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Nikon - 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
Quick Overview |
The world's first constant f/2.8 3.2x zoom lens developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format.
* 3.2x zoom covers from a wide angle of 79° to a narrow angle of 28° 50' (equivalent to 25.5mm to 85.5mm for 35mm format) and is ideal for architecture, landscape, group shots and portraits.
* DX design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors
* Nikon DX design produces a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, lighter weight and optimal image quality from center-to edge-to-corner on the image
* 3 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration and provide higher resolution and superior contrast
* 3 Aspherical lens elements for minimized distortion
* Lightweight and compact design, similar to 17-35mm f/2.8 lens
* Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
* [M/A] and [M] modes allow rapid switching between AF and MF operation
* Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
* Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
* Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
* G Type DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models
* Fully Compatible with D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100

SportsShooter Member Rating | 9.25
List Price | $1650.00
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Martin McNeil Photographer
East Kilbride | South | United Kingdom
Comments | [05/21/07] This is the lens I bought alongside my first dSLR (D2X) and accordingly, this is the one lens that I won't leave the house without. The only downside is that it flares like a b*tch when there's a strong light source visible in the frame... if you can avoid those situations - or use them creatively - then the lens is otherwise faultless.
Rating | 9

Andrew Bright Photographer
Auckland | New Z | New Zealand
Comments | [12/16/06] This is fast becoming my all time favourite lens. From the moment I take it out of it's little bag, I know this shoot's gona be something special. I never really had an appreciation what a sharp lens was; I'd read about sharpness but couldn't really tie the concept to anything I'd shot or seen; it was just this vague idea I thought I should aspire to without really knowing how to get there. This lens changed that. Before where I'd be shooting with the 18-70 AF-S kit lens and wondering why I couldn't focus by eye accurately, or why my AF wide angles were in focus but not really at any point I could identify, now I was looking at images at 100% and seeing detail I had never been aware of. You can use it for portraits and see which direction people have shaved in that morning, landscapes and vistas where you can see leaves on trees. It was expensive, but oh-so-worth it to not fudge a shot anymore. Yeh the lens and focus rings are easy to mix up, but everything else is so good....
Rating | 9

Ian Halperin Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA
Comments | [07/30/06] I covered five high school graduations in one day and the this lens rocks. Everything seems to be brighter and sharper. The only annoying thing is that the zoom ring is in the opposit place from the 12-14. I kept turning the focus ring. I don't know why Nikon can't be consistant.
Rating | 9

Andrew Sullivan Photographer
Kissimmee | FL | USA
Comments | [04/20/06] Pared down my lens choices for two week trip to Italy to this lens and the 70-200 VR. This glass rarely left the mount. Spectacular light gathering ability where flashes can't go and minimal distortion in cramped quarters or where scale dictates the widest field of view. I have no complaints about this lens whatsoever.
Rating | 10

James Rulison Photographer
Chino Hills | CA | USA
Comments | [03/17/06] I used this lens to replace my 28-70 f/2.7 AF-S when it was stolen. I couldn't be happier with this glass very sharp and very fast. The small difference at the wide end was much more noticeable then I thought it would be. I find this lens on one of my cameras every outing. Top notch well built and clean. Best, James
Rating | 10

David Brooks Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA
Comments | [03/04/06] It's solid, sharp, and fast. Great focal length range. Minor point, front element telescopes increasing the length when zooming-out (wide), making the lens shade mandatory to protect it. Not unlike the 24-70 2.8 for the Canon. With the Nikon 17-35, I would remove the lens hood to reduce the size, but with the 17-55, I don't feel as comfortable to go without the hood.
Rating | 9

Caleb Bushner Student/Intern / Photographer
Mcminnville | OR | USA
Comments | [02/14/06] Yea: *GREAT optics *solid build *good focal range *(relatively) lightweight Nay: -Expensive -DX format Let me put it this way: I know a guy who has a 17-35, 28-70, and a 70-200 ... I can cover nearly the same range with my 17-55 and 70-200... this means that I have one less lens to own, carry around, and switch out.--that is worth it right there.
Rating | 10

Sean Flanigan Student/Intern / Photographer
Federal Way | WA | United States
Comments | [02/08/06] A fantastic piece of glass. A must for Nikon shooters. Sharp, great contrast and color. Beautiful Bokeh on the long end.
Rating | 9

Jack Bains Photographer
Hoover | AL | USA
Comments | [01/24/06] This is fast becoming my "go-to" lens. Attached to my D2x it give me coverage up to 110mm at f/2.8 and the images are crystal clear edge to edge. I use this lens for everything from portraits to basketball to gymnastics to weddings and could not have been more happy. It's pricey but well worth it. Last month's PopPhotog test of the lens was right on. It's worth the investment.
Rating | 10

Gary Lake Photographer
Morgantown | WV | USA
Comments | [02/18/05] I just picked this lens up a couple weeks ago and so far I am very impressed. I used it to shoot an indoor gymnastics meet the week I got it and put it to task right away - over 1000 shots in the absolute worst light I've shot in to date. Light so bad I had to shoot at 1600 ISO and use Noise Ninja to clean up the images. I can't say enough about how well this lens performed under these circumstances. The test shots I took at low ISO settings with a medium aperture were incredibly sharp. I've not yet tried shooting at the smaller apertures mentioned as being problematic so for that reason at this time I'll give it a 9 - but if the performance at smaller apertures matches what I've shot so far it gets a solid 10 from me. Great piece of glass!
Rating | 9

Kristian Dowling Photographer
Melbourne | VIC | Australia
Comments | [10/25/04] A fantastic lens. Shoot it wide open all day! It is sharper than any Nikon prime on digital wide open at any focal length and is quite good against flare. I am amazed at the sharpness of this lens....I can't explain...wide open matches my AF-S 400mm f/2.8!!! On the flip side, do not buy this lens for shooting at apertures f/8 to f/16. It does get soft at these apertures at most focal lengths. As for the build it is a touch lower than the AF-S 17-35mm but it could feel that way possibly due to it being a lower weight. The lens internal barel extends past the front rim when zooming, but you on't notice it due to the excellent designed lens hood. I am also impressed by the focusing speed as you would expect from any Nikon AF-S lens. The only thing I can fault is the placement of zoom and focus rings. A little small and positioned a little close to the lens mount. Other than that, it is awesome and sells at a good price in Australia- about the same price as a used AF-S 17-35mm. Testing against this lens, the AF-S 17-55mm is sharper from f/2.8 to f/5.6 at every focal length.
Rating | 9

G.J. McCarthy Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA
Comments | [10/12/04] Wow, nobody's rated this lens yet? Weird. Anyway, I'm on coffee cup number three, and ready to profile. Sock it to me ... ? I've been using the lens for about two weeks now and am pretty damn happy. It's fairly fast, somewhat light-weight for a zoom lens, and, best of all, the focal-length range is to die for. Honestly, I could get away with using this lens for 80% of my daily work. The close-focusing distance is nice, particularly at 55mm. Also, I'm really digging the contrast on this puppy. DRAWBACKS: The biggest complaint I and my coworkers have is that, when shooting wide open at 17mm, the lens doesn't seem to lock autofocus very well. To test, I'd find something medium range in a room to focus on at 17, then zoom in to 55, where I'd notice that it was TOTALLY out of focus ... that's no good ... I never saw anything like that from the Canon 16-35 ... hell, even the 20-35L did a better job. Still, it's by no means a deal closer. A couple of quick taps from the AF button usually ensures proper focus, and I've yet to have any shots ruined or anything. Just nit-picky stuff, really. So to conclude, this is an 8 of 10 for me. It loses two points for the AF thing, and because 2 of the 5 lenses our staff received have SUPER-DUPER tight zoom rings ... to the point of annoyance. What's up with that, yo?
Rating | 8

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