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Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED 35mm Zoom

4.64 star rating
                      4.64 / 5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $62.91


  • Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length17mm - 55mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountNikon
    Closest Focusing Distance14.2 in
    Diaphragm Blades7 Blades
    Picture Angle28.5 - 79 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size77 mm
    Groups / Elements14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter4.4 in
    Length3.4 in
    Weight26.6 oz
    Product ID21376457

Product Description

Exclusively for use with Nikon DX digital SLR Format
  • Silent Wave Motor for ultra-high-speed autofocus, accuracy, and super-quiet operation
  • Aperture range: f/2.8-22
  • Min focus:14.2 inches
  • Internal Focusing
  • D-type design provides distance information for flash and ambient exposure
  • Compatible with D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100 digital SLRs
  • Lens hood included


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike Maione a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007

    Strengths:    Excellent quality, fast, sharp, solid and sturdy. Good feel in hand.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    I like this lens. It is sharp at all f-stops and focuses fast. When I want a quality image I don't hesitate to put this lens on my camera. My only complaints are weight and zoom range. It's a 2.8 so it is a big (read heavy) lens. You won't want to use is as a knock around lens. It just a little too big and heavy. My other complaint is the 55mm length is just a little too short for my liking. I wish it went to 70mm.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   buydig.com

    Similar Products Used:   70-200 mm vr
    nikon kit lens


    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dave Perkes a Professional

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

    Strengths:    • Build quality
    • Image quality
    • Sharpness
    • Fast aperture at all focal lengths
    • No significant distortion
    • Its heavy and stable to hold


    Weaknesses:    • None

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this lens after several months of using the do it all Nikon 18-200VR which I found useful but quite disappointing for critical use.

    I wished that I had bought this fine lens a long time ago. With its fast aperture, sharpness and tough build quality it is a perfect picture taking tool. There is only minimal wide anglle distortion. Colour, contrast and sharpness is the best.

    Its costly for sure: but with the solid metal body and weather sealing it will last forever.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $1450.00

    Purchased At:   Miami Photo, Kuala L

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 18-200 VR
    Nikon 18-35
    Nikon 80-200 F2.8 VR
    Sigma 12-24


    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by H.a.d a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: October 14, 2006

    Strengths:    heavy(i love it this way),very very sharp..Great colors and contrast

    Weaknesses:    No Weaknesses (maybe just the price- but iven if the lens was selling for $2000 a would of buy it because 17-55 is Perfect

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this Lens...I use it daily. It's a great lens never let me down. I'm a photojournalist that mean that i use my equipment alot and the 17-55 always work great. i love this lens for the colors,sharpmess and contrast!!! IT's a perfect len,one of the best Nikons today.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Nikon shop in Israel

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR AF-s...Nikon 300 F/2.8...Nikon 85 f/1.4

    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ilia Yefimovich a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2006

    Strengths:    IT's sharp sharp sharp
    IT's fest fest fest
    I love weight of the lens:):)


    Weaknesses:    THE price i think

    Bottom Line:   
    The lens is Great. One of my favorite lenses. It very very very sharp and fast.
    I love the weight of the lens. It better than Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 that i used alot on film:)
    And it's alot sharper that nikon 20-35 f/2.8,it almost as sharp as Nikon 85mm f/1.4


    I lOVE IT SO MUSH:)

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Nikon shop in Israel

    Similar Products Used:   Similar in sharpness-Nikon 85 f/1.4


    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Vince a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2006

    Strengths:    Sharp, fast focusing and build quality.

    Weaknesses:    Weigh,t price and no VR

    Bottom Line:   
    For a digital Nikon this is probably the best standard zoom around but not the best value for money and it's heavier than the competition. For me a wide constant maximum aperture is a big consideration. I had the Sigma 18-50 2.8 and was very happy but the focusing was just a little sluggish and noisy sometimes. Since this was the lens range I used most often I treated myself to the Nikon. It is very sharp and focusing is definitely quicker and the slight extra range is more apparent than I thought it would be. However it's bukier and heavier and much more expensive. Even with this short focal length and a 2.8 apeture VR would be nice.

    I can't tell any difference in picture quality but they are both very good, I imagine a test chart would reveal something.

    So in summary if you must have the best and woieght isn't a huge factor then get this one, otherwise save a good few hundred pounds and get the lighter cheaper Sigma. If the Sigma had the HSM focusing of the 10-20 I'd switch back.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $1040.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Sigma 18-50 2.8 EX

    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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