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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 10-18mm f/4 G ED N?

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I will be updating this post as I get more info on this potentially new lens Nikon AF-S Nikkor 10-18mm f/4 G ED N. 

  • Origin: someone claimed that the picture was found in QQ groups (QQ is something like MSN messenger in China).
  • jeff-c could not confirm or deny this rumor on dpreview.

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  • Here is a comparison between the two lenses (10-18mm and 14-24mm), once scaled to the same size and the 14-24mm is placed on top of the 10-18mm (sent by a reader - thanks SM):

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  • Could it be fake? Here is a comparison with the 14-24 and the 12-24.

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  • I think this next picture is the money shot - it looks real to me, but again the question is: does it make sense for Nikon to produce this lens?

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  • I do know one thing: our polls have always been accurate:

 

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  • Ralf

    The lens element protruding the lens looks fake, I’d have said possible in Dx form but a real stretch in Fx. I find the 14-24 wide enough so no interest to me.

  • Jeff-C Fan

    You should give Jeff-C some explicit credit for here especially since that photo of the three lenses is his stated work and you lifted it from his post on DPreview.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Nope, I got it from the Chinese site and I gave credit to it. I did not know that jeff-c put it up first on dpreview. How do you know which post came out first? Timestamps?

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        actually I just did the calculation and the post on the Chinese site came 3 minutes before dpreview… of course given the server’s timestamps are correct

        • Jeff-C Fan

          gottcha. I was referring to the image where jeff-c pasted the Chinese photo together with two other lenses for comparison. But you’ve added jeff-c now, so all is good.

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

            no problem – I have no problem giving credit to the source of a rumor, the problem is that often the source is hard to identify, so to be fair I will add also a link to the post on dpreview

  • MB

    I’ve came across this rumor a couple of months ago from very reliable source.
    I was complaining about wide angle DX lenses offering from Nikon (12-24 was too expensive, and my only option was that unreliable Sigma 10-20 etc …) and I was told that I should wait because Nikon is preparing 10-something lens that will be more than competitive to Sigma (and Canon 10-22) at somewhat higher price than Sigma.
    Somehow I understood that it will be DX lens and that it will be10-24 (I am still using DX cameras, call me old-fashioned but I find them very useful), but I guess I was wrong.
    This one looks very real to me and it is definitely FX (look at a size of that thing front elements that are preventing using a front filters by the way), and at 10-18 FX it makes more sense (I will be able to use it on DX and FX format and it will be very nice complement to 14-24), so if the price will be as I have understood before I am definitely buying it. Ideal landscape lens …

  • CB

    if it’s real, but a fisheye zoom, not a rectilinear wide. That’s why the 10-12-14-16 zoom markings are evenly spaced (they wouldn’t be on a lens design similar to the 14-24, look at the pic)

    I’d still rather see a 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 for FX

    • huh

      likewise. but who said they are not coming? Yet I agree that a lens like this must have sucked a lot of R&D time and money which could have been put to better use on refreshing the prime lineup. only time will tell.

  • Pablov

    Despite this is real or fake, would be great if Nikon starts building a f/4 Pro line (cheaper than f/2.8), just like Canon.

    BTW: I still don’t clearly understand why the camera prices get higher in U.S. and some other countries (here, SouthAmerica they didn’t change)

    The japan recesion is strong, but it doesn’t explain directly the raise in prices by itself.
    I suppose it is related to currency exchange.
    Anyone got a clear table or graph wich shows Yen vs Dollar ?
    Here they didn’t change much to explain the raise you are seeing in U.S. or U.K.
    In the past 2 months they changed just a bit.

    • huh

      your first question can be answered if you research where gray market lenses come from and why they are cheaper.

      your second question is answered by looking at the plunge on the GBP and the soaring of the YEN and the weak dollar.

      • Pablov

        The dollar is not weak. In fact its value has increased since wall street bad weeks, months ago, because lot of investor sold their shares (thus reflecting in Dow Jones decrease, the shares’ value were/are (still) getting lower) to get cash as security action; they feel better having dollars than shares of companies that are financially unstable, etc. ..

        (BTW, about 1st thing, I never refered to gray market lenses nor their price)

    • Zoetmb

      Actually, Yen to Dollar currency exchange rates DO explain the increase in prices.

      In the 2007 fiscal year, Nikon pegged the dollar at 120.163 Yen. For 4th fiscal quarter 09, Nikon believes it will come in at 90 Yen, which is a 34% drop. Today, the official exchange rate is 91.955.

      It’s even worse against the Pound, which is now .704 to the dollar. In February of 2007, it was .513, which is a 37% drop. Pound to Yen is a 44% drop over the same period.

  • JH

    As much as I’d love a 10-18mm FX lens, this is definitely a manipulated 14-24mm. Cylindrical surfaces are tremendously difficult to fake in Photoshop, and irregularities in the shape of the lens hood reveal this photo’s falseness. In the first picture, the hood is not perfectly aligned on the left side below the gold ring; in the much-criticized third picture, look at the faceted appearance on the far-left portion of the hood, again below the gold ring. Clone stamp artifacts, perhaps? Also look at the section of the hood closest to the focusing ring in the third pic. It’s clearly not perfectly circular, bulging especially prominently on the far right side of the lens. I commend the Photoshop skills of whoever made this, but they weren’t infallible enough.

    • MB

      If you could really see this Nikon must offer you a job at the QC.

    • Mike

      “… and irregularities in the shape of the lens hood reveal this photo’s falseness. In the first picture, the hood is not perfectly aligned on the left side below the gold ring; in the much-criticized third picture, look at the faceted appearance on the far-left portion of the hood, again below the gold ring…”

      JH is right, this is clearly visible in the table-top photo.

      • MB

        I have checked images second time, and compared them with 14-24 images and I am not so convinced any more.
        This could be a fake.
        Good job spotting that right away.

  • Char

    Now, if this is a fake, its an extremely good one. Look at the markings in the distance scale. They are at the same position in both pictures, and they are different from the markings a 14-24 has. Now, this is a lot of effort to fake that. And – why wouldn’t they just use the 14-24 distance scale which is much easier to acquire (you can take it from a photo), especially seeing that noone here seems to have noticed it?

  • Gex

    Yeah, the first number past infinity reads “1.5″, on the 14-24 it says “1″ if I’m not mistaken. Could mean that it’s real, or the guy just pasted the scale from another lens…

    • Mike

      Right. Why should a 10-18mm f/4 show a longer distance first number than the 14-24 f2.8? This is not plausible at all.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sooperkuh/ sooperkuh

        Because of greater DOF with a shorter lens? Huh?

  • http://timothywinn.co.uk Tim

    I call fake – firstly, if you zoom in on the pictures they appear to show blurring effects around the 12 and the 10 – the rim of the lens disappears completely. Secondly, the 10 in both images looks different and perhaps most importantly, why would Nikon release a 10-18 FX lens when it already has an excellent 14-24 released but 17 months ago!? This would not be cheap so it can’t be economically viable, although it would be usable by both DX and FX owners!

  • Anonymous

    on the last image where the lens lay on the table, check the wood…you can see there’s a ‘line’ where the wood pattern is not connected. it’s quite common in 3D world…

    also check the gold wording…on the 14-24 it is beveled…on the 10-18 it’s just flat…

    so it’s 3D for me but a good 3D.

    • niko58

      That same line is common place in furniture with veneers and laminates where two sheets join together. The table in the photo is exactly how it looks in real life, so I am not sure whyit is that you think this indicates it is a fake. This is extremely common in cheaper furniture, kitchen countertops, and low-end flooring. The lens might be photoshopped or a fake, but the table in no way indicates this is the case.

  • Zenndott

    The bottom lens cap on the first image looks rather suspect. Notice how it flattens out a bit. From a lighting point of view, the highlights are also a bit.

  • schung

    A strange focal length for Nikon to bring out, esp. on FX. Reasons:

    1. No filter threads (but impossible with this focal length anyway), so some landscapers may be disappointed.
    2. 17-35 AF-S needs a redesign badly to work on FX. Focus on this first, please.
    3. 12-24 DX is in need of a redesign to make it wider for landscapers. This 10-18 would be great on DX but the lack of filter threads is a deal killer.

    Still, if it were a real lens, this together with the 14-24 would be the ultra-wide kings.

    Simon

    • hmmm

      -I think the 17-35 is history. Great lens if you got it.
      -if this is true, you may get an 18-70 or something. Use that with your filters.
      -cokin x-pro gives decent filters to the 14-24. it’s huge and crazy and you may get vignetting at 14mm. but hey, filter heads will be pleased.

      -forget polaizers. they don’t work well with wide angles.
      -for protection use your cap.

      • P3te

        Do you really think we are talking about polarizer? how stupid! but with an ND 400 you can start shooting serious seaside lanscape…

  • DMC

    China source. Fake, end of word.

  • http://micahmedia.com Micah

    I’m calling BS. There is pattern smudging/stretching below the zoom ring and at the outer edges of the integrated hood on the outside. And the end lens element would come close to protruding from the hood if it was so bulbous This would make it open to both damage and flare.

    Also the rings inside the hood are at an odd angle on the outside edges. I’ve never seen a lens hood with a pattern of rings in it that isn’t symmetrically circular (lacking grooved rings inside, yes, but asymmetric, no). Also the outer rings don’t line up with the inner. The photochopper is observant, but doesn’t know a heck of a lot about cameras.

    A lot of people want a lens like this. This is a gap in Nikon’s line. I think we won’t see a nice lens like this from Nikon, because it’s a deliberate decision from the marketing division. If you want wide, you drop the dough and go pro. Or buy 3rd party. They set the bar with a truly killer wide angle for FX. Now it’s time for primes and DX lenses that make them money on volume. Don’t expect a 70-200VR-II any time soon either. Not until after things recover.

    Will the chopper please come forward?

    • sure

      wow, you sure sound like the expert who knows exactly what’s coming yet doesn’t tell….Just FYI lenses take years to develop. whatever you see this year has been in the pipleline for a long time. If nikon planned a 70-200mm update for this year and it is all but completed, it truly doesn’t matter what people think at this point. The lens will simply be released. Likewise with this lens.

      You see you don’t just let millions of dollars in R&D sit there and collect dust. If anything releasing products makes you stay competitive for when a recovery comes, you don’t get caught with your pants down.

      then again, if you understood all that, you’d know the recent DX lens wasn’t something nikon thought you may like because they read comments on dpreview during the christmas break.

      • http://micahmedia.com Micah

        Wow. That was = epic fail at trolling.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosniper2000/ fotosniper

    i just want a nice wide DX prime. 12mm? 14mm 2.8? that would be awsome.
    something small i can put in a vest pocket and rear mount gel filter

  • jan

    If it es real it will most likely be a fisheye zoom. You decide if thats practical for landscape.

    I wouldve prefered a compact 17-40 /4,0 FX as a major competitor offers… But you cant have it all.

    Regards.

    • CatSplat

      All Nikon fisheyes say FISHEYE NIKKOR on them – a label missing on this lens.

      • RThomas

        Good point…. I think this is a maybe, I can’t tell if it’s fake or not.

  • Ernst

    It absolutely, positively cannot be a fisheye. Why? The diagonal FOV would exceed 180 degrees, and this built-in hood would vignette. Badly. Also, Nikon fisheyes say “Fisheye” on them.

    • http://flickr.com/photos/friedtoast/ Fried Toast

      “this built-in hood would vignette”

      I’m not a pixel-peeper so I can’t judge the Photoshoppedness, but the vignetting w/ the built-in hood is the first thing that popped into my mind.

      Seems fake, but have to say that I’m hoping for it to be real :D

  • http://canonrumors.com Canon Rumors

    Great Photoshop work!

  • opmn

    I call this real. It is part of the lens line for prosumers. The next lens to be published will be 18-70 F/4 and 70-200 F/4. I’ve been expecting this for a long time. Cheers~

    • Anonymous

      It’s a gold banded lens…that’s all pro.

      • rhlpetrus

        It’d be same level as 12-24 f/4, so it’s pro but not same build as f/2.8 series.

        So no proof yet this is fake. But IMO, if coming, an f/4 zoom line should start at midrange, 24-120, for example, more public for that one. Let’s wait and see.

    • http://canonrumors.com Canon Rumors

      No need for a 10mm DX lens to have a front element that bubbles that much.

    • Anonymous

      Have another beer….

  • Anonymous

    Guys…this is a joke. At 10-18, this thing is going to suck in light…there is no need to limit it to f4.

    • CatSplat

      Not entirely true – remember the last time Nikon did a range-topping ultrawide rectilinear lens, the 13mm? It was f/5.6 and had a front element so big it had its own postal code. Modern asph. designs have improved on this, but large apertures are still difficult to design into lenses pushing the boundaries of what’s optically possible.

  • Anonymous

    There will be an announcement today, maybe not from Nikon.

    • Tom

      U r right ! I see Fuji made an announcement today….wow, how did you know ? :-) Yes, yes, I’m a smart-arse.

  • Juergen

    *****Thanks to SM for the photo overlay!!*****

    …and already 2803 votes – wow!

  • http://www.jphotog.com Eric

    The real giveaway that it’s a fake is that an f/4 lens would not be that big.

  • Larry

    Thom Hogan gives some hint on this post:

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&message=31022121

    Quote:
    “Yes and no. DX would be equally served by a 24-105mm and 70-200mm f/4 lens. Thus, it’s really only at the wide end that DX suffers. I suspect that Nikon thinks the 14-24mm f/2.8 and an upcoming lens fixes your needs, especially since the 16-85mm DX is pretty good. ”

    From the context of the thread, Thom might be giving hint at an up-coming pro f/4 wide angle lens.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      “yes and no” – typical Thom :)

      • paul

        thom is getting less and less useful. it seems like these days he spends most of his time engaging trolls on dpreview and getting a little bit huffy and even rude. today he was disparaging someone’s photographic ability over there.

        • Larry

          You may not like the way he writes on dpreview, but there’s no doubt that his predictions on new nikon products are quite accurate.

  • Alex

    A circular fisheye lens wouldn’t have a petal hood.

  • Jason

    It looks real – if it’s a fake, someone is wasting their considerable talent! It only makes sense to me if it’s FX format – the 12-24mm/f4 is still current, and this would steal sales from a lens that’s still in production

    • Anonymous

      It’s fake. Will be DX

  • carens

    wow…

  • Anonymous

    Import the shots into PS and crank up the saturation 100%. And then see what a real product image looks like. And see what this fake looks like.

    • huh

      dude, all I see are jpeg artifacts. I even see those in my own images of lenses. nice try but not ciggar.

      • Anonymous

        Well, look closer. You should see that all real shots turn blue, but that the fake shot stays grey (meaning it’s completely colorless – something you don’t get when you do a color photograph), except in the areas that have been manipulated.

    • Faker

      Look at the table guys mid lower-right … seems the table has been joined or something

      • huh

        joined tables…. you know they are not made of solid pieces of wood right?

        that pattern is just painted or glued to the table. they come in all different colors and styles. go look at any cheap table and you’ll see this.

        • Anonymous

          the pattern mostly continuous. even the cheap one. It’s a 3D rendering. check out the blur area. the blur seems strange because in the real world the blur effect is gradual…while this one is the same…

          you can see also the gold wording is not beveled like others nikkor lens.

          • huh

            maybe. I’ve seen plenty of tables with broken patterns. that alone doesn’t prove that it is a fake.

            blur analisys cannot be made by just observing and judging what looks ‘right’. Every lens has a different defocus area patterns. Some blurs that look photoshoped are actually just defocus properties of the glass used.

  • Faker

    The wooden table that is…

  • Aleksey

    It is a computer model of the real lens, made by Nikon, probably, and then used to generate all the excitement at the right time and check the reaction of the potential market. We could see that lens soon, or it could be something that was never made into a real thing. It serves the purpose either way. It could be disinformation targeted at the competitors also.

  • Anonymous

    It actually looks like a Canon wide angle zoom with the red line removed and Nikon text added.

    • ko

      LOL!
      Which cannon smartass?

    • you’re right!

      off course!, it looks like a canon telephoto painted black AND then they added the golden line over the red line.

      well guys he figured out. canon was teasing us. they knew we would never see this lens at canon.com

      nothing to see here. move on move on.

    • Anonymous

      it’s people like you and comments like these which give newbies a bad name.

  • David

    it is a 14-24mm as en photoshopped ..if you blow it up 200% and print it out life sixe it is exactly the same dimensions as a 14-24mm. coincidence or photoshop ?

    What we need is a 8-16 F/4.0 DX and a 24 f/1-4 FX

  • Anonymous

    oh you guys are such idiots. okay look at 14-24mm, you notice the hood extends further beyond the golden ring for the zooming ability. okay, now look at this fake… no room for zooming ability and it’s not possible for the front glass to extend in or out.

    im surprised no one noticed it.

    £20 says it’s fake, period.

    • paul

      maybe that’s because the lens zooms out far enough that the front is right at the hood, or even beyond it. it would have to, if it’s really a 10mm rectilinear FX lens.

    • nope

      how can you make such silly statement since you can’t even see the front of the lens? In the 14-24mm, the front element is held by a retractable cylinder. The hod just wraps around this cylinder. The front element moves independantly and it could stick as far out as it needs. this is no different that any zoom lens with a hood ever made. why would you make such silly comment?

      http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/14-24mm/images/D3R_4636-cutaway-600.jpg

      • RThomas

        The Sigma 12-24 also works this way.

  • http://allthesky.com till

    I think it is real. But I am getting more and more upset with all those
    expensive slow zooms from the last years. I need a fast and sharp
    wide angle prime. I should change from Sigma to Zeiss or directly
    to Canon.

  • anon

    even if it’s real or not, i just love this site!! it keeps my hopes up that one day nikon will release some new or updated lenses.

  • Segura

    Most zooms I see are never as uniform in the zoom at different focal lengths. Look at the 10/12/14/16/18 markings and how evenly spaced it is and compare it to a zoom you have now.

    • sure

      it is hard to tell if they are evenly spaced or if the difference is not observable because of the cylindrical distortion.

      remember the 14-24 goes down by even numbers until it sticks the 15 in between the 14 and the 16.

      if this lens went 12 11 10, it may look as expected then. it is hard to judge from the given angles.

  • tor

    would you ever seriously expect a product shot to be on someone’s tacky wooden desk?

    • sure

      normally when you prepare a brouchure you select from hundreds of images. there is noting to suggest these will be actually used, even if they are real.

  • Jasontrb

    Fake. Just look at the horizontal pattern inside the hood. The 2 side patterns are angled.

  • http://www.prohibitedart.com d4n131m3j14

    I can’t be DX if it has an N on it right?

  • http://www.prohibitedart.com d4n131m3j14

    By te way this lens is so fake..

  • Nikonville

    Considering how many people purchase the Sigma 10-20 instead of the Nikon 12-24 due to that extra 2mm……then this would be a smart move by Nikon.

    I wish so much it was real…..

  • calvin

    this MUST be fake
    and all the photos are made from photoshop

    JUST LOOK AT THE LAST photo
    and you’ll see thousands of marking that shows it’s been ps-ed
    the wood pattern … the zoom ring … and even the zoom marking
    did Nikon ever mark their lens evenly ?
    (i mean 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, and 18mm !)

    • markings

      I think a missing 11 between the 12 and the 10 is hardly grounds to call it bogus.

  • mike

    FAKE

    look at the lens hood. if you take a close look at the ridges on the inner part they angle upwards where on the 14-24 they angle normally, circular.

    • PJS

      That would be needed for the increased angle of view.

  • Calvin

    It maybe real but what is the point to have 10-18 the zoom range is so limited. I will not carry this rock with me and not to mention that the extra ordinary effort to maintain the curve element. 17-35 will be a better combo. If that is the case, Nikon will not risk to release this lens.

    I am hoping Nikon will release an updated version of the dated 17-35.

    • keep hoping

      the difference between 10mm and 18 ismm quite noticeable at these ultra wide angles. So limited is not the word I would use to describe it. On the contrary, if you are doing ultra wide angle photography, this lens gets you huge flexibility.

      I don’t think you’ll see an update to the 17-35mm for a long time (if ever). Nikon strategy to the f2.8 line is 14-24-70-200. If this lens is real, you may get your wish, but in the f4 line. something like 10-18-?-200-400.

  • MB

    Alas, it is fake.
    It has absolutely the same shape as 14-24 with slightly distorted petal hood.
    I think that, for someone good with PS, it will require 2-3 days to make it, no point on doing this though unless we organize a contest on who could do it first.
    I would love something like this, but unfortunately this one is not going to happen.

    • D700

      If I had a dollar for everybody who said the D700 was a photoshop fake and would never happen/wasn’t possible, I could bail out GM by now.

      • shivas

        everyone hated on the D700 that much? I had no idea. . .well, I believe in the 10-18mm, and I’m going to hope that they’ll price it between the $900 12-24 f/4 and the now overpriced $1699 14-24mm. . . .

    • PJS

      The “distorted pedal hood” would fit with the increased FOV of a 10-20mm lens. It probably doesn’t really matter to me if it is real – I can’t afford it this year anyway!

  • http://Flickr.com/photos/newdimensionfilms John

    If it is real, and it is an FX lens (which the lack of DX marking would indicate), it will be the widest non-fisheye lens ever made for 35mm format. Previously this was the nikkor 13mm ƒ/5.6.

    Also, if it is real, none of you here will be able to

    1) Afford it
    2) get one, they will probably only make a small number

    • mio

      previously, it was the 12-24/4.5-5.6 Sigma

  • getanalogue

    from a marketing point of view:
    DX: tokina is stealing a lot of market share with both, 12-24 and 11-16 lenses. Nikon’s have to do something if they want to keep their clientele. 10-18 would be complementary to the poor quality 12-24 lens, and could replace it for some super-wide maniacs. FX: should be fish eye, but could be sensational if it would cover full frame, the rest could be done in Capture NX2 – no distortion – and could also be used for film!. Since there are rumours on a tiny FX model (D 50 or similar), it would mean that DX will become obsolete. Could be possible sooner or later.

  • http://www.pbase.com/waykuhl54 waykuhl

    I say fake. If Nikon was to design this lens it would be a lot faster that f/4, it would be at least a f/2.8. I like the wider angle but would only buy it if it was faster. Why spend high dollars on an f/4.

    • john

      I think it’s fake, look at the focal length markings, they are evenly spaced in a algebraic way rather than a logarithmic way, like real lenses.

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