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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
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FeaturesSpecificationsNikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens Reviews
 
The DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G lens - designed to operate exclusively with Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras and their DX Format sensors - was developed as the first lens in a new F-Mount autofocus DX-Nikkor interchangeable lens category. The DX 12-24mm f/4G lens is designed to address the need for wider angle-of-view, high- performance optics for digital SLR photography and is optimized for DX Format sensors used in Nikon digital SLR cameras.

  • Designed for Nikon D-Series digital SLR
  • Design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors
  • 2x Zoom ratio and variable angle-of-view from 99 degrees at 12mm to 61 degrees at 24mm. Comparable to that of an 18-36mm lens on 35mm size sensor format
  • Nikon design that produces a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, and optimal image quality from center-to-edge-to-corner on the image
  • Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • 2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration
  • 3 Aspherical lens element for low distortion
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no time lag even during AF servo operation
  • Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
  • Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models
  • 11.8 close focusing distance throughout zoom range

    Atypical of lenses with similar focal lengths, the DX 12-24mm f/4G lens is very compact and lightweight, offering a 2X Zoom ratio with an unprecedented angle-of-view from 61o at 24mm to 99 o at 12mm. This range of angle-of-view is comparable to that of an 18-36mm lens on the 35mm format. The lens also incorporates many of Nikon's advanced technologies including Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SI-C), Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM), Extra Low Dispersion Optical Glass (ED) and a G-Type design.

    Nikon digital SLR photographers have enthusiastically enjoyed the inherent benefits of the DX Format sensor size used in Nikon D-Series SLR cameras. Each original 35mm lens achieves a 1.5x factor for angle-of-view when used with Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras, enabling smaller and lighter lenses to emulate the angle of view of normally larger, heavier and more costly optics. With the introduction of the new DX 12-24mm f/4G lens, photographers can now enjoy the benefits of Nikon's DX Format Sensor size on the wide-angle end of the lens spectrum. Revolutionary in terms of its compact size, weight, zoom ratio, optical performance and angle-of-view out to an exceptional 99-degrees.

    Nikon designers determined that by reducing the diameter of the lens' image circle (the image that it projects on the DX Format sensor), a lens of practical size and excellent performance could be developed. Using the reduced-size image circle as the starting point, the lens also incorporates Nikon's high-performance Super Integrated Coating (SI-C) for superior color reproduction and minimized ghost and flare, and features the newly developed compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, making autofocus fast and virtually silent.

    The DX 12-24mm f/4G lens incorporates other exclusive Nikon technologies that ensure excellent overall performance. Its Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass controls chromatic aberrations, aspheric optics enable a more compact optical design, internal focusing maintains superior handling and a G-type design offers aperture control exclusively from Nikon digital SLR camera bodies.

    While the DX Nikkor lens features Nikon's F-Mount, its optical design is specifically for use with Nikon's DX Format sensor and therefore is not designed for use with cameras that use either a larger digital sensor or 35mm film. Optimizing the lens for Nikon's DX Format sensor makes the lens smaller in diameter, lighter in weight, with exceptional center-to-edge-to-corner image quality and performance.

    D-Series Upgrades and the DX-Nikkor lenses

    The DX-Nikkor lens category compliments other recent developments of Nikon firmware upgrades and service enhancements including firmware upgrades for the D1X, D1H and D100 digital SLR models, memory buffer upgrade for the D1X and Capture 3.5 software upgrades that will benefit all Nikon digital SLR models and in particular the Nikon D1X NEF files.

    Nikon's D1X professional digital SLR, with its new combination of upgrades and DX Nikkor compatibility, offers a significant alternative to recently announced larger CMOS sensor digital SLR models. Recent firmware upgrade (Version 1.1), available to D1X owners at no charge and Capture 3.5 Upgrader, available to owners of Capture 3.0, together offer the following three advances:
    - Faster Write Speed: Access to Write Acceleration Technology offered in Lexar's new WA CompactFlash cards, increasing write-to-card speed by approximately 30%
    - Higher Buffer Capacity: Memory buffer enhancement increases the D1X buffer capacity to 21 JPEG/TIF and 14 NEF files.
    - Higher Image Quality: Using Capture 3.5, current and prospective D1x owners can interpolate all D1x NEF files to an equivalent of 10 Megapixels

    Adding the DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G lens to the D1X system will offer a new, advanced level of performance. Nikon cameras that benefit from the recent upgrades and the introduction of the DX Nikkor lens include the D1x, D1H, D100 and D1 digital SLR cameras. These models will continue to accept all autofocus Nikkor and many manual focusing Nikkor optics as well.

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  • Focal Length: 12-24mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4
  • Picture Angle (Nikon Digital SLR): 99-61 degrees
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 7 groups
  • Lens Drive: Silent Wave Motor
  • Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Lens: 2 Elements
  • Aspherical Lens: 3 Elements
  • Focusing: Internal Focusing (IF) Type
  • Minumum Shooting Distance: 11.8 in
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1/8.3
  • Macro: NA
  • Minimum F Stop: 22
  • Aperture Blades: 7 blades (rounded)
  • Aperture Ring: NA
  • Lens Hood: HB-23 (Supplied)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Case: Soft case CL-S2 (Optional)
  • Dimensions (Diameter x Length: Approx. 3.2 in x 3.5 in
  • Weight: 1.07 lbs
  • Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens Reviews


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    Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
     
    4.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Special effects (4)
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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Lens

      By DaDubs

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Easy To Clean
      • Lightweight
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Special Effects

        Comments about Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

        We love the wide angle lens. It's fun to create photos with a different view to them. It's great to get your main object up close and let the background "bend around". The lens captures great images. Couldn't say enough...and it came so quickly after our order.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Lens

        By The Photo Guy

        from Santa Clara

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

        • Some distortion

        Best Uses

        • Landscapes
        • Portraits
        • Special Effects
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

        Great Lens! I shoot professionally and this lens generates fantastic photos. A little pricey, but well worth it. A good compliment for an mid range zoom lens.

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        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Ho-Hum

        By Mac

        from Colorado Springs, Colorado

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Clean
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

        • Special Effects
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

        Just returned from Jordan taking pictures for two months. The Nikon 70-200 was terrific but the 12-24 had extreme distortion and very soft focus as you worked around the 12-17mm range. It is over priced and poor quality optics wide open and wide angle. There are better lens for less money.

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        (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        great lense, just not for the price

        By Kulbacki

        from Layton, Ut

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Special Effects
          • Weddings

          Comments about Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

          You have to be very careful to shoot level or you get alot of distortion on the edges. I would have gone with a cheaper brand for a few reasons. The price is too high for such a limited lense, and It is f/4 great but it's only
          12-24 focal length. But It does work great for landscapes, buildings and fireworks.

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          (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for wide angle interior shots.

          By Richard H, Forensic Photographer

          from Orange, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Int decorators delight

          Cons

          • Limited usage

          Best Uses

          • Professional Work

          Comments about Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

          With the wide angle start of 99 degrees, you have a fantastic lense for shooting interiors of rooms. (12mm film=18mm digital; 24mm film=36mm digital) Limited applications. Great for decorators, realtors, party shots, anytime that you can't get enough distance to stage a shot. At $[...] category, you must have enough use for it to justify the purchase.

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