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

27 May 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary


Pros:
  • great workmanship quality,
  • fabulous frame centre sharpness for the whole range of aperture and focal lengths,
  • very good picture quality for the frame border,
  • only slight astigmatism,
  • vignetting smaller than with the most serious competitors,
  • good work against the light,
  • great autofocus work.

Cons:
  • chromatic aberration a bit too visible, especially for f/2.8,
  • big size and weight.


We can recommend this lens only by comparing the amount of disadvantages and advantages, especially that the last disadvantage is rather a warning for the potential buyers than a disadvantage in itself. You can’t cheat the laws of physics after all - a piece of good, durable, fast optics must have a considerable weight.

The results of our test show that Nikkor 17-55 mm is the best lens in its class on the market. It is true that Canon 17-55 is only slightly worse and is additionally equipped with tempting image stabilizer but still Nikkor wins when it comes to optics and mechanics.

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Every owner of a digital camera with a DX matrix who can afford it, should consider buying this lens very seriously.

Finally, I invite all full frame lovers to compare frame corners of pictures taken with Nikkor 17-55 F/2.8 and D90 or D300 with pictures from Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 and D700, D3 or D3x. Maximum aperture effects can give you a lot to think about.


Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 48 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 23 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 40 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/160 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/800 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/750 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/320 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/400 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/500 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/800 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.2 MB



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