AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR vs AF Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX – which one to get?

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?

Comparison table

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

VR

Price – ~£320 (estimate)

Larger and heavier – 92mm x 89mm, 560g

Filter thread – 82mm

Aperture – constant f/2.8

Focal length – 11mm

Non-VR

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.

Detailed review

I’ll almost certainly order this lens to test it – a detailed comparison will be posted here!

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5 thoughts on “AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR vs AF Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX – which one to get?

  1. Hi there! Thanks for the intro to the new Nikkor 10-20 lens. The comparison you started making is one that is currently of great interest to me as I am at this moment trying to decide between the two lenses you mentioned as well as the Tokina 11-16 and Sihma 10-20 – I have recently purchased the D3400 with 18-55mm kit lens and am looking to expand its capabilities in the landscape realm. Though there are detailed review and benchmarks for the latter few lens there is still relatively little written about the Nikkor lens. Were you able to make any further progress with your comparison and if so would you be able to share any insights as to your conclusions? The low price and light weight of the Nikkor is certainly very attrictive, I was just concerned about its overall performance and value compared to the others mentioned. Many thanks in advance.

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      • Ah yes, thanks for the reply, I see the follow up post now – conclusive.

        Could I just clarify though, the sample images you included in that review, it’s difficult to be certain not seeing the RAW images but it seems that the upper shot each case is the sharper of the two – I take it that the upper images were captured with the Tokina…?

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