Nikon Just Announced a 10-20mm Lens for DX Sensor DSLRs

June 6th, 2017

Just a few days ago, Nikon announced a new lens that is worth the attention of real estate photographers because this is an ideal lens for real estate photography.

This focal length has been missing from Nikon’s lens lineup. As a result, real estate photographers tend to use the Sigma 10-20mm on Nikon DX DSLRs when shooting interiors. But now, real estate photographers using Nikon DX bodies have this new option. It’s not clear when the lens will be shipping but it is listed for preorder on all the online retailers.

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14 Responses to “Nikon Just Announced a 10-20mm Lens for DX Sensor DSLRs”

  • I would like to see how it compares to the Sigma. The Sigma 10-20 has been my go to lens.

  • I would like to see how it compares to the Tokina 11-20 f2.8.
    I know Nikon won’t beat the price, and I doubt they will beat the performance

  • Nikon has had the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED lens for several years now. It is expensive and had a few issues that the new 10-20 should correct (edge sharpness for one).
    Note also that the new 10-20 Nikkor also has VR, is small and light and tuned to the new 24 MP sensors. For handheld shooters, especially natural light ones, this should help immensely.
    I have the Tokina 11-16 2.8. It is a sizable lens that is heavy and fits on my D300 well. The new 10-20 Nikkor is small, almost the same length/weight as the kit 18-55.
    I also have 2 Sigma 10-20’s that my staff uses. Their edge sharpness is weak and the older versions had big time sample variations. I went through 3 different ones before I found one that was usable.
    The new 10-20 Nikkor will fit and balance well on the smaller DSLR’s … 3xxx, 5xxx, 7200 and combine it with the new 7500 and you will have a state of the art DX lightweight kit.
    As my staff are shooting with D5200 & D5500 cameras, I will be updating them with this new lens once it is available.
    I know that this is a Canon heavy site, but the Nikons are good kits and have performed well for me for 10 years now and despite some of their own self inflicted wounds with product defects with a few of their releases (D600 especially).
    More on this new lens:

  • Michael McCreary:
    You should check out Tokina’s 11-20mm f2.8.
    My back up lens is the Tokina 11-16mm and it’s great, but I find the extra 4mm is much more useful in getting a more realistic look in a larger space.
    Both lenses are a bit heavy, but both are very sharp even edge to edge.
    The best part is the price. My guess is Nikon will charge about double the $500.00 Tokina charges.
    Just my 2 cents.

  • I had used a Tamron 11-18mm, 1:f4.5-5.6 lens on my Nikon 300DX for several years with very good results.

    I then moved to a Sigma DX 8-16 mm f:4.5-5.6 super wide angle lens also with excellent results. This is NOT a fisheye lens. Expensive, heavy and awesome! (Still my favourite in some situations)

    I now use a Nikon 16-35mm f1:4 on my full frame Nikon D800 FX (= 10.7mm in DX) which is a better format combination that will inherently produce superior images, with similar FOV to the Tamron lens.

    All being super wide angle lens, these lens are very sharp, each with excellent depth of field range.

    The Tamron has very little barrel distortion (BD) at 11mm. The Nikon FX lens at 16mm has considerable BD at 16mm while the Sigma DX 8-16 exhibits very significant BD at 8mm, but with an impressive and extremely wide FOV. On each, this BD can be easily eliminated in Lightroom using the Lens Correction panel, but at the expense of some minor cropping which effectively negates some of the wide field of view.

    Eliminating barrel distortion is often not a concern in general photography (landscapes, nature etc) but a big problem in architectural work, especially with door frames close to the image edge. I believe the manufacturers each purposely exceed BD limits to give us extended field of view, usable at our discretion.

    As a Realtor/photographer, after a few years of maxing out FOV and based on public customer feedback, I now lean towards NOT framing or exporting super wide angle shots due to the exaggerated depiction of small rooms and areas. Visitors to a home often express disappointment in finding the rooms much smaller than depicted (ie as advertised), which creates a misleading impression and subsequent home visitor “let-down”. Many other Toronto photographers have also backed off showing such wide shots, except where it is helpful to show a room’s layout or to provide additional interior “information”. (Home layouts and room sizes are better expressed with floor plans!) Generally it is better to take two shots to show the subject room or area for a more natural and realistic perspective. In fact, with a nicely staged home, it is often more appealing to show “lifestyle” images concentrating on well framed interior elements and decor. “Less is more” as they say!

    Some may disagree, but if on a budget, I feel it’s better to save your money for good mid range 26-100 mm glass where lens quality counts most. There is less difference in the image quality achieved by most wide angle lens. Post production adjustments, especially with lens corrections and sharpening, will produce stunning photographs with any of the above lens. After all, the resulting images are typically viewed on a relatively small 72dpi screen!

    Looking at the specs, I expect the Nikon 10-20mm will be a great lens especially with the VR feature, and an unbeatable price. As per Ken Rockwell’s review, buyers should be aware that it only works on newer 2013+ Nikon cameras. If you have an older body check out the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8, the Tokina 12-24mm and the Sigma 10 – 20mm as well. John S – Toronto

  • Russell:
    I agree that the 11-20 of the Tokina is a better reach than the 11-16. I’ve had the 11-16 for 3 years now and the 11-20 has been out around a year.
    The new 10-20 Nikkor is being offered on presale for just $306.95! That’s way less than half of the older 10-24 Nikkor (even discounted this month) and is also less than half the cost of the Tokina 11-20 ($639).
    This lens will only work on the latest Nikons true, but it is designed to get the most out of the 24 MP sensors.

  • The market is chaning fast! I plan to buy the new A7 Mark III with Sony 16-35, that said I intend to update my Sigma 10-20 to the Nikon. The Sigma has served me well for at least 8 -10 + years. It’s been so long I can’t remember. I think in all the lugging around I may have damaged it. It just doesn’t seem as sharp as it used too. Updating will give me a good back up with my D5300 and the new lens.
    I have a math question. Upgrading from a D5300 to a Full Size Sensor is it fair to say to my customers I have improved the detail by 25%

  • There’s also a new Tamron 10-24mm that has vibration compensation. I reviewed that lens on my YouTube page. In short, I think it is currently the best lens for real estate photography on dx bodies.

    Dx glass is getting so good so fast, and I believe the trend will continue. There’s the sigma 18-35 and the tokina 14-24 that are both lenses that will compete with anything full frame has to offer in my opinion. Same with the sigma 50-100. The new Tamron 10-24 is quite good in my estimation as well.

  • I guess I should have clicked on the link before giving my 2 cents.
    I assumed the new Nikkor was an f2.8.
    Apple’s & oranges

  • Why is the Tamron better than the Sigma or the new Nikon?

  • Steven,
    Here’s a link where I attempt to answer that, I hope it’s ok to post it. I personally don’t think the sigma is in the same class, and the Nikon is sort of yet to be determined.

  • I am a real estate agent with no professional photography training. I like to take my own listing photos, and have been using a Nikon D40 with the 18-35 lens that came with it. For awhile now, my camera has been leaving spots on my pictures, which take awhile to edit out. I live in a small town with no places to have the camera cleaned. So, I want to buy a newer camera and possibly a wide angle lens, hoping my photos will appear more professionally done. I have spent hours on sites such as this, trying to decide which camera to buy, and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed. I would like to stay with Nikon since I also have a 200 mm lens. Since I do not work as a photographer, it seems unnecessary to pay for the highest professional quality equipment. Is there a suitable mid-range Nikon camera and wide-angle lens that will give me nice listing photos? Thanks for any advice.

  • Hi Lisa, I have a page on the PFRE blog that is designed to help people like yourself that are acquiring equipment needed to do real estate photography. It is as follows:

    For real estate photography, the most important component is a wide angle lens. The 18-55mm kit lens is NOT suitable for shooting real estate interiors. As the page above shows a good choice for you would be:
    Nikon D3400 $329
    Sigma 10-20mm or Tokina 11-16mm or you could wait for the new Nikon 10-20mm to be available.

  • The new Nikkor is shipping. Amazon has shipped and mine arrives tomorrow. Yea! I have had the Sigma so long that I can’t remember but I think maybe 2006. It’s served me well but it’s better days might be behind it.

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