As a new convert to wide angle lenses, I was very interested to hear about Nikon’s latest wide angle lens, a direct challenge to my recently bought (though potentially still returnable) Tokina 11-20 f/2.8. How do the two lenses compare?
|Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR||Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8|
|Smaller and lighter – 77mm x 73mm, 230g
Filter thread – 72mm
Aperture – variable f/4.5-5.6
Focal length – 10mm
Price – ~£320 (estimate)
|Larger and heavier – 92mm x 89mm, 560g
Filter thread – 82mm
Aperture – constant f/2.8
Focal length – 11mm
Price – £446-534 on average
How do the lenses compare at first glance?
The new Nikkor is promising for a number of reasons. First, the lens is tiny for a wide-angle, which would suit my desire to pack light. Second, the lens goes to 10mm at its widest, rather than 11mm (this is a noticeable difference. While 56mm -> 55mm is hardly noticeable, mm differences at the wide end are clearly visible). Third is the VR, allowing slower shutter speeds while still getting sharp images. Fourth, the lens is significantly cheaper (even if prices now suffer when converted from $ to £). Finally, the AF-P tag bodes well – I have been truly impressed with the new AF-P 18-55mm kit lens. While the aperture is inferior (variable f/4.5-5.6 rather than constant f/2.8), I have tended to use my wide angle for landscapes rather than night photography (although the one night shot I do have on my website wouldn’t have been possible with this Nikkor), mitigating this to some extent.
I’ll almost certainly order this lens to test it – a detailed comparison will be posted here!