The 10.5mm f/2.8G is part of Nikon’s DX lens range designed for APS-C sized sensors, meaning if you put it on a full-frame FX Nikon D-SLR you’ll need to crop the resolution to avoid black edges.
On Nikon DX D-SLRs, the crop factor puts this lens at around a 16mm full-frame equivalent, but it boasts a 180º angle of view making it much ‘wider’ than a normal wide-angle.The lens performed well on test with fast, accurate AF that very rarely suffered from hunting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology built in so if you’re thinking of getting it for your D3100/D5100 (which don’t have a motor in the body) you’ll be limited to manual focus.
The 10.5mm lens has a fast aperture of f/2.8 and features extra-low dispersion glass to minimise chromatic aberration and fringeing, which it does very effectively. It’s small but solidly built, with a very high quality feel and the focusing ring runs smoothly and doesn’t slip, which is great for those times when you won’t be relying on the autofocus.
While the lens doesn’t come supplied with a lens cap to protect the front element, it is packaged with a protective lens pouch.
- Street price: £549 (As of July 2016)
- Full Frame: No
- Focal length: 10.5mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Weight: 300g
- Visit: www.nikon.co.uk
This review was first published in the September 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.