Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Here's our concise review of the wide-angle Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR zoom lens...

Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

If you’re one of the many people who uses their APS-C Nikon for landscapes, it’s time to rejoice – this may be the perfect lens for you, offering a comprehensive zoom range of 10-20mm (15-30mm 35mm equivalent), ultra-wide to wide-angle in a relatively tiny body...

Its maximum aperture of f/3.5 is enough to allow shooting in dimmer conditions, while its f/29 minimum aperture will let you take your Big Stopper ND filter and shoot long exposures on even the brightest days.

Featuring a tough plastic body and rubber grip zoom and focus rings, it houses 14 elements in 11 groups, including 3 aspherical elements to keep distortions to a minimum. It also packs a whopping 109º diagonal field-of-view at 10mm, which gives you a phenomenal scope when you’re shooting epic scenery. It also includes Nikon’s VR (Vibration Reduction), which is effective up to 3.5 stops, allowing you to go hand-held, even in low-light scenarios – this is a welcome inclusion.

With a minimum focusing distance of 22cm, you can also get close to your subjects to create a unique look, perfect for unleashing your creativity. Image quality is superb, with central sharpness being impressive at the maximum apertures, though excelling at f/5.6-f/11, with the corners displaying a little softness at wider apertures, but quickly catching up by f/5.6, offering you a great level of optical quality throughout. Once you pass f/16, diffraction does start to lower the overall sharpness, as is the case in most lenses, and the wider 10mm has a slight advantage over 20mm, though it’s still extremely usable.

A certain amount of barrel-distortion is also visible at 10mm, though this is to be expected and it’s still very respectable, and simple to fix in post-processing. At 20mm the distortion is virtually gone, we wouldn’t let this put us off purchasing this lens. At 230g, it’s a great choice for anybody looking for a wide-angle lens. Sharpness is impressive, especially considering its compact form factor, and the chromatic aberration is virtually non-existent.

This kind of lens will fly off the shelves.

Pros  

  • Extremely lightweight and compact 
  • Impressive sharpness
  • Great value for money
  • Image stabilisation

Cons  

  • Variable aperture
  • Slight barrel-distortion at 10mm 

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