Nikon lens review: Nikon AF DX 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

    By | Lenses | Reviews | 08/12/2012 06:00am

    In our latest Nikon lens review, we test the Nikon AF DX 10.5mm f/2.8G ED fisheye lens.

    Nikon lens review: Nikon AF DX 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

    Despite being designed for DX camera bodies, the Nikon 10.5mm lacks AF-S autofocus, so you have to focus manually on cameras like the D3100, D3200 and D5100.

    As with other Nikon-fit and Nikon fisheye lenses, which can’t autofocus on any body, this isn’t too much of a problem in practical use.

    On Nikon DSLRs like the Nikon D7000 and Nikon D300s, which feature a screw-drive, autofocus is pretty quick and very accurate but a bit noisy.

    The lens is very compact and lightweight, and you have to be careful not to foul the focus ring with your fingers, at least on cameras that offer autofocus.

    Similar care is needed not to get your fingers too close to the front of the lens barrel, or they can creep into the image.

    It’s a reminder of how small fisheye lenses are compared with rectilinear ultra-wide lenses of similar focal lengths.

    There’s plenty of sharpness and contrast, and the Nikon 10mm manages to resolve fine detail convincingly, even towards the extreme corners of the frame.

    It does a good job of fending off ghosting and flare as well, but colour fringing can be apparent towards the edges of pictures.

    Price: £550, $700

    Nikon lens review: the verdict

    Features: 4/5
    Build quality: 4/5
    Image quality: 5/5
    Value for money: 4/5

    We say…  It’s well made and well worth the money, even if it won’t autofocus on all bodies

    Posted on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 6:00 am under Lenses, Reviews. You can subscribe to comments.

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