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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Pros: build quality, weight(I like when lens is heavy)
Summary: Without even considering myself as THE great connoisseur of Photography (in fact, the opposite), may I say that I'm just a regular guy who, like many others out there, wants to get the best of his lenses, trying to overcome technical, financial and other restrictions applied in advance.