The AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR Lens is Nikon’s latest gear release announcement that heralds a new option for photographers looking for a cheap and light weight wide lens for APS-C bodies (such as the D7200, D500, D5500 and D3300).
The Vibration Reduction (VR) performance that is being claimed by Nikon for this lens is three and a half stops which will be helpful for shooting hand held in challenging lighting conditions.
The press release from Nikon claims “minimal distortion” at 10mm, but we'll be interested to see how that performs on that score once it comes out.
What is the AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR Lens Best for Shooting?
This focal range is going to be popular among budding landscape photographers who wish to shoot wide vistas. You're also going to be able to use it for tight spaces inside (think real estate photography).
Nikon is also touting it as a potential lens to shoot night skies. Usually for such shots you will want as wide an aperture as possible – this one goes down to f/4.5 so while it will be able to be used for that, it won't quite be in the same company as some of the more expensive and faster wide angle lenses.
They're saying this one will retail for $309.95 which might send shivers down the spine of the folks at Sigma who make a very respectable 10-20mm 3.5-5.6 that is currently retailing on Adorama at $449, even though it's a little faster.
Expect the AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR to start shipping in June.