Nikon announces the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens

Nikon officially announced the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens:

  • Support for the 10-20mm*1 range of focal lengths, which allows users to enjoy full-scale ultra-wide-angle photography
  • A compact and lightweight lens that can easily be taken anywhere
  • Adoption of three aspherical lens elements with the latest optical design achieves superior rendering performance
  • A vibration reduction (VR) function that effectively reduces image blur caused by camera shake to a degree equivalent to a 3.5-stop increase in shutter speed (testing based on CIPA standards)*2
  • Adoption of a stepping motor (STM) enables even quieter AF drive operation, making it also ideal for movie recording
  • A focus ring that rotates smoothly for good operational feel with manual focusing
  • A maximum reproduction ratio of 0.17x and a minimum focus distance of 0.22 m (0.8 ft) enable extremely close-up shooting for bold and magnificent expression of the intended subject
  • Angle of view equivalent to that of a 15-30mm lens in 35mm [135] format.
  • At the maximum telephoto position when a digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used.
  • Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
  • Sample photos (more here)

The Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late June for a suggested retail price of $309.95.

Pre-order links can be found here.

Press release:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR can easily be taken anywhere and allows users to readily enjoy full-scale ultra-wide-angle photography when used with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras. Adoption of three aspherical lens elements with the latest optical design has achieved a lens that offers the superior optical performance that makes excellent image quality possible, all in a compact and lightweight package. Furthermore, features including an effective vibration reduction (VR) function, quiet AF drive, smooth manual focusing, and superior close-up performance support users by enabling agile shooting with DX-format cameras.

The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR responds to the passion of photographers who are intent on expressing the magnificence of a landscape with wide angles or wish to capture photos from unique angles with the ultimate in image quality and agility.

More info available on Nikon USA website.

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  • Spy Black

    I guess prices will come later today?

    • Richard Hart

      f4.5-5.6 says it will be as good and perhaps as pricey as a kit lens.

    • Matias Bravo

      DPR says US$310

  • Eric Parker

    So, since I am a real estate photographer that uses the Nikon 10-24 now ( a $899 lens ) am I correct in assuming I should just stick with my current lens? I dont need VR and I don’t need the lens to be lighter. All I would want is better overall / corner sharpness.

    • Eric Calabros

      If Nikon is bragging about sharp corners in their website, you can bet its overally better than your current lens.

    • Merv S

      If you use an older d-SLR, it may not support the AF-P autofocus feature of this lens, so you may have to use your 10-24 anyways.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    The MTFs look good, they’ve gotten rid of the 10-24’s corner astigmatism and looks sharper throughout. It also looks like having a slight edge at the wider end over Canon’s 10-18, especially at the corners, while being much better at the tele end. Nikon USA says it’s gonna be $309.95, which is $10 more than Canon’s 10-18 when it was released, but given that it is both longer and effectively wider (Nikon’s 1.5x vs. Canon’s 1.6x crop factors make them 15mm vs. 16mm equivalents), will probably have the same active parfocal trick as the other AF-Ps and looks set to be sharper, it’s well worth it the additional $10 ;p , even though it lacks an E aperture drive. It only took Nikon 3 years to react. Canon’s crop sensor 24mm f2.8 came out 4 months after the 10-18, so maybe Nikon will introduce one later this September?

    And, no, it’s not just a 18-55 with a wide angle front attachment!

    • Eric Calabros
      • CaMeRa QuEsT

        And ridiculously light, it weights only 1/2 the 10-24’s!

        • Eric Calabros

          I wonder how much it could be smaller and lighter if they wouldn’t put a VR mechanism in there

          • CaMeRa QuEsT

            Well, the non-VR versions of the other two AF-P lenses are exactly the same size as their VR siblings. Actually, I was expecting Nikon to also bring a non-VR version of this lens, you know, to be consistent.

            • Eric Calabros

              Can’t judge based on a low res compressed sample image, but the one they chose to show the VR capability is taken with 1 second exposure!

          • Captain Megaton

            The VR mechanism takes up a trivial volume and costs next to nothing to make. The expense is all R&D.

            • PhilK

              Actually I think it’s more than likely that they simply chose to use the same basic chassis and just remove or disable a few VR components on the non-VR versions of those other lenses.

              Sometimes it’s cheaper, quicker and more profitable to just slightly strip down or even just feature-disable a fancier product and sell it for less, than it is to engineer and produce a completely separate platform for a ‘cheaper’ variant of something.

          • Thom Hogan

            It would have only been smaller back nearer the lens mount. Weight I can’t guess.

    • CaMeRa QuEsT

      I should add that the MTFs do also look better than the new Tamron 10-24 VC and the latest Tokinas, all of which suffer from varying levels of corner astigmatism, though the Tokina 11-20 might still be sharper, especially stopped down, but then there’s CR and flaring galore on it, something we will need to wait for the reviews to see if the 10-20 is also afflicted with, though I doubt it will as the 10-24 wasn’t prone to those problems to begin with.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    The samples look gorgeous! Sharp, contrasty and, look ma, no corner astigmatism! Can’t wait to read the reviews and to pixel-peep full size samples taken with a 24Mp body! I might not even wait for its price to drop to get me one!

  • Bob Thane

    $310! Fantastic price point, only $10 more than the Canon at MSRP.

    Should be a winner for Nikon.

  • Mehdi R

    Any 10-20mm f2.8 DX on the horizon?
    Need it to replace Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 PRO DX…

    • YS

      What’s wrong with the Tokina?

      • Simon Chen

        10mm gives about 20% more image area than 11mm on Nikon APS-C and the Tokina is quite soft in the corners.

      • Mehdi R

        Mainly focusing problems. Back-focusing and slow focusing, sharpness is great. I’ll test it on D7500 as soon as possible..

      • trenzterra

        I have had qc issues with the 11-20. First three lens had varying issues on the left 1/3 (seemed decentered) that led to blurry images from f2.8 to f5.6. Only on my 4th copy did I get something that worked well. Still, there’s this annoying CA issue.

  • %(numUsers)

    Yup, just as I suspected – a dark but wide kit lens.

  • Stephen Gatley

    It cant cost them all of $5 to add a metal mount they are not learning!

    • jojo

      But then it wouldn’t shadow the Canon version quite so well!

    • Piooof

      Glueing a metal mount on a plastic lens is useless. Screwing one in a metallic barrel adds significant weight overall. If you want tempest-proof gear, there are pro lenses. But for the price of the 10-24 you could buy nearly three 10-20… so it depends on your statistics of lens destruction.

    • paige4o4

      For $300 I can’t complain.

    • Thom Hogan

      I’ll bite. What is it that Nikon is not learning?

      • Stephen Gatley

        I have professional portrait glass, but i would love a hint of Nikon giving a crap when it comes to low budget quality!


    • PhilK

      While I like the beefier stuff myself, there are cost considerations and on a very light lens like this I think a metal mount/overall construction is a little less important than on a large/heavy lens that gets changed a lot. (eg, professional use)

    • Stephen Gatley

      My frustration stems from a good camera manufacturer throwing away a great opportunity, to one up the competition not just achieve parity!.

      • Millsy

        I agree that it is annoying – but not a game breaker for me. The benefits of having a super light super sharp lens will hopefully outweigh the risk of breaking a mount.

  • dbltax

    $310?!?! Holy heck, I was expecting double that.

    • Thom Hogan

      I was expecting US$400, so yes, the price is surprisingly low.

  • Isaac Fulford

    Nice cheap Ultrawide. Too bad D7200 users won’t be able to turn off the VR. If they can’t it would kill this lens for me.

    • Millsy

      So you are saying that the VR will be on by default with D7200 – is that correct? If so, I’m not sure it’s a problem.

  • Ben Cushwa

    So, in exchange for 4mm at the tele end and the metal flange, we get smaller, lighter, and VR? All with a great price? DX shooters (at least ones with newer bodies) are going to love this.

    I seriously hope Nikon releases a firmware update for the D7200 that allows it to take full advantage of these newer AF-P lenses with no VR switch.

    • Millsy

      Does any one have any insight into whether a D7200 update will be available when the lens comes out?

      • Ben Cushwa

        They didn’t release firmware update with their first AF-P lenses that lacked VR switches, so who knows if they will now. I think these lenses are geared more towards the lower-level cameras, but I’m still hopeful that the 7200 will get an update.

  • Chewbacca

    Can someone explain why this won’t work on an older body?
    I keep seeing folks mention this.

    • Chewbacca

      Ahhh. its the stepping motor. Got it.

  • Tadao_Isogai

    To me, Daniel Dohlus’s sample images are excellent. I’ve not heard of him before but just looked at his web site. Glad to see Nikon uping its game on at-release image portfolios.

    • Millsy

      Is that some fairly odd distortion in the interior photo, or are the doorways/openings just a bit wonky?
      (Appears to have pin-cushion on inside of image tending towards barrel towards the edges?) – if so slightly annoying!
      Still dreaming of a rectilinear 10 mm Dx prime.

  • JXVo

    Filter diameter?

    • CaMeRa QuEsT


  • James Jackson

    Dang. Just bought the tamron 10-24 vc a few months ago.

  • HD10

    Maybe this lens is one reason why Nikon thinks it can cancel the DL18-50mm.
    It’s small and.light and inexpensive. Matched with a compact and light D3xxx, those wanting the DL 18-50mm could have a camera-lens combo that while bigger is also so much better

    • Allan

      Nikon still needs to sell to customers who value smaller size over better image quality.

      Sometimes I just want to quickly put a camera into my (big) pants pocket.

      • HD10

        I concur. The size difference is still substantial.

        But for those who are using much bigger cameras/lenses and who want a small compact Nikon camera with an UWA zoom lens, this UWA coupled with a D3xxx or D5xxx could be an option. In addition to image quality being of better image quality than the DL18-50, this can go significantly wider as well. Price wise its also pretty close.

        • Thom Hogan

          Seems like you’re trying to do Nikon’s marketing for them. But it’s going to be awful tough to convince people that want a camera that fits in their jacket/pants pocket or purse to buy a DSLR, no matter how small the DSLR is. Canon’s been trying to do that with the SL, and then the G X and EOS M5/6 come along and pretty much stop that notion dead in its tracks.

          Nikon has a compelling case for the D3400 with the three AF-P lenses for an entry DSLR user. I can’t think of any way to get that level of image quality out of anything else that approaches that combo at its price. Not even close, I think. The image sensor is excellent. The AF-P lenses far outperform what you’d think any low-cost lens could do. So you can have a 15-450mm equivalent set in a reasonably small size, at an excellent price, and blow rings around a lot of people buying more expensive gear if you know how to photograph.

          The problem is that Nikon’s marketing is basically “look how low the price is.” It’s not “spend US$800 and blow people’s minds with how good your images are.”

          • HD10

            I think that the DL18-50 was a unique proposition and would have sold well. Having a fairly extensive m43 body and lens, I likely would not get one but I do understand the reasons for others wanting the DL18-50.

            I currently use the Nikon D500, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4,0 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 as my extended overseas travel dSLR kit. The total weight is 850g + 550g + 480g + 1,021g (with lens collar), for a total of 2,901g (2.91 kgs).

            I am thinking of getting the Nikkor 10-20mm ($310) along with the discounted Nikon D5500 kit ($597) that comes with a Nikkor 18-5mm and a Nikkor 70-300mm AF-P zoom, as an even lighter extended-overseas travel dSLR kit. The D5500, plus the 10-20mm, 18-55mm, and 70-300mm is light, compact, and inexpensive – totaling a very reasonable $907.

            This D5500 / 10-20mm / 18-55mm / 70-300mm kit weighs in at 420g + 230g + 205g + 400g = 1,255g (1.255 grams) or less than half my current DX dSLR travel kit. If I sell the Nikon 18-55mm and use my Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4.0, the total weight will be 1530g … still approx. half my current DX dSLR travel kit. An added bonus is that I now have VR on my UWA.

            An excellent set. But as you said, Nikon is not marketing their strengths well. I hope this will change … and soon!

            • BVS

              I think you can get a grey market 70-300 VR for ~$200. For that kind of price, I don’t think it really matter grey or not.

            • Thom Hogan

              I would agree.

              Gray is all about risk/reward.

            • dchen32

              I am having trouble finding AF-P 70-300 for ~$200. Could you point me to one?

            • BVS

              Click on the “Deals” link in the top menu of the NikonRumors website and then scroll down a bit to the Grey Market section and you’ll see a link for the 70-300 VR.

            • here is the link BVS mentioned:


          • jmb2560

            “people that want a camera that fits in their jacket/pants pocket” don’t buy… a camera. They are just happy using a smartphone; they believe it is “good quality” because at best, they will watch pictures on TV and in most case, just send them as attachment to a txt msg… This market does not exist. I never got excited about the DL and I’m not surprised that Nikon made it DOA. Nothing wrong with the product(s). It was just two (or three) years too late. Timing is everything…

    • Thom Hogan

      Sorry, not even close to the same thing, and doesn’t serve the same customer. This lens would be equivalent to a DL15-30mm, but it’s almost bigger than a DL body all by itself. It’s also more expensive when you add a body ;~).

      • HD10

        I concur on size but not on the price. The DL18-50 had an SRP of $850. The Nikkor 10-20mm at $310 plus a D3400 with an 18-55mm and 70-300mm sells for $497 … a total of $807. So the DL18-50 is still higher .. with substantially less coverage than the 15-450mm of the D3400 combo I mentioned.

        • Thom Hogan

          Just to be clear, the D3400 combo will not be that price at the end of next week ;~).

          • BVS

            I wouldn’t be surprised to see a D3400 3 lens kit for around $697 – $797 in the near future though.

          • HD10

            You mean it would be lower? LOL!

            The current deal is indeed a good price but I realize that the 70-300mm being packaged with te D3400 does not have VR.

            Given that most buyers will not likely be using this with a tripod, the end result will not be good for what buyers will think of Nikon after seeing the photos they take with the 70-300mm.

            I can only imagine that Nikon has tons of this in stock so this deal is a good way to move the non-VR 70-300mm. But this would be a short sighted move that could boomerang on Nikon once the users get many blurry photos due to camera shake. VR is most needed for lenses such as the 70-300mm.

            • WideAngleShooter

              I thought about buying this kit in the US in case of a laptop ban. It is cheaper than renting an APS-C body with one or two lenses for 3 weeks. But the non-VR 70-300 is a show stopper.

            • Thom Hogan

              Yeah. I just don’t know what the non-VR lenses accomplish. Okay, I do know: Nikon thinks in money first and foremost, not use. So at the low end they can squeeze a few more pennies profit per item by taking out VR and selling it at a lower price.

              This is marketing by price, not by function. Once you go down that road, you can’t really go back, unfortunately. Nikon has gone down that road with Coolpix and now with low-end DSLRs. Ironically, not for Nikon 1 ;~).

              But to the point you responded to: my understanding is that when the rebates end this week, the new program will put in costs that are higher to the customer, not lower.

          • Patrick

            Can you elaborate? Will we see the deal again soon? Was thinking of picking up this kit for a lightweight travel cam. Thanks!

  • Hans Bull

    What a pity that it is not compatible with my old D7000 (no need to upgrade).

  • So tired of small sample images–who buys a lens based on a lower than HD sample image?! Whoever makes the decision to show images, and then only show small ones needs to be fired. STAT!

  • JXVo

    Looks good. Useful range for wider-than-kit-lens on DX, attractive price, compact and portable. This lens will soon be doing duty on some of my climbing trips.

  • Michele Perillo

    what about compatibility with d7100?

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