Nikon 10-20mm AF-P DX lens

Nikon 10-20mm AF-P DX zoom lens

Nikon have announced the release of their 10-20mm F3.5-5.6 DX lens (In full frame terms your looking at 15-30mm). While this fills the need for a DX wide angle in the Nikon range, it is perhaps not quite what people would have liked. The perception being that a wide aperture, wide angle prime would have been better.

On the plus side the new lens is fairly small and light (230g) according to the specs. It is also (arguably) a reasonable price.

On the minus side because it’s AF-P you need a relatively new body for it. This restricts it to DX bodies AFTER 2013, with a possible firmware upgrade fo some. Notice a problem here? You can basically rule out anything below the D3300, D5300 and the D7100. If you have one of these ‘older’ bodies stop reading now and look at third party manufacturers 🙂

As with a lot of the ‘consumer’ DX lenses the F5.6 aperture at 20mm might be restrictive. Although the 18-55, 55-200, 55-300mm and a few others have a similar aperture at the long end of their range. To get a wider aperture you will have to compromise on more weight, bulk and expense.

I actually got rid of a Sigma 10-20mm I had because I couldn’t get on with it. The ultra wide angle view didn’t seem something I could connect with. I still have mixed feelings about the lower end of this range. To me it doesn’t seem ‘right’. 16mm on DX is probably as low as i’d go (24mm on full frame), but that’s me. When I shot with 35mm film all those years ago I never felt I was missing out with a 28mm lens. Is more choice just confusing?

If your a DX shooter without a wide angle lens in your collection a 10-20mm could be of interest. If your more like me and don’t want to go quite as wide then I think we’ll have to wait a bit longer for a 16mm prime.


Just don’t hold your breath 🙂

(Nikon DX cameras have a crop factor of 1.5x).