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Nikkor 17-55mm review roundup
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Nikkor 17-55mm IF-EDThe DX Nikkor concept of ultra wide-angle lenses for use with DX-format digital SLRs has been extended with the announcement of two new models – the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55m f/2.8G IF-ED and a breakthrough digital fisheye the AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED. The new lenses join the AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED to offer a variety of creative wide-angle optics designed for all Nikon D series Digital SLR cameras. The AF-S DX Zoom- Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED is a flexible, wide-angle zoom designed for general photography with a picture angle equivalent to 25.5-82.5mm in 135 format. The DX optical design enables a high 3.2 zoom ratio with a fast aperture of f/2.8, without sacrificing performance or handling. Incorporating three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical (for reduced distortion) elements in the 14-element, 10-group construction.

By Thom reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"Autofocus is very fast and hunt-free. The f/2.8 aperture helps make low-light focus even better. (This, by the way, is one of two areas in which the decision between the 17-55mm and the 18-70mm DX lens should be made. While the latter is a decent performer and holds its own against the more expensive lens being reviewed here in most respects, you will notice autofocus speed differences as you get into dimmer and dimmer light. The more light that gets to the AF sensors, the better, and that's one of the reasons why you opt for the f/2.8 over the f/3.5-4.5. At 55mm and f/2.8, this lens focuses noticeably more sure than the 18-70mm at 55mm and f/4.5, especially on the D70 and D100, but even on the D2h.)"
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Photozone reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"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). The level of CAs, distortions as well as vignetting is quite typical for a lens in this class but then thing aren't substantially better either. So all-in-all there may be a few question marks regarding the price/performance ratio of this lens (but then you always tend to pay excessively more for a little more quality)."
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Lars Troels reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"The 17-55'er has very good resolution, colors, contrast and sharpness in general. There is, as allready mentioned very very little difference. When you start postprocessing as f.ex USM in Photoshop, it becomes a little more clear that there is a tiny little difference. I had a AF-S Nikkor 18-70/3,5-4,5 in a simular test a while ago, and there really is quite a jump up to the professional lenses. Both with regards to vignetting and distortions, which is a lot more dominant on the 18-70'eren. It still is a fine lens for the money."
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EPhotozine reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"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. If you earn your living from your camera, then this lens is well worth considering but if not, and you don’t need the low light performance, the laws of diminishing returns may well come into play."
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Ryan Brenizer reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"If you're going to spend your life shooting at f/8-f/11, get a cheaper lens. You can find used 18-70mm lenses for a song now, and they're fantastic in that range. You get this lens because you need the speed, so it HAS to perform well at f/2.8. And boy, does it. Extremely sharp, fantastic contrast, stunning clarity -- it's hard to come up with superlatives for how good its wide-open performance is. It's hard to see an improvement when you stop down -- not that there isn't any (it's ludicrous at f/5.6), but it's so good to begin with."
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Pop Photo reviewed AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm and wrote:
"The most optically capable and physically rugged “normal” range zoom you can buy for a Nikon DLSR, this gun is large, heavy, and unquestionably expensive. If there’s a chance you’ll trade up to a full-frame DSLR or migrate to film, pass on it. For other Nikon DSLR shooters with adequately deep pockets, this sharp, fast, (almost) distortion-free all-purpose lens, with its nigh-perfect zoom spread for people pictures and outdoor photography, will be hard to resist."
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Press release:

The DX Nikkor concept of ultra wide-angle lenses for use with DX-format digital SLRs has been extended with the announcement of two new models – the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55m f/2.8G IF-ED and a breakthrough digital fisheye the AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED. The new lenses join the AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED to offer a variety of creative wide-angle optics designed for all Nikon D series Digital SLR cameras.

Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED
Nikkor 17-55mm

The AF-S DX Zoom- Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED is a flexible, wide-angle zoom designed for general photography with a picture angle equivalent to 25.5-82.5mm in 135 format. The DX optical design enables a high 3.2 zoom ratio with a fast aperture of f/2.8, without sacrificing performance or handling. Incorporating three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical (for reduced distortion) elements in the 14-element, 10-group construction.

Designed to offer increased telephoto range over the popular AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D ED, the new lens also incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for near-silent, high-speed AF.

In a further move to expand the opportunities for creative photography with digital sensors the new AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 G ED provides a true 180-degree picture angle.

Capable of being focused down to just 14cm, the lens displays the incredible depth of field and unique perspective characteristics of traditional fisheye lenses with a useful additional digital bonus. Digital Fisheye images captured in NEF (Raw) format can now be automatically corrected using a new function of Nikon’s Professional image editing software Nikon Capture 4.

The characteristic fisheye distortions effect can be minimised to deliver rectangular ultra wide images if desired.

Both DX Nikkors exhibit extremely low coma and lateral aberration, and improved MTF over their respective 135-format cousins, the AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8G IF-ED and the AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D.

DX Nikkors project an image circle tailored to the digital sensor format consistently used in all of Nikon D series SLR cameras; The D1, D1X, D1H, D100 and latest D2H.

As with all new Nikkors, the DX lenses adhere to the latest environmental friendly glass manufacturing standards.

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