Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Super Wide Angle Zoom Nikkor Lens - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 17-35mm

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 fastconstant 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 Professional D Series Digital SLR's, 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 zoomon 35mm (135) film format

The Nikon 17-35mm is commonly used for Art, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Night photography, Photojournalism, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings and more.The Nikon 17-35mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 17-35mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 17-35mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (63),Strong construction (54),Consistent output (39),Durable (35),Rugged (33),Easily interchangeable (24),Nice bokeh (14),Clear glass (7),Easily mounted (7),Lightweight (7),Simple controls (7)
Heavy (23)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (34),Night photography (26),Low light (21),Weddings (16),General purpose (11),Landscape photography (11),Travel (11),Photojournalism (9),Sports/action (8),Fun (7),Documentary (6),Video (6) Art (5),Wildlife photos (4),Special effects (4),Macro photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (16),Enthusiast (13),Photo enthusiast (13),Pro photographer (4),Semi-professional (4),Professional (3)

Nikon 17-35mm Features

  • Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor for swift and quiet autofocus operation withthe current SLR's
  • 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.
  • 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

Nikon 17-35mm Specifications

10 Groups/ 13 Elements 2ED
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
1 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.4 x 5 "
26.3 oz.
ED glass element, Internal Focusing
Mfr #

Nikon 17-35mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Nikon's Most Versatile Ultra Wide Lens

For those of you researching which wide angle lens to buy before plunking down your hard earned cash, please allow me to point out a few things learned by experience. I shoot primarily landscape images, so wide angle lenses are constantly in my bag. I shoot quite a few moving water shots, where I use a polarizer and variable neutral density filter to get the longer exposures to obtain the effect I am looking for. Having multiple lenses is great, if you don't mind lugging them around and can a...

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For those of you researching which wide angle lens to buy before plunking down your hard earned cash, please allow me to point out a few things learned by experience. I shoot primarily landscape images, so wide angle lenses are constantly in my bag. I shoot quite a few moving water shots, where I use a polarizer and variable neutral density filter to get the longer exposures to obtain the effect I am looking for. Having multiple lenses is great, if you don't mind lugging them around and can afford them. But if you only wish to buy one wide angle zoom lens, read on - this may help you make a decision. After trading in some old primes and a 28-85mm zoom, I purchased the 14-24mm f2.8. It is an excellent lens - even the Canon users buy it, as Canon has nothing that can touch it. Clarity, bokeh are outstanding. I love this lens. For an ultra-wide, in my opinion, there is no equal. That said, it does have limitations. The front element is large and convex, and there is no front element protection if you aren't careful. You cannot attach filters (the screw-in type) to the front of this lens. As of this writing, you can purchase an adapter from Lee for a substantial amount of money - if they are available. Then there is buying filters to use in that adapter. More money. There is also the issue of light reflecting off the rear of the filters in front of the lens element. Annoying to say the least. If you use filters in the field as I do (saves time in post capture) this is really a strong point to consider. I also have the excellent 24-70mm f2.8. Another exceptional lens, and this one is on my camera most of the time, if I'm only going to carry one lens. I'm very happy with it. I won't review this lens in it's entirety here, you can read the reviews under its column. This lens has the ability to attach filters to the front of the lens, but I have vignetting issues when using a couple of my filters - even with the thin rings. The vignetting seems to disappear around 28 mm, but when using this lens wide and for multiple image panoramas, the vignetting does cause extra work, post capture, especially when stitching those images together. Something to be aware of. I found that photographing in some tight creekside areas, I just couldn't get wide enough and needed the extra few millimeters on the wide-side that the 24-70mm or my 24mm prime didn't have. The 14-24mm would work, but I could not use any filters to extend the exposure time. Enter the 17-35mm. I had strongly considered the 17-35mm when I purchased the 14-24mm. Through use, I have experienced that the 14-24mm is more of a specialty lens, which is great - but it does have its limits. Needing to fill the void of not being able to use filters on the 14-24mm but needing wider view than that of the 24-70mm, I bought the 17-35mm. After using this lens now for 6 months, I have found that the majority of my recent wide angle shots have been taken with this lens. Build quality is excellent. It feels solid, focuses well on auto (although I use mostly manual - old habits are hard to kick) and is very sharp. There is a little distortion at 17mm, but if it bothers you, that can be corrected easily in Photoshop. With filters installed ( SinghRay Vari-ND and polarizer ) there is only very slight vignetting at 17mm, and completely gone by 19mm. If you using only one filter, there is none, even at 17mm. Nikon also has the 16-35mm f4, and it has VR (vibration reduction), which to me is not a big deal. It's a little longer, a little lighter and about $500 less than the 17-35mm. It gets good reviews, and although I have not used one, I do subscribe to the "You get what you pay for" mantra. The 17-35mm is one of Nikon's pro-lenses, the 16-35 is not. Nikon Pro Glass is top quality - 'nuff said. Nice to have the f2.8 as well for those smooth blurry backgrounds or less light when needed. Now that all that has been said, the 17-35mm would have been a better choice for an ultra-wide, and should have been my first choice. Don't get me wrong, I love my 14-24mm too - I just don't use it as much. It's a lot of coin to have sitting in your camera bag, yet unbeatable on those rare occasions when conditions are right and you really need it. However, you will have to decide what your primary use for a wide angle lens will be, what if any accessories (filters, hoods) you will be using, and what your budget will allow. Personally, I think the 17-35mm is a much more versatile and usable lens. Bottom line - If you only can afford one wide angle zoom lens, in my humble opinion, the 17-35mm f2.8 is the ticket. Would I recommend it to a friend? I think I just did.


Most Liked Negative Review



While the quality of the lens manufacture is high I've have focus problems on both the F100 and the D7000 bodies. In both cases the camera will not fire because the autofocus did not find a focus point. The lens focus bounces back and forth without finding the sweet spot. This is not because of low light or lack of strong objects to select within the array of autofocus sensors. It always takes a touch of the manual focus ring for the lens to find the sweet spot. Any thoughts?

Reviewed by 114 customers


consistent quality


from Scarsdale, New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

general photography

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic lens at a great price !


from Boston, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Every advertised description / rating of this lens was "spot on" !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A must lens!!


from DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just outstanding!!!! Very durable, accurate and sweeeeet lens. A must lens for any serious photographer.


Lived up to it's promise


from San Francisco  -  Photography Student

It looks and functions extremely well. Only very slight flaw is with the lens's difficult to place properly requiring only a greater attention to its attachment. a very minor complaint for the high quality and great price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent short zoom


from Professional photographer, Clifton Park (Albany burb) New York.

I have had this lens only a short time, however I have made many images with available light (f2.8) and daylight work with apps of f4-5.6 at much of the zoom range. Sharpness is excellent, compact lens, a little heavy but that adds to stability of shooting in low light and low shutter speeds (as low as 1/10th sec) hand held rendering sharp images. I would certainly urge any photog doing photojournalistic or event work to include this lens in your bag. It does take some knowledge of short lenses to get the image you re looking for. Note - I have used another photogs lens of this type prior to purchasing one. For my work it is an "everyday lens!"

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I would buy this item again!!


from DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens performs beautifully, smooth, has a fast focus and feels sturdy. I bought it used since new is a bit in the pricey side, but it is worth every cent. A must have lens.


I like the lens, but disappointed.


from Undisclosed

Nice clear lens takes great pictures. I just disappointed that it squeaks and it is common problem with this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Truly Excellent


from Seattle, Washington  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great lens. Nikon has newer lenses that are about the same but this one is made of metal. It is a classic and does exactly what I needed. I'll have it forever.


To date lens exceeds all expectations!


from Orange County, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased to shoot swimming pool and backyard hardscapes. In full sun and low light this lens provides professional dynamic frames. Stunning image clarity mated with D600.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


General professional walk-around lens


from Ankara/Ankara Province, Turkey

I bought this lens a year ago and it's pretty useful in landscapes, street photography and indoor shoots. Unlike 16-35 vignetting and distortion does not bother much, and can be easily corrected in Photoshop. I use a D800 and I've seen some comments that this lens is not sharp which I don't agree. If you want a general professional walk-around lens this one is yours.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROBERT R  I wanted to add a fairly fast, wide angle lens to my camera bag. I used it in Death Valley and I like it.
S W  You'll laugh, but I found these two lenses in my basement. Apparently forgot about them, but are now happily using them. But I must have bought them ages ago, Right? (I don't see a serial number on either lens.) When were they introduced?
Terrance M  I have both of these lens and they work great. If they work well for you I don't see date of manufacture as being important. Happy shooting!
Harold H  I take a lot of photos of gymnastic meets. Will this lens take fast action shots close up with out blurring? I want to use it on the Nikon D7100 that I recently bought.
Terrance M  This is a wide angle lens, you will have to be very close to your subject or your photo will be of a larger area then you want. This lens is fast and very clear, be sure to use a fast shutter speed and high ISO for inside photos. Good Shooting!
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