To prepare for my hands-on review of the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens I’ve spent the past couple of weeks shooting a few thousand images with it. As regular readers will know, I don’t shoot any images of test grids or spend any time doing formal sharpness testing and I never publish those types of charts in my reviews.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
To me, cameras and lenses have always been something to experience in real-world conditions. As a result my reviews are far more experiential rather than technical.
The first thing that I’d like to do with this hands-on review is to state upfront that even though Nikon makes two 1 Nikon lenses covering the exact same focal length (10-100 mm) these are completely different lenses.
And, the differences between these lenses are far more than one lens having a power zoom. Let’s have a look at the differences between these lenses in more detail.
Number of lens elements/groupings
Non-PD Zoom: 19 elements in 12 groups
PD Zoom: 21 elements in 14 groups
Type/number of lens elements
High refractive index elements: Non-PD Zoom 3, PD Zoom 1
(as far as I can tell high refractive index elements are used to control the amount of light refraction, or bending, as it is transmitted from one medium to another inside a lens)
ED glass elements: Non-PD Zoom 2, PD Zoom 3
(ED glass is used to reduce chromatic aberration and colour fringing)
Aspherical elements: Non-PD Zoom 3, PD Zoom 2
(aspherical lens is used to correct distortion, especially at wide angles)
2.38 x 2.87 inches (60.5 x 70.5 mm)
10 oz (298 g)
3.0 x 3.7 inches (77 x 95 mm)
18.2 oz (515 g)
Minimum Focus Distance
1.1 ft (0.35m) at 10 mm focal length
1.1 ft (0.65 m) at 100 mm focal length
1.0 ft (0.3 m) at 10 mm focal length
2.8 ft (0.85 m) at 100 mm focal length
Non-PD Zoom f/4 – f/16
PD Zoom f/4.5 – f/16
Both lenses have been tested by DxOMARK. Here are some test scores along with those for the 1 Nikon 30-110 mm:
Sharpness (higher is better):
Non-PD Zoom 3, PD Zoom 4, 30-110 mm 5
Distortion (lower is better):
Non-PD Zoom 0.5, PD Zoom 0.7, 30-110 mm 0.3
Vignetting (lower is better):
Non-PD Zoom -0.6, PD Zoom -0.9, 30-110 mm -0.9
Transmission (Lower means more light gets through):
Non-PD Zoom 5.6, PD Zoom 6.2, 30-110 mm 5.0
Chromatic aberration (lower is better):
Non-PD Zoom 17, PD Zoom 13, 30-110 mm 6
As you can see the optical performance between these the two 10-100 mm 1 Nikon lenses is quite close. Both 1 Nikon 10-100 mm lenses are outclassed on most performance attributes by the 1 Nikon 30-110 mm, which is the primary reason why I included the 30-110 mm performance data in this article.