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Nikon 17-55mm: Picture 1 regular $1,536.95

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.



The Nikon 17-55mm is commonly used for Art, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Professional work, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 17-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 17-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 17-55mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Improves picture quality, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

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

Construction
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
77mm
Lens Hood: Included
Case: Soft case: Included
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 3.4 x 4.4 inches
Weight
Approx. 26.6 oz.
Notes
Focusing Type: Internal Focus
Mfr #
2147
SKU
NK1755DXU

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4.7

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86%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great General Purpose or Closeup Lens

I have used this lens exclusively on a Nikon D300. This is a great combination. It works extremely well in lower light closeup situations. Mushrooms and very small plants are two examples of subjects. The color and clarity of the lens for these situations is as good as any. The other combination I use for this type of photography is a Nikkor 24-70mm on a D700. Honestly, in most instances, I can't tell any difference in photo quality. This is a very nice, rugged lens for landscape photography ...

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I have used this lens exclusively on a Nikon D300. This is a great combination. It works extremely well in lower light closeup situations. Mushrooms and very small plants are two examples of subjects. The color and clarity of the lens for these situations is as good as any. The other combination I use for this type of photography is a Nikkor 24-70mm on a D700. Honestly, in most instances, I can't tell any difference in photo quality. This is a very nice, rugged lens for landscape photography too. I lost a strap and my footing in a small creek canyon, dropping the camera and 17-55mm lens into the rocks. It broke the UV filter and put a small scratch into the lens barrel, but otherwise, the lens is fine and as good as it ever was. I highly recommend this lens for general purpose photography on a DX format camera. Distortion and chromatic aboration are non-existence and the bokeh is excellent.

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Not worth the $$

Maybe it's partly my fault for putting this lens on an ultra light D5000 body. As soon as I did I felt that I made a big mistake. The lens is clearly very well made, but it is handicapped by not having VR. If it did I'm sure I would have kept it, despite the punitive price tag and burdensome weight. Believe it or not, this lens narrowly squeaks past the cheap VR kit lens in IQ.

Reviewed by 155 customers

 
4.0

Excellent lens !!

By

Very good lens. Loved the image quality. Colors and contrast are excellent and very predictable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile and a great kit-lens replacement for Nikon DX DSLRs.

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Once you put this on your Nikon DSLR DX body, it will never come off unless you need a wider aperture than f/2.8. The highest retail price on a DX lens is well worth every penny. You have the close-to-similar standard zoom range of 17-55 as the kit lens (18-55mm) that came with your body (unless you got the 18-140mm), but with more bells and whistles in image quality. You can achieve great depths of field (bokeh) to awesome sharp landscape photos at various focal lengths and aperture settings. One of the biggest drawbacks is the weight of the lens. It is definitely heavier than most DX lensesâ€"including the 55-300mm, but no complaints with the quality of photos you're going to get in return. This is definitely my go-to lens in low-light conditions for portraits when a little zoom is needed. I use this lens intermittently between my D5200 and newly added D7200 bodies along with the 35mm f/1.8 prime lens.

 
4.0

If you only own one lense - own this one.

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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)

 
5.0

Don't believe other site's criticism

By

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.

 
5.0

Highly recommended

By

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

 
5.0

outstanding image quality

By

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)

 
5.0

Tack Sharp

By

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!

 
5.0

The best DX lens you can buy!

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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)

 
5.0

Great Lens, although very expensive

By

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.

 
5.0

Dream Lens for DX

By

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.

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Shopper  I must not be doing something right. I just purchased the Nikon 17-55 2.8. I use it on a D7000. I tested the lens thoroughly against the Nikon 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 18-250. In the test I shot the same scenes with the same ISO, Fstop, speed and MM. I shot close up, distances, day shots and night shots. When I compared the pics in Light Room and Photoshop I was not able to see any "significant" difference in the quality of colors or sharpness that would justify a $1,400 lens. What am I missing or what flaw have I used in my testing? My test shots were at 18 and 55 mm. ISO between 200 and 400, speeds at 1/5 to 1/60 for day shots and 2 seconds for indoor night shots. The only thing I have not test yet is high ISO shots such as 1600. Please help me understand what qualities the Nikon 17-55 are suppose to have that I have not tested. Thank you for any comments and help that you can offer.
AYMAN E  hello ... well you answered your own question my friend. There is no difference between the 18-55 and the 17-55 performance except that the 17-55 is a better low light lens which can do what it does in dim light way better than the 18-55. as Ken rockwell says in his website "The Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S is a tough f/2.8 pro lens. If you need a fast midrange zoom, it's the only lens I'd consider for DX cameras. I'd never use a Sigma or Tamron; they always feel so junky in my hands. Personally, I shoot the 35/1.8 DX in low light, and pass on zooms in good light. If I do use a zoom, it's a lighter-weight 18-55mm, or longer-range 18-200mm VR. I wouldn't bother with the hood. I'd leave it at home in the box for resale later. We're all different, which is why Nikon makes so many different lenses. This 17-55/2.8 is a superb lens for anyone who needs a big, fast, tough midrange zoom for DX. For most uses, the all-plastic 18-55mm VR does the same thing for much less money." Google "ken rockwell 17-55" and you will find the article since i cannot paste links here. i personally own the 17-55 and i love it and performs great in dim light for me hope this helps
Jared F  Thank you for the reference to Rockwell. Just to let you know, I did some additional low light tests on the 17-55 and 18-55 kit lens at 1600 and 3200 ISO. I shot both at the same speed and aperture. Both lens produced practically the same picture illumination and both were equally grainy. Therefore the only benefit that I can see to the 17-55 is a much smoother and faster focus. Maybe my D7000 is such an awesome piece of equipment that it makes no difference what lens you use :)
Shopper  I must not be doing something right. I just purchased the Nikon 17-55 2.8. I use it on a D7000. I tested the lens thoroughly against the Nikon 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 18-250. In the test I shot the same scenes with the same ISO, Fstop, speed and MM. I shot close up, distances, day shots and night shots. When I compared the pics in Light Room and Photoshop I was not able to see any "significant" difference in the quality of colors or sharpness that would justify a $1,400 lens. What am I missing or what flaw have I used in my testing? My test shots were at 18 and 55 mm. ISO between 200 and 400, speeds at 1/5 to 1/60 for day shots and 2 seconds for indoor night shots. The only thing I have not test yet is high ISO shots such as 1600. Please help me understand what qualities the Nikon 17-55 are suppose to have that I have not tested. Thank you for any comments and help that you can offer.
AYMAN E  hello ... well you answered your own question my friend. There is no difference between the 18-55 and the 17-55 performance except that the 17-55 is a better low light lens which can do what it does in dim light way better than the 18-55. as Ken rockwell says in his website "The Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S is a tough f/2.8 pro lens. If you need a fast midrange zoom, it's the only lens I'd consider for DX cameras. I'd never use a Sigma or Tamron; they always feel so junky in my hands. Personally, I shoot the 35/1.8 DX in low light, and pass on zooms in good light. If I do use a zoom, it's a lighter-weight 18-55mm, or longer-range 18-200mm VR. I wouldn't bother with the hood. I'd leave it at home in the box for resale later. We're all different, which is why Nikon makes so many different lenses. This 17-55/2.8 is a superb lens for anyone who needs a big, fast, tough midrange zoom for DX. For most uses, the all-plastic 18-55mm VR does the same thing for much less money." Google "ken rockwell 17-55" and you will find the article since i cannot paste links here. i personally own the 17-55 and i love it and performs great in dim light for me hope this helps
Jared F  Thank you for the reference to Rockwell. Just to let you know, I did some additional low light tests on the 17-55 and 18-55 kit lens at 1600 and 3200 ISO. I shot both at the same speed and aperture. Both lens produced practically the same picture illumination and both were equally grainy. Therefore the only benefit that I can see to the 17-55 is a much smoother and faster focus. Maybe my D7000 is such an awesome piece of equipment that it makes no difference what lens you use :)
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
DEREK B  Although I wish it had VR, even though it's a W/A lens, the lens is awesome. It's the best lens out there for it's focal range, easily. Sharp, built well, and the distortion is much better than a few other wide angles i have owned in the past. It's my main wedding lens along with the 70-200...
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