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

Announced Feb 18, 2003 •
Wideangle zoom lens | Nikon F (DX)

Very nice range of focal length. Dramatic perspectives. Flare not too bad. Distortion pretty damned poor. Was expecting a little bending - given it's being a plastic cheapo - but it's much worse. Architecture, rectilinear objects, seascapes, anything showing the horizon - all out to an embarassing degree.. Photoshop's "Undo the Lens Distortion" tricks can't properly sort it. Straight lines are not merely bent but wavy. Made a foolish mistake in popping-on the polariser on top of the UV filter ...

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What's to be said, other than this lens deserves to have a body all its own, so it will always be available. It is sharp, distortion is well controlled (and such as there is, easily fixed in post). I'd love if it were a stop faster, but I'd love winning the lottery, too. A truly great lens. It has been around awhile, but that's because there's been no need to improve it. It's expensive, but it's worth it.

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