Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED

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AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED [1]
Key features
Maker: Nikon
Vibration reduction: No No
Silent wave motor: Yes Yes
Macro capable: No No
Application: Wide-angle zoom
Technical data
Focal length: 12-24mm
Frame coverage: APS-C 1.5x
Aperture (max/min): f/4 - f/22
Construction: 7 groups / 11 elements
# Diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded)
Close focus distance: 0.30m
Max. magnification: 1:8.3
Max. diameter: 90mm
Max. length: 82.5 mm
Weight: 465g
Filter diameter: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-23
Case: CL-S2
Angle of view
Diagonal: 99°-61° (with DX format)
Introduced: 2003
Retail info

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G is a lens manufactured by Nikon for use on Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras. It provides an angle of view on a DX format camera similar to that of an 18-35mm lens on a 135 film format camera.


Nikon announced the lens on 18 February 2003.[2] as the first lens specifically designed for the Nikon DX format.[3]

This lens was replaced by the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED announced on April 14, 2009.[4]

Target market[edit]

At the time the lens was introduced, Nikon did not make a zoom lens which would provide an ultra-wide-angle view on a DX format camera. Due to the crop factor of the DX format, wide-angle zoom lenses such as the 18-35mm provided an angle of view equivalent to a 27-52.5mm lens; more typical of a normal zoom.

The purpose of the 12-24mm was to fill this gap in the ultra-wide to wide angle range[3] that would otherwise require users to purchase relatively expensive prime lenses such as the 13mm, 15mm and 18mm Nikkors.


  • 12-24mm focal length (approximately equivalent to an 18-35mm lens used on a 135 film format camera)
  • Compact silent wave autofocus motor with full-time manual override
  • Nikon F-lens mount exclusively for use with Nikon DX format DSLRs
  • Extra low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Aspherical elements to reduce distortion
  • Super integrated coating (SIC) to reduce flare and ghosts.
  • Internal focusing (IF)[2]


  • eleven lens elements in seven groups
  • three aspherical elements
  • two ED glass elements[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED (2.0x)". Lenses. Nikon Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Nikon confirm DX 12 - 24 mm lens". Digital Photography Review. ©1998-2008. Retrieved 2009-02-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b "AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f4G IF-ED Lens". Behind the Scenes. Nikon Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
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