Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX

Ian Andrews has recently posted a his review on Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX, The world’s first constant f/2.8 3.2x zoom lens developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format, at Ephotozine and writes:


“In summary, the positive points of the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX are: Excellent wide-open performance, especially at the wider focal length, Good build quality, Excellent contrast and colour rendition, Good hood included

The negative points area are: Disappointing control of distortion at the wide end, Price, although value for money is relative, Hood useless with on board flashes.

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.”


– 3.2x zoom covers from a wide angle of 79 degrees to a narrow angle of 28 degrees 50 minutes (equivalent to 25.5mm to 85.5mm for 35mm format) and is ideal for architecture, landscape, groups shots and portraits.
– DX design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors
– Nikon DX design produces a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, lighter weight and optimal image quality from center-to edge-to-corner on the image
– 3 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration and provide higher resolution and superior contrast
– 3 Aspherical lens elements for minimized distortion
– Lightweight and compact design: similar to 17-35mm f/2.8 lens
– Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
– [M/A] and [M] modes allow rapid switching between AF and MF operation
– Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
– Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
– Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
– G Type DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models

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