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Nikkor wide-angle zoom lenses
 
 

Zoom lenses with a focal range below 50mm are known as wide-angle zooms. Like wide angle prime lenses with fixed focal lengths, these capture bigger views than normal lenses, which is useful whether you’re trying to photograph a large building from inside or out, a sweeping landscape view, or even just a big group shot. They’re invaluable when you can’t step back any further.

By squeezing more into your photos, wide angle zooms inevitably have greater distortion, especially towards the edges. This may not be noticeable on natural landscapes, but can appear unflattering on portrait shots unless the person (or people) are placed in the middle of the frame. That said, this effect can also produce pleasing results and be used to exaggerate perspective – a popular wide angle technique is to get very close to a foreground subject so it appears large compared to the background. Wide angle zooms also have large depths of field, which means it’s easier to get lots in sharp focus from close-up to far away.

 
 

28mm is the most common wide angle focal length and can produce quite natural-looking results. Focal lengths above this approach a more standard view, while shorter focal lengths produce wider results. A wide-angle zoom will generally cover a variety of focal lengths from modest wide to ultra wide, giving you greater flexibility than a fixed focal length prime lens – a typical range could be 14-24mm.

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. All of Nikon's DSLRs (apart from full-frame FX models like the D3) have a reduction factor of 1.5x, which effectively multiply lens focal lengths by 1.5 times. So if you’d like coverage equivalent to 18-36mm, you’ll need to fit them with an 12-24mm lens.

Lenses with smaller f-numbers gather more light thanks to their bigger apertures, which makes them better in dim conditions and for minimising the depth-of-field. Bigger apertures however mean a larger, heavier and more expensive lens.

Note Nikon DSLRs without built-in focusing motors, like the D40, D40x and D60, will only auto-focus with AF-S Nikkor lenses. If you use an AF Nikkor lens on these bodies, they will be manual focus only.

Also note: Nikkor's DX lenses are not compatible with its full-frame (FX) DSLRs like the D3. For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.

 


 
Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
     
Focal length: 10-24mm
Aperture: f3.5-4.5
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 15-36mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 24cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Construction: 14 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 460g
Size (diam x length): 83x87mm



   
Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
     
Focal length: 12-24mm
Aperture: f4
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 18-36mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 30cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Construction: 11 el. / 7 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 465 g
Size (diam x length): 83x90mm


   
Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

     
Focal length: 14-24mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 21-36mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: N/A
Lens hood: Built-in
Construction: 14 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 970g
Size (diam x length): 98x132mm



   
  Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

     
Focal length: 16-35mm
Aperture: f4
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 24-53mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Construction: 17 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight:680g
Size (diam x length): 83x125mm


   
Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED

     
Focal length: 17-35mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 26-53mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Construction: 13 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 745g
Size (diam x length): 83x106mm


   
Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED

     
Focal length: 17-55mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 25-82mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 36cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-31
Construction: 14 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight:755g
Size (diam x length): 86x111mm


   
Nikkor AF 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED

     
Focal length: 18-35mm
Aperture: f3.5-4.5
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-52mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
  Closest focus: 33cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Construction: 11 el. / 8 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 370g
Size (diam x length): 83x83mm


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