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Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8D IF-ED review roundup
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Nikkor 17-35mm reviewsThe AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED is an ultra-wideangle zoom
lens that offers a range of professional-level features for overall
superior performance. In addition to boasting the shortest
closest-focusing distance in its class - 0.28m (0.9 ft.) throughout the
entire zoom range - the lens also features a fast constant maximum
aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths. It is ideal for photojournalism
and general professional-level photographic needs.

Ken Rockwell reviewed Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AFS and wrote:
"Except for the minor and occasional autofocus-error induced softness at 28mm I saw in only one out of four samples, this is a spectacular lens that outperforms Nikon's fixed-focal length lenses. How can it do that? Simple: most of those fixed lenses were designed 10 to 20 years ago for the relatively primitive manufacturing techniques available in the 1980s. This zoom benefits greatly from the manufacturing advances made in the past 20 years that allow mass production of aspheric elements. For instance, the current 20mm f/2.8D AF lens uses the same conventional spherical optics introduced in 1984 in the 20mm f/2.8 AI-s manual focus lens."
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Vivid light reviewed Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AFS and wrote:
"There is no doubt that this is an excellent lens - capable of producing some stunning images.   If you're a Nikon user and you're Jonesing for a lens out at the far edge of wide angles we'd have no problems recommending this lens as the way to scratch your itch."
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Nelson Tan reviewed Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AFS and wrote:
"I am a bit ambivalent about the 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S lens. The price seems so ridiculously high, yet when one handles the lens and sees the razor-sharp results that it produces, it becomes crystal clear why photographers are willing to splurge a fortune to get their hands on it. The AFS is a luxury on this lens, because we probably don't need such a fast motor on a wide-angle, or at least that is what we tell ourselves. But when you squeeze the shutter release halfway and feel the buttery-smooth yet blistering fast AF, you forget all your reasoning and say "yes, I want AFS!". Personally, I wouldn't mind spending on this lens - not for the AFS alone, but for the incredible optics that it offers. I do not usually heap the highest praises on a single product, but this is the finest ultra wide-angle lens around. Even if you have the money, you will still have to join the waiting list for this lens."
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Oleg Novikov reviewed Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AFS and wrote:
"Once again, this lens is pretty much as good as lenses get at the present stage of lens design and production technology. If you need and can afford it, just get one. Upon that, simply remember its distortion and light fall-off signatures to get the best out of it depending on each particular task."
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By Thom reviewed Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AFS and wrote:
"To me the worst performance factor of this lens is the bokeh (visual quality of out of focus areas), and even that is something I'd characterize as good. Near out-of-focus areas tend to have a slight unpleasantness to them, though far out-of-focus areas seem fine. While the lens has the 9-blade aperture diaphragm that is usually associated with better bokeh on the Nikkors, I note that my sample tends to have one point that has a hard joint in it, making for a round-with-a-small-defect opening. Perhaps that's what is making the out-of-focus highlights "pop an edge" and make me like the bokeh less than usual (I've noticed this defect on other samples, by the way). In short, I'm not enamored by the bokeh of this lens and am glad that its rare that you try to isolate focus with a wide angle zoom. Most of the time I'm using hyperfocal focus or maximizing depth of field, so bokeh isn't a big issue."
Read whole review here

Press release:

Nikon Corporation is proud to announce the introduction of two new professional Nikkor lenses - the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED, and the PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D, a medium telephoto Nikkor lens with a tilt/shift mechanism and macro capability.

The AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED is an ultra-wideangle zoom lens that offers a range of professional-level features for overall superior performance. In addition to boasting the shortest closest-focusing distance in its class - 0.28m (0.9 ft.) throughout the entire zoom range - the lens also features a fast constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths. It is ideal for photojournalism and general professional-level photographic needs.

This new lens also features Nikon’s exclusive built-in Silent Wave Motor for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation, as well as ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and aspherical lens elements in a new optical design.

Other features include M/A mode, which lets users switch quickly from automatic to manual focusing, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag. Plus, the lens drive operation consumes no power during manual focusing.

Used with Nikon’s new Professional D1 Digital SLR, the image reproduction ratio will be identical to that of a Nikon 35mm SLR, but for the 23.7mm x 15.6mm CCD, the lens’ effective coverage will be equivalent to using a 25.5mm to 52.5mm zoom on 35mm (135) film format.

Nikon’s new PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D is equipped with a tilt/shift mechanism that allows photographers the flexibility to manipulate image perspective, distortion and focus.

The lens, which offers 1:2 life-size macro capability, is ideal for commercial photographers who shoot tabletop product photos — especially useful with Nikon’s new Professional D1 Digital SLR (the lens’ effective coverage will be equivalent to using a 127.5mm on 35mm [135] film format). Other important features include Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating and Close-Range Correction system for outstanding optical performance and superior colour reproduction.

Together, these two new lenses represent a significant addition to the professional Nikkor lens lineup, offering serious photographers enhanced shooting flexibility for a range of applications.

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED Major Features

    * Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor for swift and quiet autofocus operation with the Nikon F5, F4, F100, F90X/N90s, F90/N90, F70/N70, PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i, PRONEA S, Nikon Digital Camera E2/E3 series and D1 SLRs.
    * Newly designed optical system ensures superior optical performance.
    * Two types of aspherical lens - moulded-glass (two elements) and hybrid - minimise distortion at the periphery.
    * Constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths.
    * Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements minimise chromatic aberration, provide higher resolution and superior contrast.
    * High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior colour reproduction, while minimising ghost and flare.
    * Rounded diaphragm opening (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
    * 0.28m (0.9 ft.) closest focusing distance throughout the full zoom range.
    * IF (Internal Focusing) permits fast AF operation and a closer focusing distance.
    * M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag.
    * New easy-to-use design with simulated leather finish for superior grip.
    * No power is required for manual focusing which is smooth, fluid and easy.
    * Filter attachment does not rotate during focusing and zooming.
    * Dedicated lens hood effectively minimises stray light.
    * Dust- and water drop-resistant design.

Note:
Nikon N90s, N90, N70 and PRONEA 6i cameras are exclusively sold in U.S.A.

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED Specifications

Focal length: 17mm to 35mm
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
Picture angle: 104° to 62° (79° to 44°* with Nikon Professional Digital SLR camera D1)
Focus distance: 0.28m (0.9 ft.) to infinity
Max. reproduction ratio: 1/4.6
Focal length scale: 17mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm
Aperture scale: f/2.8 to f/22
Attachment size: 77mm
Dimensions: Approx. 83mm dia. x 106mm or 3.3 in. dia x 4.2 in.
Weight: Approx. 750g or 26.5 oz.

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