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. With its impressive build quality and its unbelievable sharpness, it's a must for anyone's bag - if you can swallow that price tag. It seemed to matter very little whether I was at 17mm or 55mm, I noticed no easily visible distortion at either end.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
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 improvement comes at a price.
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. A super-fast and silent AF system featuring a maximum aperture of 2.8 round out the offering. You'll definitely be getting what you pay for - if you can swallow the price tag.
Read on for the full review!
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Very good sharpness in the centre at f/2.8, Excellent across the frame when stopped down, Tank-like build quality, Fast autofocus, Low falloff for a f/2.8 zoom
Cons: High CA levels, Not as sharp towards the edges of the frame at f/2.8, Expensive
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. 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.
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. The center performance is nothing short of stellar but the borders are a little worse than desirable at 24mm @ f/2.8 and at 55mm (for such a lens).
Summary: This professional quality, mid-range zoom lens has been designed specifically for the 'APS-C' sized sensors used in all of Nikon's DSLR cameras and is quite a different beast from the 18-55mm lens supplied with the D50 camera reviewed in this issue. Covering a picture angle equivalent to 25.5~82.5mm on a 35mm camera, it maintains its fast f2.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range, giving it a big advantage over the cheaper optic for photographers who shoot in dim...