nikon and will not ever do it again. The DX lenses are specifically designed to integrate with the Nikon bodies (yes, I know that others say that they integrate as well but they simply don’t).

If you can’t afford it right now, save up. You won’t be sorry.

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Nikon 12-24 Wide Angle Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 12-24 Wide Angle Review

“It’s that good…”

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I recently got this super-wide zoom and contrary to some critics, it is quite sharp. There is essentially no distortion from 14mm up. Compared to the best I could do with the Nikon 18-70, there is no comparison, there is no distortion at 18mm and it is should I say it again, “super sharp”. This lens is so wide, that you have to pay careful attention to what it includes in the image. It “sees” so much more than the human eye that you have to pan back and forth before framing in the viewfinder. It seems to bend light in the way that it transforms the relationship of objects that appear to be close together as they are simultaneously pulled closer but your vantage point is as if you had taken several steps back. I will need to spend some time getting used to the perspective.

It is hard to compose an image wider than 14mm that does not include something that I would crop out later (I have shot the same scene at 12 and 14 and usually prefer the 14), so I am not sure that I am missing anything compared to the wider Sigma.

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