Excerpt: Traded up to this lens from nikkor 18-200 dx on the basis of third party reviews promising razor sharp resolution, at the expense of more weight and less range. My conclusion: unless my particular unit needs calibration of some kind, it is not significantly sharper than the lens it replaced , at half the price. Quality justifies the pricetag, and weight is not unreasonable.
Excerpt: This lens has a classic history as a great photo journalist lens. However, my copy was not very sharp. In fact the Nikon 16-85mm VR blew it away at every aperture. I suspect I got a bad copy of the lens. Adorama was wonderful and took the lens back with no questions. [...
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Still debating on if I like this lens. Maybe it's user error or maybe I was just expecting to much from this lens considering the price I paid. Pros - Well build, fast Cons - At time has trouble focusing on a subject, not consistant and does not have VR As I said, maybe its me but I get better results with my 50 mm 1.8.
Excerpt: I bought this lenses for taking photos while walking the sidelines of the football games and for taking indoor photos at parties and other celebrations. In good lighting, this lens delivers, but in low light it struggles to focus, focus is slow and inconsistent. I am forced to use a flash even in decent lighting, but the standard flash on my d300 casts a shadow on the subject. I thought this lens would be my walking around lens, but definitely not at night.
Excerpt: Maybe it's partly my fault for putting this lens on an ultra light D5000 body. As soon as I did I felt that I made a big mistake. The lens is clearly very well made, but it is handicapped by not having VR. If it did I'm sure I would have kept it, despite the punitive price tag and burdensome weight. Believe it or not, this lens narrowly squeaks past the cheap VR kit lens in IQ.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good studio performer, Great wedding lens, Improves Picture Quality
Cons: AF slower than kit lens, Better be a weight lifter, Nice bokeh, No VR-that's a biggie
Excerpt: This lens has excellent build quality and the expected weight of a pro level lens. I shoot mostly wedding and family portraiture and this lens does not deliver the sharpness I want. I also own the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens and it delivers outstanding picture quality. I expected the same from this pro level lens. I tried several different lighting situations and F-Stop ranges on my D300. It just doesn't deliver the quality I want for my images.
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Build Quality
Cons: No Increase In Performance, Not Pro Level Quality
Excerpt: I bought this item Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 for my Nikon D90 in a sense of the reviews is quite perfect and everything I read are saying that this item is sharp in everyway. But I think I get a bad copy of this item because after I test it for almost 3 days adjusting everything in my camera like the diopter, etc. I found that the image is not sharp as well as the edges, & this type of lens is not suitable for my taste.
Conclusion: This is very good build lens, but to expensive because it's only DX lens. It's just little better then Sigma 18-50 2,8 and Tokina 16-50 2,8 and same as Tamron 17-50 2,8 in therms of optical quality. Lens is way worse than Tamron 28-75 2,8, Sigma 24-70 2,8, Nikkor 24-70 2,8 and Nikkor 28-70 2,8. Price in Croatia €1650 and that is to expensive comparing with €420 for Tamron 17-50 2,8 and 17-50 €510 for Sigma 18-50 2,8 HSM.
Pros: build quality, weight(I like when lens is heavy)