Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor Review

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Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor Review

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor Review

In short

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED SWM IF Aspherical is great professional universal lens for use on Nikon DX cameras. In fact, it is the best lens in the Nikon DX series.

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G is quite weighty, on camera it 755 grams and huge dimensions immediately make themselves felt. The lens has an excellent plastic lens hood. Nikon HB-31 with a metal lock for mounting, this lens hood can be dressed back-to-front, in this position access to the focus ring is blocked. The hood is fixed using a special lock buttons.

View Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor with hood

View of Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor with lens hood Nikon D80.

Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED SWM IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED SWM IF Aspherical
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 77 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 17-55 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 25.5-82.5 mm
Zoom ratio 3.24 X (usually rounded to 3)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 17, 20, 24, 28, 35, 45, and 55 mm; bayonet mount tag and lens hood mounts. A window with a scale of focusing distances in meters and feet.
Diaphragm From F / 2.8 to F / 22 over the entire range of focal lengths. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - lens type)
MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 0.36 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5
Stabilizer features No stabilizer
The weight 755 g
Optical design 14 elements in 10 groups, including

  • 3 aspherical elements (aspherical elements are shown in blue on the optical diagram). The presence of aspherics is indicated on the case with the inscription 'Aspherical'.
  • 3 low dispersion elements (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.

Optical design Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Nikon HB-31, bayonet type, plastic
Transportation With a soft cover CL-1120
Manufacturer country Made in Japan
Period From July 2003 to the present day (at least until autumn 2016), in July 2015 supplemented with a similar lens - Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm 1: 2.8-4E N ED VR Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical.
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Real prices in stores

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor uses a 'professional' diameter of 77mm to install filters and has a characteristic gold edging on the case near the front lens. Also, the lens very high quality made. I was very pleased to work with such a lens, shooting on camera Nikon D80. Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G includes 14 elements in 10 groups, and 3 ED element and 3 ASP item. Buying such a lens, you know that money is not wasted, you can compare for yourself optical circuits of other Nikon DX lenses.

Optical design Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Optical design Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor is available from the summer of 2003 to this day exclusively in Japan and is the only professional lens specifically designed for cropped Nikon DX cameras. EGF Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor is 25.5-82.5mm, this range of focal lengths makes it perfect for universal shooting. If you exaggerate a little, then the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G is the equivalent of full-frame lenses Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S N Nikkor и Nikon 28-70mm f / 2.8D ED AF-S Nikkor.

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor sample photo

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor sample photo

The lens has a constant aperture at any value of the focal length, moreover, with a value of F / 2.8, you can get good sharp photos. The zoom at the lens is only 3,24 times, the same zoom ratio is available on a simple whale lens Nikon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6GII ED AF-S DX Nikkor. The difference between the 18mm whale lens and the 17mm Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G is almost imperceptible. This focal length is the most commonly used for a number of tasks.

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor sample photo

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor sample photo

Focusing on the lens is fast, due to the fact that the lens uses a built-in focus motor SWMThe Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G will focus on any Nikon digital SLR camera... Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G uses internal focus 'IF' (Internal Focusing). Only the 'MA \ M' focus mode switch can be found on the lens. In 'MA' mode, automatic focusing with manual priority is available, which is very convenient, especially for creating focus traps.

In manual focus mode 'M', the focus ring rotates 90 degrees. Manual focus very comfortable, the focus ring is rubberized and has a large grip. With manual focusing, when the lens reaches its extreme positions, an unpleasant sound is heard that is a little unnerving, especially with a sharp rotation of the focus ring.

When zooming, the front of the lens moves in waves and at 17mm the 'trunk' of the lens is lengthened by 3cm, when using a hood, changes in the length of the lens are imperceptible and insignificant. When zoomed in, due to the movement of the rear of the lens, the lens acts as a pump, which creates a 'vacuum cleaner' effect. The minimum focusing distance is 36cm.

Bokeh on Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Bokeh on Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Image quality
Due to the excellent sharpness, this lens will work well on cameras with a prohibitive amount of megapixels, such as Nikon D3200, D5200 etc. The sharpness of the lens in the center is very high even at F / 2.8, the lens is slightly susceptible to aberrations, the only slight drawback is barrel distortion of 17 mm and vignetting with open apertures. Due to the fact that the lens uses an aperture device with 9 rounded petals, round blur discs are always formed in the blur zone. The bokeh of the lens seemed pretty pretty to me. The lens tolerates backlight well, but slightly worse than its full-frame brothers 24-70 and 28-70. With the color rendering of the lens, everything is in order.

Portrait on Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Portrait on Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

Sample photos on Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

All sample photos in this review were shot on Nikon D80, JPEG L Fine VI, photos without processing, only reduced to 3mp and imprinted data from EXIF. When shooting was used protective filter Kenko HMC Protector wp 77mm Japan.

Personal experience

To summarize, the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G - the only professional lens for Nikon DX cameras. I consider it the best universal solution for Nikon DX cameras.

It is believed that for cropped cameras of the Nikon DX line there 4 professional lenses with a gold ring near the front lens and Nikon NPS listings:

But only Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G without a twinge of conscience I can call a real professional lens. As for the other lenses from this list, I have comments:

  • Nikon Fisheye 10.5 / 2.8G - a highly specialized lens, without a built-in focusing motor. This is the only lens from the Nikon DX line that does not have an SWM motor, which is somehow not serious for a professional Nikon DX lens.
  • Nikon 12-24 / 4G - an ultra wide angle lens, generally a great lens. But, f / 4 for a professional lens is not serious, especially when you look at the full-frame analog Nikon 17-35 / 2.8.
  • Nikon 16-80 / 2.8-4E - a bunch of new technologies, but again, F / 4 on the long end is not serious. Moreover, the plastic body, compared to the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G, does not inspire any confidence. It is strange that Nikon released a new Thai science fiction 16-80 / 2.8-4, but never released a worthy replacement for the hero from this review.

I can highlight only two serious flaws in the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G:

  1. The lack of updating it. But Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G was developed in the distant 2003 year. At that time, Nikon CZKs had a maximum of 6 megapixels on their sensor, and the first 12 MP camera Nikon D2x appeared only in September 2004. First of all, the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G lacks a modern built-in image stabilizer. But the version from the rival camp - Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM, has a stabilizer for a long time. In addition, these third-party lenses also have a built-in IS (listed below in the Alternatives section). And a full-length analogue Nikon 24-70 / 2.8E Updated to VR version.
  2. Lack of internal zoom. Unfortunately, during a change in focal length, the front of the frame rises, which can adversely affect the all-weather protection of the lens. For example, Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 1: 2.8 Aspherical N / AIS, with internal zoom, visually and tactilely feels like a better-made lens.

In fact, the three very first and the oldest lens in the Nikon DX line - is Nikon 10.5 / 2.8G (July 2003) Nikon 12-24 / 4G (March 2003, the first cropped DX lens), Nikon 17-55 / 2.8G (July 2003, from this review) have long been waiting for their update.

If I chose to work professionally with Nikon DX cameras, then the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G would certainly be among my favorite lenses in my case.

One colleague of mine, an excellent professional photographer, put it very rightly: “Like it or not, but avoiding the purchase of 17-55 / 2.8 for crop, as well as 24-70 / 2.8 for the full frame, will not work".

Prices

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All fast universal zoom lenses

Below is a list of all such aperture-type universal zoom autofocus lenses for SLR and mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less.

Tokina (DX, various mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus, model AT-X 165 PRO DX, for Canon (C / EF version) and Nikon (N / AIS version), since July 2006. The optical design is similar to the lens Pentax SMC DA * 16-50mm f / 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

Tamron (DI II, DI III-A, various mounts)

  1. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 N / E / P / S (under Nikon [N], Canon [E], Pentax [P], Sony / Minolta [S]), since February 2006. Produced in Japan, China and Vietnam
  2. promaster DIGITAL XR EDO AF Ashperical LD ​​[IF] 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 MACROprevious lens under the brand Promaster
  3. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 NII (only for Nikon cameras), since March 2008
  4. Tamron Di II SP 17-50 mm F / 2.8 VC B005, model B005 E / NII (for Canon [E] or Nikon [NII]), from September 2009, Japan or China)
  5. Tamron 17-70 mm F / 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Model B070, Model B070, Sony E only, from December 2020

Sigma (DC, different mounts)

With constant maximum aperture (DC EX and DC ART series):

  1. Sigma DC ZOOM 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX (+ -D), since July 2004, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K. The version for the '4/3' system has been available since February 2006 (not mass-produced). The version for Nikon in its name includes the prefix 'D'.
  2. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO, from September 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K
  3. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO HSM, since June 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  4. Sigma dc 17-50mm 1: 2.8 ZOOM EX OS HSM, from February 2010, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-35mm F1.8 A [ART, HSM], from April 2013, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

With variable maximum aperture (DC and DC Contemporary series):

  1. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5, February 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  2. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 MACRO HSM, from July 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  3. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 MACRO HSM OS, from December 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  4. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 C, [MACRO, OS, HSM, Contemporary], from September 2012, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1:2.8-4.5 HSM OS ZOOM, from March 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

Nikon (DX, F mount)

  1. Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm 1:2.8-4E ED N, Nikon F mount, from July 2015
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED IF SWM, Nikon F mount, from July 2003

Pentax (DA, Q, K and Q mounts)

  1. Pentax SMC DA * 16-50 mm 1: 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount, since February 2007. Optical design similar to lens Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus (joint development of Tokina and Pentax)
  2. HD PENTAX-DA * 1: 2.8 16-50 mm ED PLM AW, from July 2021, Pentax KAF4 mount
  3. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 bayonet mount, black or silver, from November 2013
  4. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (with crop factor Kf = 5.53X or Kf = 4.65X)

Canon (EFS, EF-S mount)

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-55mm 1: 2.8 IS USM (Image Sabilizer, Ulstrasonic, EFS), Canon EF-S mount, since May 2006

Sony (DT, A and E mounts)

  1. Sony DT 2.8/16-50 SSM, Sony A mount (Minolta A), August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8/16-55G, Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019

Fujifilm (X)

  1. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Nano-GI XF 16-55mm 1: 2.8 R LM WR, Fujifilm X mount, since January 2015
  2. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Super EBC XF 18-55mm 1:2.8-4 R LM OIS, Fujifilm X mount, September 2012

Samsung (NX)

  1. Samsung Lens 1: 2-2.8 S 16-50 mm ED OIS i-Function, Samsung NX mount, since January 2014

Olympus / Panasonic / Leica (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf = 2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5 IIsince November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2008
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /14 50 ASPH. MEGA OISsince July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1: 2.8 PROsince October 2013
  2. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm f / 1.7 ASPH.since May 2019
  3. LUMIX G VARIO 1: 2.8 /12 35 ASPH. POWER OIS, from June 2012, in March 2017 an improved version is released (outwardly no different)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /12 60 ASPH.since March 2017

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

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Results

Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor excellent versatile (medium focus) fast aperture for Nikon DX cropped cameras. Very well made, the quality of the pictures, too, is on top. Perfect for serious work for every day.

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Comments: 229, on the topic: Review Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor

  • Cat pirate

    But this is an option for “newer.” Specifically, at 7100 she had glitches with autofocus (I read about it somewhere)

    • Victor

      Well, I had a 7100 and this sigma, there are no glitches with autofocus there. The firmware just does not need to be updated on the camera to the latest (the last one that works adequately with sigma is 1.03)

  • Dmitriy

    Excuse me, maybe I don't understand something. In the e-catalog, the prices for this lens are 42-43 tr., And on the Yandexmarket, 138 tr. How can this be? Or are they different lenses, or the e-catalog gives outdated information? Has the price increased more than 7 times in 8-3 years?

    • Alexey

      Yes, the price is from 125 tr, more expensive than the FX version. For connoisseurs.

    • Pokemon

      Victor, the lens has really risen in price (due to the fall of the ruble (I don't remember which one)).
      And it really costs 120 thousand rubles or more. More expensive than Sigma 24-70 / 2.8 Art and Tokina 24-70 / 2.8.
      Its purchase for a sane 35-40 thousand rubles is possible only in second-hand.
      It makes no sense to buy a new one, especially for those who plan to switch someday to full frame.

    • Pokemon

      So the ruble fell by exactly that amount in 7-8 years.
      Have you watched currency rates for a long time? Due to its depreciation, everything flew into the stratosphere at a price.

      • Denis

        At the same time, few people need lenses for DSLRs. wealthy photographers are switching to UPC, and ordinary users are switching to phones

        • Alexey

          It will be necessary for the seller in the secondary market to try to say this spell :)

          • Alexey

            sellers

        • Pokemon

          Yes, I noticed this migration.
          People sitting on D610 / D750 switch to Z6. The updated Z6s / Z7s will be out by the end of this year.
          According to Sony, everything is clear, they managed to lure away some of the owners of Canon / Nikon with their A7m3.
          According to Canon, the owners of mirror crops switch to cheap Rp and cheaper R, people leave pre-orders for R5 / R6 and wait for them (here both the former owners of 5Ds / 5DsR and third and even second dimes and former owners of EOS R).
          No one even remembers the D780 or 5DMk4 (although, on the contrary, I'm looking more and more at the 4th penny).

  • Dmitriy

    Reading Arkady's answers, I noticed that he already advises 16-80 / 2.8-4 more often than 17-55 / 2.8.
    Time is open and 17-55 may start to hand over the position? And then there is Sigma 18-35 / 1.8, which many bought instead of 17-55, which is already 17 years old.

    • Ivan

      Rather, it advises because of the lower cost compared to 17-55.

      • Dmitriy

        The price was not mentioned in the arguments. Link to either FR range or 24 MP matrix

  • Dmitriy

    Arkady, hello.
    What would you choose for Nikon D7200 for travel / landscape photography?

    1. Nikon 17-55 2.8
    2. Tamron 35 1.4

    Thank you.

  • Anatoly

    And what is 18-70 much inferior to him?

  • Alexey

    Hello. I bought a used lens, carcass D7000, in manual settings I set the shutter speed to 1/4000 aperture 2.8 I photograph, close the aperture to 11 and to get a good photo I need to set the shutter speed to 1/4000 again. What's wrong with the lens, the aperture is not working? Thank you. Sincerely.

  • Alexey

    Continuation - question: is this Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED SWM IF Aspherical lens generally compatible with the D7000? Sincerely.

    • Victor

      Compatible, of course. The diaphragm drive is defective either in the lens or in the carcass

      • Alexey

        Thanks, but on the kit 18-105 it changes the aperture, on the Sigma with a screwdriver, although the screwdriver for focus also changes the aperture. And it is not clear why there are 8 contacts in my carcass, in my whale there are also 8 contacts, and in 17-55mm there are 10 contacts. Because of this, it can't be? Sincerely.

        • Novel

          If the carcass works with the aperture of other lenses, then the problem is 17-55.

          Contacts 9 and 10 are used together with teleconverters, there are just 10 feet, the 9th catches the signal from the 1.4 converter, the 10th - from the 2x and accordingly sends the corrected parameters to the camera, but 17-55 is not supported by native teleconverters and this is strange.

          • Alexey

            Thank you. I assumed so. It’s a pity. Sincerely.

            • Michael

              The diaphragm control on it is mechanical. Try to move the leash, it may be stuck or broken, you will immediately see

              • Alexey

                Thank you, and the seller advised you to move, and he and I hoped that it would start working, but he does not move, and the diaphragm is open, but stands in such a position in which the leash on the whale 18-105 is on the closed diaphragm. I will send back, sorry.

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