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  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  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
Most Liked Positive Review
Don't think. Buy.
I have had this lens for about 3 weeks now. I am using it excusively on a Nikon D7000. Prior to acquiring this lens I was using Nikon's "kit" 18-105 zoom, which is actually a pretty good lens, and under the right circumstances can take tack sharp photos. I originally was looking for a good prime lens, but during my research, this lens kept popping up. At first I was quite put off by the price, but I kept reading reviews that gave stellar ratings. I am a traveler who often finds himself in ext...View full Review
I have had this lens for about 3 weeks now. I am using it excusively on a Nikon D7000. Prior to acquiring this lens I was using Nikon's "kit" 18-105 zoom, which is actually a pretty good lens, and under the right circumstances can take tack sharp photos. I originally was looking for a good prime lens, but during my research, this lens kept popping up. At first I was quite put off by the price, but I kept reading reviews that gave stellar ratings. I am a traveler who often finds himself in extremely humid, or extremely hot and dry (jungles or deserts) conditions that have a single common thread. They're all very dirty. I needed a lens that was tough (this one is built like a tank) and that had seals (this one does), and would allow me to take as few flash photos as possible (this one is rated at F2.8 across its zoom range...need I say more?). This lens is known as the "photo journalist's lens". It has earned that name by being versatile and tough. As soon as the lens arrived, I started taking photos and checking them with my editing software. My first photo was of the cat I share a house with. I zoomed in with the editing software. Every single hair was clearly visible. OK. So far, so good. I went into the back yard and took a few shots of flowers. Flowers, especially deep red roses, can be very challenging. The colors were excellent, and the edges of the petals extremely well-defined with no CA that I could see. Bokeh was great, and very natural looking, too. Depth of field is easily controlled as the lens is zoomed because of the Fstop does not change because of the zoom, as in some other zoom lenses. A few days later I found myself at a car/motorcycle show. Lot's of shiny paint and bright chrome. Shots taken there were incredibly crisp, with no discernible ghosting or comma (ok, ok, I did avoid shooting right into lights, but the chrome could have caused problems). I posted some of the shots to a social media site which usually cuts the resoluton of photos, and my photographer friends there immediateliy commented on how sharp the pictures were. Though the lense does not have VR, it really doesn't need it. VR is a mechanism that allows you to take pictures at much lower shutter speeds or smaller F-stops than you normally could. Since this lens is already an F2.8 lens across its zoom range, there's not much VR could do for you. Like any lens made by anyone, this lens has its sweet spots. Like any lens made by anyone, this lens also has some areas where the pictures might not come out as well as hoped. A good photographer will learn the lens and use it in its sweet spots, which are very wide. Some have complained that this lens is heavy. Well, compared to some of the plastic lenses in production, it IS heavy. However, quality equipment is made with quality materials. Brass and steel, and good glass has weight. On my D7000 this lens is well-balanced. Add a battery grip and it's even better. I have carried the camera/lens set up all day with no problem, but for those complaining about weight, adjust your neck strap, or purchase a harness. The lens focuses internally so nothing moves when you focus. The zoom does move the front element in and out perhaps 3/4 of an inch, but the lens hood is connected to the body of the lens, so it does not move with the zoom, as on some lenses. This is an added design plus, but it makes for an extremely large and deep lens hood. Many photographers leave their lens hood on to protect the lens against bumps. On some lenses the hood is connected to the front bezel. A bump on a lens like that, even with a lens hood, can damage the internal mechanisms. On a lens like this one, where the hood is connected to the body, damage is much less likely. Of course I don't need to suggest putting a clear or UV filter on the lens to protect the front element from dirt and scratches. A filter is much cheaper to replace than a front element. The filter threads, by the way, are plastic. This is not just a cost-saving design element, but actually pretty smart on Nikon's part. Bump metal filter threads too hard and then dent, making getting the filter off almost impossible. Bump plastic filter threads and they will often spring back, but can also be worked with a little to get the filter off. I only have one small complaint. The focus and zoom rings are a bit narrow for me, and placed in such a way that they don't fall easily under the fingers. and one ring is very close to the camera body when the lens is mounted. The zoom ring is pretty stiff, but I believe that's on purpose, as the elements in the zoom mecahnism are quite heavy, and would cause zoom creep if the zoom mechanism was less stiff. Not a huge deal, but takes some getting used to. The one statement I can make about this lens is that I have four Nikkor lenses, but of the four, this lens rarely comes off my camera body. It's a versatile and robust lens for most photographic situations. It does not suffer fools, however. You will need to spend time learning its quirks, but doing so will be time well-spent, and you will find yourself really falling in love with this thing. Don't think. Buy. You won't be sorry.
Most Liked Negative Review
Big dissappointment; Save your money!
Adorama is a 5 star company; they promptly gave me a refund. I will be doing business with them again for a long time because of their customer service. After reading all of the grand reviews on the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 I had high expectations on the performance of the lens. I gave it a two star rating because it just didn't perform noticably better than my Nikon 18-55 3.5-5.6 kit lens. I thoroughly tested the 17-55 against the 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 18-250 zoom. I shot identical scenes with...View full Review
Adorama is a 5 star company; they promptly gave me a refund. I will be doing business with them again for a long time because of their customer service. After reading all of the grand reviews on the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 I had high expectations on the performance of the lens. I gave it a two star rating because it just didn't perform noticably better than my Nikon 18-55 3.5-5.6 kit lens. I thoroughly tested the 17-55 against the 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 18-250 zoom. I shot identical scenes with identical iso, f stop, shutter speeds and used a tripon for each shot. I shot outdoors, indoors, bright lighting, low lighting, close up, and distances. I then compared each shot in photoshop and magnified each picture looking for sharpness, color, bokeh, and over all quality. I was most disappointed to find that there was no significant difference in the pictures. I was so surprised to see that the 17-55 low light shots at 1600 iso were as equally grainy as those from the other lens. I could find noticable benefits in the 17-55's low light shots. The 17-55 did result in a very slight improvement in sharpness in some of the shots. Also, some of the colors such as red were just slightly more vivid. After some deliberation, logic prevailed: I could fine tune those things in Photoshop or Lightroom if they are needed. The focus speed was very fast. That was a huge plus. Although I really wanted to be as happy as most everyone else about the 17-55 I just cound not rationalize a $$$$ lens that offerred negligible improvement over a $ kit lens that I already owned. Common sense prevailed and I returned the lens. I was so miffed at the dissappoing performance of the lense that I scoured the other reviews once again to see if I had missed something. Low and behold, I found a few reviews that had arrived at the same conclusions. For example Google Ken Rockwell's review for his similar comments and interesting recommendations. I agree with others on a few things. When they say the lens is heavy, what they mean is that it is HEAVY. It is a large impressive lens which will make you look like a serious photographer. So, I would conclude that if you like HEAVY and impressive looks and you like to spend big bucks then the 17-55 will be a good match for you. I am still looking for an excellent low light lens (2.8) for my D7000. I have found that my shots are mostly in the 20mm to 100mm range. I have to wonder if such a lens exists for a non-full frame camera. I have read reviews until my eyes are crossed. I welcome any suggestions. I tend to put things under the microscope but I am not a professional. So don't be swayed by my opinion alone. LOTS of people are in love with the lens. Happy shooting!
Reviewed by 154 customers
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.
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.
Real estate photos, portrait work. Auto focus is great, very sharp and focuses well.
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 .
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 D600...in my opinion, this lens and the D600 is an excellent combination.
Bought used from Adorama. Excellent+ condition. Saved over $300. Fast AF. Accuracy and sharpness to match the 24Mp of my Nikon D7100.