Excerpt: This is one of the best wide angle you can get. The reason I settled for this over 14-24 was to ensure all my filters (4x6 & 77mm) to work. When compared to the color and contrast that you can get with 14-24, this one is not as good. But with a little PP you can get it similar results eventually.
Excerpt: I saved for this lens for years. It replaces the 24mm 2.8 and the 50mm 1.8 for my everyday use. I used both of these lenses nearly every day on three different bodies (starting with film F100) over the course of the past 12 years. They're the cheapest and greatest lenses.
Summary: I have owned this lens for about 2 1/2 years and it has been the best wide angle lens I have ever used. 17-35mm is a good range whether using the full size FX format or more limited DX format.