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

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Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 17 - 55 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 79 - 28.5 o
Closest focusing distance 0.36 m
Maximum magnification 1:5
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 85.5 x 110.5 mm
Weight 755 g
Additional information Marketed 2004
Average rating (12 owners reviews)
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4.36 Good
Owners reviews (12)
  1. Larry L
    Larry L 2 December 2013, 02:56
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    IP 209.105.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $800 used
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Bulky tank

    Pros: A gem in performance, few F2.8 lens are sharp wide open like this is. The contrast also is great, I just nails the shots even in difficult lighting and low lighting like a wedding where you only get one chance. I have a Nikon 16-85 that has a nice range and VR but when it come down to perfomance and very sharp pictures side by side this lens take over, well worth the money if you work as a pro and need the results.

    Summary: The weight is said to be a con in most reviews however I gain a stop in slow shutter speeds since I can hold it more steady and it balances perfect with the D300s and with the Nikon grip.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous 24 October 2013, 03:25
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    IP 175.28.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Price, but it is fair for an excellent,quality lens. You've got what you've paid.

    Pros: Image Quality is absolutely superb even wide open. Well balance on my D7000 with the battery grip on. Feel like a truly pro when using it.

    Summary: Simply outstanding lens for any Nikon DX body. Highly recommended for serious photographer who may not be thinking switching to full-frame in near future.

  3. M@t24
    M@t24 26 December 2012, 09:43
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    IP 178.4.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 675€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy, expensive, not so good against bright light,

    Pros: Solid as a rock, fast and acurate AF, very good imagequality...

    Summary: An amazing Lens for Portraits, Events, Studioshootings and every kind of weatherconditions.

  4. tstevet
    tstevet 24 December 2012, 21:13
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    IP 74.15.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: not much worng except no vr

    Pros: great for moving photos, or low light, excellent IQ

    Summary: I love it

  5. Gianfrancp
    Gianfrancp 25 December 2011, 20:36
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    IP 2.39.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 700€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: It's a pro-level DX lens! With pro's and advanced amateurs now favoring FX format or at least contemplating a switch to FX in the future, spending that much for a DX lens is a tough decision.

    Pros: It's a pro-level DX lens, that can be bought second-hand for a very attractive price (about 700-800€)

    Summary: An excellent choice for an advanced amateur/pro who does not envisage to go full-frame any time soon; second-hand price is very competitive with lesser-quality lenses.

  6. Govert
    Govert 28 August 2011, 23:27
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    IP 77.251.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: 1400 euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - by a group portrait at 17mm f5.6-f8 in the middle are the persons sharp and on 2/3 are persons not sharp.. a little disappointing (for the price). - big - price (but it's worth!!)

    Pros: - heavy build for all circumstances - F2.8 at 17 to 55mm

    Summary: Bought it new and it's my prime lens.. most circumstances works very fine for me. Except with group photos.. pity because it's a very expensive lens.

  7. guyverschuere
    guyverschuere 26 August 2011, 07:44
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    IP 213.118.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 800
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: super fast lens

    Pros: weight

    Summary: great lens

  8. TomasX
    TomasX 29 March 2011, 10:59
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    IP 195.113.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Very expensive, not perfect for landscape, maximum sharpness F4-F5.6, F8-11 is worse than 16-85 for instance, cannot be used hyperfocal focusing (asymetric DOF - shorter DOF behind focal plane) no VR, very high lens flare, old lens firmware without newest possibilities for service corrections.

    Pros: Perfect build, perfect indoor reportage lens, very fast and precise autofocus, fully usable at F2.8, low vignetting, light nice colors, sharp at large apertures from 17mm to 50mm (55mm slightly worse), perfect exposure with flash.

    Summary: The best indoor reportage lens for DX in its focal range.

  9. Joan
    Joan 4 August 2010, 12:11
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    IP 82.136.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 400 euro's
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Zoomring is a bit crappy to use, it's to small and to close to the body and also on new ones in store a bit stiff.

    Pros: Fast and accurate AF, 2.8 on the whole range, apart from the zoomring, the buildquality is amazing

    Summary: I bought mine second hand, with very stiff zoom ring and you could see it was used The new price is very high, I wouldn't have considered buying it if I had to buy it new Image quality is very good, but not much better then Nikon 18-70mm

  10. Foo
    Foo 28 October 2009, 20:16
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    IP 210.19.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: USD 1100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Premium price compared to competitors (Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Sigma 18-50 f2.8, Tokina 16-50 f2.8).

    Pros: Beautiful pro quality build that inspires confidence, lasts a life time. Better bokeh than all the 3rd parties. Fast, silent and accurate AF.

    Summary: Yes, you can save pennies by buying the 3rd parties as the Nikon version is 3 times more expensive but not necessary 3 times better in terms of performance. But it is just like buying a watch, you can buy a Rolex (collector piece), or buy a cheap Timex (practical use). It's your money.

  11. fotofok
    fotofok 1 August 2009, 12:58
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    IP 86.85.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 800 euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Placement of zoom ring, plastic filter mount, breathes air, severe flare and ghosting.

    Pros: Sharp, solid build quality, rain proof, reasonable level of distortions.

    Summary: I bought this lens second hand to replace my Sigma 17-70 HSM. Thus I'm not sure if it's the previous owner or the design that makes the zoom action so stiff. The zoomring is inconveniently placed for a D300 plus battery grip. My new Nikon 24-70 is much better in this respect. It's a good performer all in all though. The sun hood design is excellent. If you need a light (similair stuff on a D3 is even bigger and heavier) but good kit this lens in combination with a D300s is just about the best you can get. Although I would not suggest this lens to someone who is planning on upgrading to FX at some point anyway.

  12. marcinek
    marcinek 23 June 2009, 06:11
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    IP 217.153.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Price.

    Pros: There are no cheaper competitor's lenses of that class that would deliver better performance. This lens is fully usable @f/2.8. AF gets enought light to perform well on dimm light, which makes it perfect choice for shooting wedding and other church ocassions. Sharp, nice natural colors.

    Summary: It is big and heavy. It might be a cons for somebody, but it makes a perfect set with my D300. As most of pro-grade lenses it is a bit too expensive but I can not complain on its build and image quality. Oh btw, zoom and focus rings are swapped :-)

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