Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Review Round-Up


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The Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX is a professional grade lens and it certainly shows up regarding its exceptionally high build quality as well as very fast AF speed. Optically it is, without doubt, a very good lens but it has a few issues. The center performance is nothing short of stellar but the borders are a little worse than desirable at 24mm @ f/2.8 and at 55mm (for such a lens). The level of CAs, distortions as well as vignetting is quite typical for a lens in this class but then thing aren’t substantially better either. So all-in-all there may be a few question marks regarding the price/performance ratio of this lens. It simply lacks the greatness suggested by its price tag. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Review

SLR Gear

Though similar in range to Nikon’s two other medium zoom lenses, this lens is unique because it maintains constant aperture across the zoom range. This uniqueness comes at a price, paid in both extra weight and a high price tag. If you’re looking for the highest quality lens to mount on that new camera, this is it. Bottom line, this is a very sharp lens with excellent characteristics wide open, although chromatic aberration, vignetting, and distortion are all a little high at 17mm. (DxO Optics Pro supports this lens on all current (10/18/2005) Nikon bodies except the D50, so the vignetting, CA, and distortion are easily dealt with.) READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

This professional quality, mid-range zoom lens has been designed specifically for the “˜APS-C’ sized sensors used in all of Nikon’s DSLR cameras and is quite a different beast from the 18-55mm lens supplied with the D50 camera reviewed in this issue. Covering a picture angle equivalent to 25.5~82.5mm on a 35mm camera, it maintains its fast f2.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range, giving it a big advantage over the cheaper optic for photographers who shoot in dim lighting and those who require a high level of depth-of-field control with differential focusing. READ FULL REVIEW

Thom Hogan

Seems Nikon likes getting US$1400-1900 for a lens. Once again we have an optic that hits in that range. It’s bigger and heavier than you’ll expect. If you thought a lens designed to cover a smaller sensor size would be smaller, you’ll be surprised. With this lens and a 70-200mm in your kit you’re covered, except for that 55-70mm gap. For some folk, that could be a critical missing range. Excellent optics. For a lens that’s likely to be sitting on your camera most of the time, you want performance, and the 17-55mm appears to deliver it in almost every respect. What small weaknesses it has generally don’t show up in prints. The 28-80mm for the digital world. Yes, the mid-range zoom is back in full force. If that’s what you wanted, this is the lens to get. Works on 35mm. Yep, you can use it as an 26-55mm zoom on your full frame or 35mm bodies, though almost any filter will still vignette at 28mm. READ FULL REVIEW


The most optically capable and physically rugged “normal” range zoom you can buy for a Nikon DLSR, this gun is large, heavy, and unquestionably expensive. If there’s a chance you’ll trade up to a full-frame DSLR or migrate to film, pass on it. For other Nikon DSLR shooters with adequately deep pockets, this sharp, fast, (almost) distortion-free all-purpose lens, with its nigh-perfect zoom spread for people pictures and outdoor photography, will be hard to resist. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

If you want a solid professional metal mid range zoom this is your one choice. You know who you are; have fun! READ FULL REVIEW

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