10-24 or 12-24 for a D300?

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10-24 or 12-24 for a D300?
May 1, 2012

I've owned my D300 and lenses for nearly 3-years and I'm quite happy with them but over the next year I intend to improve on the lenses (and stick with the D300 which meets my needs and I don't intend to change it - maybe in the future). I currently have the 18-105 (just okay but not great) and the 70-300 (quite good up to about 200 but a bit 'soft' beyond that).

I have quite diverse needs from landscape to sports photography (mainly historic / classic car racing in the Uk & Europe). I intend to gradually replace these lenses with probably the 24-70 and 70-200 plus a wide-angle lens and that's where my question arises:

In the UK the 10-24 is about £140 cheaper than the 12-24 so why, what's the key difference? The 10-24 would appear to provide a 'wider' option especially considering the D300 crop factor so being simplistic that would be 'better'. The only obvious difference (to me) is that the 12-24 has f/4 whereas the 10-24 is f/3.5 - 4.5. Is that why it's cheaper.

What am I missing? Thanks in advance.

Gary

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Nikon D300 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D800 Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED +10 more
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