Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Lens F/DSLR Cameras - Grey Market


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About Nikon 17-55mm

Developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras, this lightweight, compact zoom lens is an excellent match for the new Nikon D2H digital SLR camera. The 17-55mm range exceeds 3x zoom to broaden wide angle to medium telephoto photographic possibilities, and the lens maintains fast f/2.8 aperture throughout to make it practical and easy to use. When mounted on any of the Nikon D2H, D1-series or D100 digital SLR cameras, the picture angle is the equivalent to 25.5 to 82.5mm on a 35mm [135] format camera.

The range and image quality makes this the lens professionals and advanced enthusiasts will use most with Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras for shooting portraits and close-ups, as well as nature studies. It also complements the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED lens in Nikon's expanding DX Nikkor lens lineup.

Nikon established yet stricter evaluation standards for the new lens, and it achieves greater picture resolution as a result. The newly developed optical system employed includes three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration and three aspherical lenses that minimize distortion. Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet autofocus. And the nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening provides a rich, natural look to out-of-focus elements. With its useful wide range and high quality performance, this compact, lightweight lens will help win a warm place for the Nikon DX format in the hearts of Digital SLR users.

Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm [135] format or IX240 format film cameras
This new DX Nikkor lens' true focal length is 17-55mm with a picture angle that will vary from 79° at 17mm to 28°50' at 55mm. The combination of reduced picture angle and a smaller image circle enabled the creation of this compact, lightweight DX Nikkor lens that covers a range from wide-angle to portrait and medium telephoto shots.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (80),Fast / accurate auto-focus (74),Durable (55),Consistent output (49),Rugged (47),Easily interchangeable (27),Easily mounted (13),Clear glass (11),Simple controls (11),Lightweight (7),Easy to clean (5),Easy to use (4) Improves picture quality (4),Quiet (3) View All
Heavy (42),Nice bokeh (28)
Best Uses:
Weddings (41),Low light (35),Landscape/scenery (33),Night photography (31),General purpose (25),Portraits (19),Sports/action (16),Documentary (10),Photojournalism (10),Travel (10),Art (8),Fun (7) Wildlife photos (6),Upgrade (5),Wildlife (5),Landscape photography (4),Macro photography (4),Professional work (4),Shooting indoors (4),Shooting outdoors (4),Video (4),Landscapes (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (21),Semi-pro photographer (21),Enthusiast (14),Semi-professional (9),Professional (8),Pro photographer (5),Casual photographer (3)

Nikon 17-55mm Features

  • The world's first constant f/2.8 3.2x zoom lens developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX Format
  • 3.2x zoom covers from a wide angle of 79° to a narrow angle of 28° 50' (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
  • Fully Compatible with D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100

Nikon 17-55mm Specifications

14 elements in 10 groups
Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Lens: 3 Elements
Aspherical Lens: 3 Elements All Glass
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Note: DX lenses are not recommended for use with "full-frame" digital or 35mm film SLR cameras
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Angle of view
Picture Angle : 79° to 28° at 50 ft.
Focal Length: 17-55mm
F stop range
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum F stop: 22
Closest Focusing Distance
14.2 in. to infinity
Maximum Magnification
Max. Reproduction Ratio: 1/5 (0.20)
Filter Size
Lens Hood: Included
Case: Soft case: Included
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 3.4 x 4.4 inches
Approx. 26.6 oz.
Focusing Type: Internal Focus

Nikon 17-55mm Reviews

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Reviewed by 155 customers


If you only own one lense - own this one.


from New Zealand

This lens has been of great use to me in my work as a location scout. It never comes off my DX format Nikon! 17-55mm is a very useful range, perfect for low light interior shots, bokeh-licious portraits, and beautiful landscapes. It focusses quickly and accurately. Note, as a DX dedicated lens I would not recommend using with full frame FX format - vignetting will occur through the entire range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Don't believe other site's criticism


from Bloomington  -  Pro Photographer

OK, gotta add what others haven't. This is my GO-TO lens for professional video. It works great on a video camera using DX-sized APC chips. It outperforms $10K pro lenses I've used on broadcast cameras. Sure, it doesn't zoom in quite as far, but I rarely find that a limitation. It's Æ’2.8 seems to gather as much light than the Æ’1.4's did on native HDTV broadcast chips. And my favorite part? Tack sharp wide-open, even far into the corners. Time for stills? Switch it over to the D7100 and the other reviews tell the rest. Some writers on other forums seem to knock that it hasn't been updated in some fashion, or is too heavy and big, etc., etc. Being a video guy, I'm not afraid of big. And perfection needs no updating. Get it, use it, enjoy the results. ONE WISH LIST ITEM: Video cameras would indeed benefit from image stabilization. While the lens is fast enough to not require the feature for stills, motion media would nevertheless appreciate a little damping of high-frequency jiggling. But, I suspect it would be a challenge to build it in, since it would require power and additional internal electronics for stabilization to work on any brand video body.


Highly recommended


from Allentown, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Real estate photos, portrait work. Auto focus is great, very sharp and focuses well.


outstanding image quality


from franklin nh  -  Photo Enthusiast

it's big ,it's heavy ............most importantly it's always on the d7100. the pictures are amazingly bright and sharp when compared to similar lenses of same focal length and f stop. expensive ? sure is , but you get what you pay for . top quality .

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Tack Sharp


from Undisclosed

This is a must have with your DX SLR compare this to the kit lens and you will throw the kit lens away. It is a professional quality lens and very fast at F2.8. It is my primary portrait lens backed up by a 70 mm to 200mm DX F 2.8 the pair are just about all you would need. It also does a wonderful job for weddings and landscapes. If you haven't purchased this lens yet you have no idea what you are missing!


The best DX lens you can buy!


from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm a photo enthusiast. Recently I bought the Nikon D7100 with the kit lens (18-105). Although the kit lens is pretty decent, it's nearly useless in low light situations. So, after trying almost all DX compatible lenses from Nikon, I decided to buy the 17-55. It produces super sharp images, very nice bokeh, and performs very well in low light conditions. This will probably be the only lens I'll ever own. Undoubtedly this is the best lens anyone can buy. It's not cheap though. But hey, you only live once!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens, although very expensive


from Washington, DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I suppose if you're looking at this lens, you already know it's expensive. I got it used, so I didn't pay full price, but it still cost almost as much as my D7100. I won't go too into the details on this lens, but it is very sharp, very clear, contrasty, etc. it does way a ton, but on the flip-side it is very solidly built. The main aspect of this lens that I love is that it makes me take better pictures. Any fast lens will do this, but if you have a DX camera, this lens is the lens with the widest useful focal range that goes down to f2.8. And that is why you should buy this lens. Shooting with this as opposed to a kit lens that only goes down to f3.5 or higher if you're zoomed in, this lens just makes up for what I lack in photography skills. Now I suppose I could just get better at taking pictures and save some money, but lenses like this (and the 50mm f1.4 that I also have) are just a great shortcut. People look better, colors look better, and your pictures look better when you're shooting with a faster lens, at least in my experience. Can you take pictures that look as good with a $100 kit lens like the 18-55? Absolutely. You just have to be much more talented than I am.


Dream Lens for DX


from Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

can not describe through words.It's perfect.May be one of the best DX lens till date. Go and grab you'll be satisfied.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nice professional lens - excellent quality


from Clifton Park, NY, USA

I use this lens on a D300 and D600 Nikon. I find the lens an excellent choice for my type of photography being photojournalistic, commercial and event. The straight 2.8 holds true and works well under available light photography to include the times when flash is needed. The weight is no problem, I find that a heavier lens balances the camera for hand held usage and slower speeds. Shooting at f2.8 gives me continuous sharp images. BTW, the attached images are cropped, shot with the my opinion, this lens and the D600 is an excellent combination.


Got used from Adorama - Great Lens!


from Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought used from Adorama. Excellent+ condition. Saved over $300. Fast AF. Accuracy and sharpness to match the 24Mp of my Nikon D7100.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
VINCENT K  To get the short dof candid shots on my D7000, I needed the wide aperture zoom in this focal length range. Optical quality is acceptable for my use. Would go to primes if critical.
Shopper  whats gray market?
VINCENT K  Gray market Nikon products are simply Nikon-made products imported independent of the manufacturer's main distributor - Nikon USA. They also handle all the "Nikon warranties"and service. I've owned Nikon products for more than 20 years, never once needed service on any of my lenses, so I felt secure buying a gray market product. They are often less expensive. They're made by Nikon, but has no Nikon USA backed warranty. Not all gray market importers are the same. Choose a seller who is a long standing reputable supplier to pros and serious photogs, when they import a product, they have a reputation to maintain. You may find less expensive sellers, especially on eBay, but not knowing much about them makes them risky.
Shopper  Does the E condition 17-55 Nikon lenses, include caps and hood?
MADELIN C  Yes, both are included.
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