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|Nikon Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f2.8 G ED SWM DX IF Lens AFS #550|
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|Developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras, this lightweight, compact zoom lens is an excellent match for the new Nikon D2H digital SLR camera.The 17-55mm range exceeds 3x zoom to broaden wide angle to medium telephoto photographic possibilities, and the lens maintains fast f/2.8 aperture throughout to make it practical and easy to use. When mounted on any of the Nikon D2H, D1-series or D100 digital SLR cameras, the picture angle is the equivalent to 25.5 to 82.5mm on a 35mm  format camera.The range and image quality makes this the lens professionals and advanced enthusiasts will use most with Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras for shooting portraits and close-ups, as well as nature studies. It also complements the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED lens in Nikon's expanding DX Nikkor lens lineup.Nikon established yet stricter evaluation standards for the new lens, and it achieves greater picture resolution as a result. The newly developed optical system employed includes three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration and three aspherical lenses that minimize distortion.Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet autofocus. And the nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening provides a rich, natural look to out-of-focus elements.With its useful wide range and high quality performance, this compact, lightweight lens will help win a warm place for the Nikon DX format in the hearts of Digital SLR users.|
|UPC||0018208021475, 018208021475, 410000002506|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||17-55 mm|
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The 17-55dx is designed for Nikons Digital "DX" bodies with the smaller "Cropped" sensors. As of this writing this includes all of the "D" series cameras in the 40, 50, 60,70, 80, 100, 200, 300 and Professional D1 and D2 series. It will also work with Full Frame cameras such as the D3 but only in the "Cropped" mode. This lens does not cover the full sensor of the D3 or 35mm film.
It is by every account a professional lens. As you would expect for a Professional f2.8 product it is big, heavy and built like a tank. I have experience with Professional and Semi Pro Lenses.
I can tell you that moving up to this calibre of lens affords the user a level of sharpness you will not find with less expensive products. Most lenses have to be shot within their sweetspot. This is usually two to three stops above their maximum aperture. (If a lens has a maximum aperture of f2.8 it should be shot at F5.6 or f8. The 17-55 can be shot at f2.8 with spectacular results. It is "Very Sharp" in the center at most apatures up to f11/f16. This lens is "Sharp" all the way into its corners. As an example I would say that having used the 18-200vr Nikkor for a number of years, the 17-55 gives results that are another level beyond prosumer lenses. When inspecting my images on the rear LCD of a D300 or on my Monitor, the 17-55 looks sharper across the image then my 18-200 did when sharpened via Photoshop. This is truely a superb results. This lens is a perfect mate to the spectacular 70-200vr!
Color and Contrast:
As with most pro lenses from Nikon the 17-55dx provides superb contrast and that famous Nikon color. (Many aftermarket lenses suffer from a tint or hue to their color, the 17-55 is IMHO neutral)
Size and Weight:
This lens is larger and heavier than a consumer lens as one would expect. It balances very well on Nikon pro bodies along with the Semi Pro D300 with the optional MB-D10 grip. To compensate I use a Optech strap that makes this camera lens combo feel very lite.
http://www.optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=23&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=or the extra weight I suggest a neck strap from Optech.
First of all this is a "G" lens, it does not have an aperture ring so it is best suited for digital and modern film cameras including the F5 and F6. As mentioned above the build is very solid. The focus and zoom rings are very smooth, a joy to use. This lens exudes quality. The lens hood is of Nikons newer twist click design with a small release button on the side. I feel it is a must for outdoor work when shooting subject where the sun is in or close to the field of view. The lens is sealed for dust and moisture.
I can kick myself for not buying this lens years ago. It is a real must for event photographers and advanced amatures. When I look at the images from this lens I see a real difference in sharpness, images "POP". The lens has very good "Bokeh" and IMHO is a must from weddings to general family events. I almost bought the just released Nikon 24-70 full frame lens. But on DX cameras the 24mm wide end is just not wide enough.
I highly recommend this lens.
I will briefly tell you why you should buy this lens !!!
You know when you read about lenses or compare them on the web sites it is almost impossible to decide what to get. i have been through and trust me I know the marketing tactics. But this lens is different !!!
*** No VR... Yes it has no Vr and that is great. Not that I am not a VR fan but there's a lot of things they don't tell you about (V)ibration (R)eduction or Canon's (I)mage (S)tabilization. They do kill your sharpness on lenses that are not tele. Yessss you need VR on some telephotos and some people that does not have a steady hand needs some VR. Look at all the pro series lenses 400mm 500mm 600mm used in sports do not need VR. Did you wonder why? B/c they are already fast enough. Before you can shake the camera the photo is taken :) yes lenses are that fast and 17-55mm Nikkor is one of them !!! VERY FAST LENS EVEN ON LOW LIGHT CONDITIONS...
*** Tough built !!! Very well built and a little bit balanced weight to it which makes it steadier when shooting. If you hold the lens alone ou might think it is heavy but it is very well balanced once you put it on D200 body (I bet it will be great with same series of cameras)
*** Motor is very quiet !!! Internal focus works great and fast !!!
*** Very compatible with digital Nikon SLRs.
*** This lens' residual value is great !!! It holds its value b/c its premium built and quality. And there is not many out there !!! I don't know why Nikon is very conservative on making more of these.
*** Price is well worth it. You realize you bought a great lens right after you see the results on your computer.
*** It does have the extreme pro look !!! yesss it looks like you are the papparazzi tailing some celebrity when you put this lens on :)) Everybody thought I am from some newspaper each time I shot an event in public :) it gives that feeling and look for all !!!
None :) Suprised? I really have not encountered a single problem with speed, light, quality of the photos, sharpness, compatibility, toughness, balance issues with this lens.
EXCELLENT BUY !!! WELL WORTH THE PRICE !!! DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY !!!
ps: make sure you protect your investment with a neutral UV filter. I always kept one on from day one. you never know what you gonna face on field trips of daily life. protect that precious Nikkor glass !!!
Lens to buy for anyone who wants the best picture quality. However be prepared for substantial weight and size, up to extravaganza dimensions with the sun hood mounted. Better to let in place at any time as the huge front glass is almost emerging out of the barrel.
Zoom control ring is very close to the camera body, a bit hard to turn also, but after a while it becomes very acceptable. The focusing ring however is just perfect, smooth and accurate, but never used (at least by me) as the excellent autofocus makes the job under any circumstance.
Finally what surprised me the most is the very narrow depth of field of this lens. True to say that with the aperture fully open it is perfect for portrait shooting. However for landscape pictures, even stepping down to f/11 at wide angle, I cannot get the full sharpness from 5 m to infinite. A bit annoying, unless you wish absolutely to isolate a subject from its environment.
Therefore a good lens for street shooting, short range sports or portrait.
If you're looking at this review, you probably have a good idea of what kind of lens the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 is. Before the DX format came out (Nikon digital sensors are smaller than "traditional" film format), the mid-range zoom of choice for professionals and advanced amateurs would have been the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8, a.k.a. "The Beast." But with the advent of digital SLRs, the 28-70mm focal range was not wide enough so Nikon developed the 17-55mm f/2.8. On a digital SLR, the effective focal range of this lens is very close to 28-70mm, exactly what Nikon intended.
As with all of Nikon's pro grade lenses, the 17-55mm f/2.8 is big, heavy, and built like a tank. This lens means business, and it's built to take heavy everyday use.
Simply put, this is a very flexible lens that is sharp, gives great color rendition, and will allow you to play in low light when consumer grade lenses are packed and ready to go home. Constant f/2.8 across the entire focal range allows you to keep shooting and will give fabulous bokeh (how the lens renders out of focus background). The zoom and focus rings are well-damped and have a nice response. When you want to go auto-focus, the lens snaps to focus in an instant. No complaints there at all. All in all, a very satisfying performer.
So what are the downsides? If you're used to consumer grade lenses, be warned that this is lens is bigger and heavier than what you've grown accustomed to. It is about 1.5 pounds and about 4.5 inches long. Doesn't sound like much but you'll feel the difference if this is the first pro-grade lens you've ever used. (On a sidenote: buy an Op/Tech neoprene strap and your camera/lens will feel much lighter!)
Price is another downside. Is it worth the $1100 used / $1300 new price? Only you can decide that but if you're a Nikon shooter, there is no better mid-range zoom out there. There are alternatives, though. Tamron has a 17-50 f/2.8, Tokina is close to releasing a 16-50 f/2.8, and Sigma has an 18-50 f/2.8. All of these are under $500 new and are very close to the Nikon's performance. Is the Nikon optically better than all these lenses? Arguably yes. Is the Nikon over twice better? I would say no, but you do have to pay more for incremental quality.
In the end, it's up to you if this lens is worth it. This lens performs like a champ (as it should for this price). I would highly recommend it; just be sure to check out the third party lenses too.
The original package includes a soft lens case, front and rear caps, and a petal shaped hood. The filter size for this lens is 77mm. Enjoy and happy shooting!
This lens is a must have for pro-shooters and semi-pros like me. I think the weight issue many users whine about is a non-issue. They should try carrying a medium format rig around, that is some REAl weight. I was considering getting either this lens or the 18-200mm VR(the $600 dollar lens currently selling for close to $1000 because of supply problems), but went with this one instead and I am glad I did. The 2.8 aperture allows for really fast AF and hence really sharp pictures when shooting many shots in succession. VR would be nice but the lens at 55mm is only a short telephoto and VR is unnecessary(if you have a resonably steady hand). This lens is pricey ($1200+ new) but can be picked up used(on ebay of course at a great price, approx. $900+). The bokeh(google this if you need to) is amazing. Not many lens can top it in this category. I already won a local photo compeitition with a randomn shot I took of a normal everyday pinecone. The bokeh caused the judges to go wow. The lens is already starting to pay for itself. The 3X zoom range is limited on this lens but the 17mm end is ideal for landscapes and the 55mm end is ideal for portraits. IF shooting wildlife you're out of luck here. If budget is a big consideration like it is for most of us out there, get the 18-200mm VR, but only after the supply problems are worked out and the price drops back down to the $600 level. I am sick of dealers stockpiling and gouging the customer with prices way above the list price.