Conclusion: If you are looking to invest in some serious glass, then I have to say that the Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 F/2.8 G IF-ED is a fantastic choice for the serious hobbyist to the professional photographer.
Conclusion: Nikon recommend this lens for use as a standard on their top end cameras and with an approximate 30% improvement on performance over the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 we can see why. With lens quality fast becoming the limiting factor where top end digital imaging is concerned, 30% is a big step, but the...
Pros: Excellent wide-open performance, especially at the wider focal length, Good build quality., Excellent contrast and colour rendition., Good hood included
Cons: Disappointing control of distortion at the wide end., Price, although value for money is relative., Hood useless with on board flashes.
Excerpt: Handling and features This professional grade optic for Nikon DX format digital SLRs provides an angle of view equivalent to a 25.5-82.5mm lens on a 35mm camera. This lens also sports a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the range, a silent wave focusing motor and costs around £1065.
Summary: Nikkor brings us a top-quality gold-ring (professional-grade) lens with the AF-S DX 17-55mm F/2.8 G IF-ED. Sharp as a tack with exceptional build quality, its metal-body and rubber sealing to prevent against dust and humidity speak to its quality.
Summary: It may cost a lot, but the amount of features – such as the high build, SWM and fast f/2.8 aperture – definitely puts this lens in a professional category. The high optical performance is also a bonus, and Nikon owners will be proud to own such a great lens.
Pros: Good build quality, Sonic Wave Motor, fast f/2.8 aperture
Cons: Slower Sonic Wave Motor than comparable Canon lens
Conclusion: 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.
Cons: chromatic aberration a bit too visible, especially for f/2.8,, big size and weight.
Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED DX - Review / Test Report
31 October 2008
Conclusion: The Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX is a professional grade lens and it certainly shows up regarding its exceptionally high build quality as well as very fast AF speed. Optically it is, without doubt, a very good lens but it has a few issues.
Excerpt: Once again showing their commitment to the DX format, Nikon have produced this professional quality standard zoom lens. It is not small and it is certainly not cheap, so what has it got going for it? We take a look.
Pros: In summary, the positive points of the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX are:, Excellent wide-open performance, especially at the wider focal length, Good build quality., Excellent contrast and colour rendition., Good hood included
Cons: The negative points are:, Disappointing control of distortion at the wide end., Price, although value for money is relative., Hood useless with on board flashes.