Landscapes are made for this...
The first lens I bought with my hard earned cash after the D70 kit. This opened my eyes to wide angle and is a great piece of kit. I am not one for detailed testing of lenses. I leave that to the experts. I just read the results and as much background as I can before I plunge into the market and purchase a piece of kit and the Nikkor 12-24 DX always seems to fair well in any tests its put through.
What I can tell you is that this is a well built lens which gives great results. I have found some chromatic abberation on certain shots but not too excessive and this can be eliminated in Photoshop.
The build is good and the lens is a substantial piece of kit, even with the so called smaller DX design.
It was the main stay of my photography for a number of years prior to my upgrade to a full frame sensor and the bulk of the images you will find on this website have been taken with it on either the Nikon D70 or D200 cameras. My landscape photography blossomed once this was in the arsenal. It is great for incredible depth of field and I use it at f16 for many of my landscape images. I get a little flaring in some shots but this is pointing a wide angle lens at the sun!
The results, in my eyes are superb. It has the 77mm diameter filter thread so this and my Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR both take the same filters which is good news for the pockets! 77mm is the Nikon standard for 'professional' lenses.
The only downside as I can see is the more recent introduction of 10-20 lenses from the likes of Sigma and these lenses are apparently very good for their price - and that brings me to the second issue. Cost. The lens was £785 when I bought it, a lot when the Sigma 10-20mm lens was approximately half the price.
All I can say is that I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anybody. My research paid off!
Since changing to full frame I will be selling Nikkor 12-24mm lens. I already have its replacement - the Nikkor 16-35mm F4 VR.