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Not much mention of Nikon 12-24 f4.

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by scout1, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. scout1


    Mar 14, 2010
    I've noticed through searches that there is not a whole lot of mention of the Nikon 12-24 f4 lens. Alot of members talk of the Tokina in this range and the Nikon 14-24 f2.8. What's up with the Nikon 12-24?

    Reason I'm asking is that I'm giving serious thought of purchasing this lens to complement my Nikon 17-55 f2.8. Would this be a useful combination ? I want to stay with the Nikon brand and the 14-24 is a little steep.

    I shoot a D300 and have several 2.8 long glass lenses but nothing wider then the 17-55.

    Thanks, Jim
  2. DavidKvapil


    Dec 17, 2008
    Boise, ID
    The 12-24 is a great compliment to the 17-55. I sold my 17-55 when I bought my 12-24 and have regretted it ever since. The 12-24 is a great little lens, and fantastically sharp all the way from f/4. You would not regret it.
  3. scout1


    Mar 14, 2010
    Thanks for the information, that's what I'm hoping to hear about the 12-24. Also with regards to teaming it up with 17-55.
  4. I'm happy with my Nikon 12-24 f/4, even though I don't use it as well as its previous owner :) 

    I can't compare it against other wide angle lenses, since I don't own those. There are times it would be nice to be wider. There are also a lot of times that having 24mm means that I can cover a wide variety of subjects without carrying a second lens with me.

    There were a lot of great threads on the Nikkor 12-24 on the site. It might be useful to use advanced search, and search for older threads rather than newer threads. The 12-24 has been out for many years. One is at:

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  5. scout1


    Mar 14, 2010
    Ah,dah. I hadn't thought of using advanced search. I haven't pulled the trigger on it but I'm close. Still doing the research and justifying the expense.
  6. Ryan Karr

    Ryan Karr

    Feb 25, 2011
    Calgary AB
    Take a serious look at the 10-24mm as well. The difference between 10 & 12mm on DX is huge. 10-24 is a little faster on the wide end where it will be used the most, similar performance and its cheaper as well. When I shot DX I had 10-24mm, 17-55mm 2.8, and a Tokina 50-135mm 2.8. That was a perfect kit.
  7. Lumagent Morple

    Lumagent Morple

    Feb 14, 2009
    Don't forget to check out the Tokina. I owned both, and thought they had very similar image quality (as in, I couldn't tell a difference between the two). The build quality of the Tokina is slightly better in my opinion, and I think it's even cheaper than the Nikon.
  8. I looked at the 12-24 and bought the 10-24. As previously stated, that 2mm at the wide end makes a big difference om DX. I've had the 10-24 since it first came out and couldn't be happier. While I've heard good things about the Tokina 11-16, the 1/2 stop faster at the wide end (where I most often use the lens), doesn't matter to me and the wider zoom range is very useful. I tend to use most UWA at f8 to bring out the extreme DOF anyway.
  9. The reason why you hear more about the Tokina 12-24 f4 is because it has become a very popular lens at a very reasonable price.
    Indeed, the Tokina 12-24 f4 is a very good optic but in my experience it is not better than its Nikon counterpart and I am not talking about anything scientific here, my statement is based on what I have seen from using both lenses.
    You cannot go wrong using either one.

    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
  10. Cryptic


    Jan 22, 2009
    Vienna, VA
    Psst- look into the Sigma 8-16mm, as well!
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  12. ebsund


    Oct 27, 2008
    The nikon 12-24mm deserves some more credit IMHO, so I added some pictures to the above thread.

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  13. scout1


    Mar 14, 2010
    That thread is simply amazing, thanks. And since I'm a bit of smart*** myself I can appreciate the your comments.
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