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Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

20 July 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Autofocus



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The new stepping AF-P motor was introduced by Nikon in order to ensure, among other things, a fast, silent performance during photographing and video recording. Still there was a price to pay – the loss of compatibility with older models of reflex cameras. As of today (the middle of July 2018), when it comes to DX reflex cameras the tested Nikkor is fully compatible with the following models: D7500, D5600, D5500, D5300, D3400, D3300 and D500. In some cases you might need to install the newest version of software.

It is a high price for introducing a new solution but was it worth it? It seems the answer is positive. The mechanism is indeed noiseless and in the case of the Nikkor 10-20 mm the speed is tremendous. It is really difficult to measure the focusing time because the values are on the borderline of the tester’s reflexes. Running through the whole range and finding the focus never exceeded 0.2-0.3 of a second even in worse conditions – a very impressive performance!

When it comes to the accuracy of the mechanism we don’t have the slightest reservations either. Still we must add that it is difficult to say whether it is due to a more efficient motor or the huge depth of field provided by the lens which can mask even evident misses.

Nikon D500, 20 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR - Autofocus