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
Tags 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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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 A.S.P. 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".


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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), from July 2006. Optical design is the same as 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, since September 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, 4/3
  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 EXOS 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
  6. SIGMA DC 18-50 mm 1: 2.8 DN C [Contemporary], since Oct 2021, for Sony E, Leica L

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 mount, since February 2007. Optical design is similar to the 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 PLMAW, from July 2021, Pentax KAF4 mount
  3. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 mount, black or silver body, from November 2013
  4. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (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), since August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8/16-55G (Sony SEL1655G), Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019


  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 RLM 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/Yongnuo (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf=2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5 II, from November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2005
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /14-50 ASPH. MEGA OIS, from July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1:2.8 PRO, since 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, since June 2012, in March 2017 an improved sub-version is released (outwardly they do not differ in any way)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /12-60 ASPH., since March 2017
  5. Yongnuo 12-35 F2.8-4 STM ASPH, since April 2023

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

  • never mind )

    make a review on sigma 17-50 f2.8 ex dts os xsm)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Submit for review - I'll write.

      • igor.

        Dobry vechir.photograf in the time of nikon d.60 obktmv 17.55 g vr af s dx nikkor. please some kind of take.

        • igor

          viachte. 18.55

      • Jury

        I have been using Nikon D2 + 90-18 for 105 years. recently acquired nikor 17-55. I’m not happy. I don’t see the difference in the pictures. I see some minuses at 17-55. pluses only in fast af and maybe a few pixels for this glass. or requires adjustment. but can I do it net?

        • Jury

          it lathers at my side, rented it for 20tr. There is no sense, I will buy 35 / 1,8

  • Alexander

    but I'm waiting for the review of Tokina 16-50 2.8, I can't provide it for two reasons, it's not there yet, and the second one - I live very far, across 2 borders, but I would very much like to read Arkady's thoughts about this glass

  • Lesha

    Hello) I recently spoke with you about this lens, do you think it's worth taking it all the same? Or is there something better? Price is not important. You just need a lens better than your native 18-105, if not difficult) Oh and by the way, is it worth buying a flash, and if so, which one?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      As for my attitude to the lens, everything is indicated in the review. All lenses are different and for different purposes. This 17-55 is a very good lens. The flash is very useful in many cases, I recommend the SB-700, like this -

      • anonym

        Good day. I want to buy at Nikon 60, at 18.70, I’m your pleasure. For a little wealthy pennies.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Good lens, you can safely buy.

  • stiob

    I’ll add about puffs: but if in the future you want to go for a walk with manual lenses, then it makes sense to take a puff of sb900 or change something like that. more details here:

  • Lesha

    Thank you very much for your advice) I will only turn to you now)

  • Eugene

    NOT pictures, but pictures!

  • Jury

    A great lens, but to be honest, I would take it last because of the space price. After all, there are still similar Tamron and Tokina, which together are slightly cheaper than the new Nikkor 17-55.

    • White

      Tamron 17-50 f2.8, you probably mean. But to compare it with this 17-55 is incorrect a bit. Tamron has a completely flat, albeit beautiful, color picture. It is empty, so to speak. I don’t know who gave it A prize in Europe, or rather, I don’t know why.

  • yuriy

    Hello. I have been reading your site for three months already, it is very interesting and informative. I have been fond of photography since childhood, I bought the first fotik in 1985. Zinit TTL. Then, as they came to us, the soap dish bought a kenon and everything seemed to suit. But my daughter got carried away with the photo and wanted a DSLR (our friends have a Nikon d90 and she takes it when she goes somewhere to an interesting place). For her birthday in December, I bought her a Nikon d300s, though not new, but in very good condition and with low mileage - there was no limit to joy….
    Friends have 2 Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor and Nikon 50mm f / 1.8G AF-S Nikkor lenses and take them when necessary, there are none yet, I wanted to buy Nikon 8-17mm f / as a gift on March 55 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor. But here is your article and confirmed my ideas and your conclusions
    “If you really need a great in-house zoom for your Nikon DX, then you just can't find a better lens than the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G.” But here's the next "I do not recommend this lens for beginners." Daughter photographs on Nikon d90 for about a year (and the camera is mostly with us and not with the owners), but she is still a beginner, and I had a question - how it will be difficult to learn compared to Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G and Nikon 50mm f / 1.8G?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you take pictures for a year, it means at least an amateur :) for a beginner, this lens is too expensive, heavy and requires an understanding of shooting, if you take pictures in automatic modes, the camera will close the aperture to F / 10.0 and the beginner will not feel any difference compared to a whale lens .

  • yuriy

    Arkady thanks for the answer.
    There seems to be no automatic modes in the d300s, which means our choice of the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G is probably right.

    • Borja

      Yuri, under automatic, in this case, we mean S&A modes. But that doesn't make the d300s worse. Great car! in the ratio of 17-55, excellent glass. But there is one question, the price. See what happens in your case. d300s about $ 1000, 17-55 about $ 1500. Total +/- $ 2500 And this is d700 + 50 1.8, for change)) And this is a completely different story)) If this continues, in a good way, your next purchase is a telephoto. But after 17-55, you won't buy a dark zoom. This means it will be 70-200. So, at the same costs, in the first case you have d300s + 17-55 + 70-200 (God forbid) + two other people's fixes, in the second d700 + your 50mm + (hopefully) 70-200. This is the arithmetic)) If, my calculation does not quite suit you, and you are not going to go to full frame, then with all due respect to the author of the article and nikon 17-55, take Sigma 17-50, by the way, with a stub, about 700 $, but for “change”, you will get a very good, but no better, SB910 flash and even shirik)) But in any case, you will be the best dad, with which I congratulate you)))

      • yuriy

        Thanks for the advice. D300s has already been purchased. Nikon 17-55 = 11000 new, but it seems to me to come in for free - I have a discount program from life and there is nikon, but there is no sigma and they will have to be taken for real money.
        d700 is not planning yet - the photo is mainly for my daughter - hobi. I will also take the flash, but first I need at least 1 lens.

        • Borja

          If it’s free, then there’s nothing to think about)) 70-200 isn’t there for free, by chance))?

          • yuriy

            All that is in this store can be taken for free, with bonus life cards.

          • yuriy

            Hello online store

  • Ivan

    Thanks for the review. It was interesting to read your opinion about this glass.

    Somehow I chose a universal lens for a cropped camera, I also considered this lens. But because of the price and this comparison
    stopped at Tamrone.

  • Eugene

    Which camera will you switch to after your d40? After all, you’ve probably already looked closely or are you looking closely? Thank you for your reply!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      On d40x)

      • Eugene

        So you have it now)) Well, I’ll ask differently. What kind of carcass would you take if it were a question of quality growth?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I would rather go to some sort of master class, because a person is growing, his skills and not pieces of iron.

          • Eugene

            As one of my friends, a photographer, said, there are a lot of people willing to teach, but are you ready to learn! I ordered fuji s5 pro, your article and a lot of positive reviews convinced me. I took it for unpretentious portrait and landscape photography with manual optics. But for the reportage what to take, I don't know yet, and the money ran out ...)

            • Iskander

              For reporting Nikon D 7000.

  • Basil

    But I bought it. selling sigma 17-50 version with a stub. And very satisfied. The result is always predictable. Sigma is also beautiful glass. I advise.

  • Masha

    Arkady, a huge request to you…. help with choosing a lens !!! I am reading your reviews and am completely confused. I had a Nikon 5100 carcass, a standard lens) was included (18-55). We need a new, more powerful one. I am not a professional, but I mainly shoot portraits, so the possibility of beautiful bokeh is very important ... but the camera is also used for travel and just for shooting landscapes ... what to choose ?? Tell me your opinion, very interesting.

  • Lesha

    Hello Arkady) Thank you for the good advice) Today I bought 17-55 -satisfied As an elephant-quality on top, super focus, everything is fine in general) The lens is massive - you won’t tell by the pictures) Guys who don’t mind the money, take it- you will not regret!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you for leaving your review.

      • anonym

        Good afternoon!
        I am a wedding photographer. I have a Nikon D300s lens nikkor 18-105 f3.5-5.6. And I have problems in restaurants. in a dark restaurant, the frame will be dark. And I want to buy a fast lens. I have two options. 35mm 1.8G DX or 17-55 2.8. but 17-55 costs about $ 1200 a little expensive of course.
        please advise on 35mm you can shoot a wedding especially in a restaurant. thanks for the early !!!

        • Amatich

          You can shoot at 35 mm, only zoom with your feet, and so the sharpness is excellent + aperture.

  • Sergei

    Good !!! To all owners of glass 17-55mm Question! And where on the body of the glass to find its serial number ??? No matter how I twisted, no matter how I turned, I never found it !!! I took it from my hands, there is a piece of paper on it there is a number, but I could not find it on the case! Either I am on the asphalt in skis, or ……. What's the catch???

    • To myself!

      Found a number! Already prompted! I wouldn’t find it myself!

  • levani

    16.01.2013 in 09: 10
    Thanks for the advice. D300s already
    purchased. Nikon 17-55 = 11000
    new but it’s like it’s free
    - I have a discount program from

    people, who knows what kind of miracle action is this ??

  • Anna

    The lens is really beautiful. I bought it second-hand at a good price, it was not possible to test, maybe the seller sent from abroad, but was not disappointed. I shoot landscapes on the D7000, it gives excellent detail throughout the frame. I do not actually use fast apertures often, but on closed diaphragms it also gives excellent quality, and it is always nice to have a reserve for aperture ratio. A heavy, dog (I go hiking in the mountains), but worth it.

    I used to shoot at d40 + 18-55 and I want to say that the whale lens is a wonderful one, of course, inferior in quality, but it costs a penny, while sharp, and weighs practically nothing. You can take wonderful photos with the youngest DSLR with a whale, so I want to advise beginners to spend money on new equipment only when a clear understanding of the _why_ it is needed and _what_ critical differences you will get.

  • Victor

    Hello Arkady !. You say that the difference between the 18mm whale lens and the 17mm Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G is almost invisible. Then why overpay, the kit costs 3000 rubles and this one is 40000 rubles. Here's how my whale shoots and tell me if it will be better to shoot fast. All pictures open in full resolution. Having looked at my pictures, what lenses in your opinion would have shown their best side. I don’t make a Nikon D5000 device with photography; I’m shooting what I like. Sincerely, Victor.

    • Oleg

      Great photos. I especially liked the portraits. If money allows, I would take 17-55. This glass will give more detail and sharpness to pictures. But in my opinion it makes no sense to put such a glass on the D5000, it is better to buy a TV set. I agree with Anya (post above), the whale lens gives more sharpness than interchangeable. But Ani has a D7000, which has a focus adjustment, so you can even set Soviet lenses.

      • Vyacheslav

        The day before yesterday I bought 17-55 (((Soap soap. I paid 40k for which I don’t know. I will definitely sell !!! But what can I buy in return, I won’t mind? (If I suddenly need someone, I will give it for 33k (I didn’t make a new frames 30))

  • VOVA

    Good day, I bought a D5100 all the way. My DSLR camera can’t vibrate optics. People can’t take it too. taku price re-read a bunch of forums and write about marriage yak opridіlity tsei marriage.Dyakuyu

    • Oleg

      I took it without a lens if, then I think Tamron 17-50 without a stub will be just right (price / quality), but if I took it with a lens, then take pictures with it for now. A lens that comes with a camera always gives better sharpness than a lens purchased separately, except for cameras with focus adjustment.

  • Arthur

    Good day. Acquired 17-55 in the secondary market at an attractive price. The picture gives a good one. True, my specimen has a tight and uneven stroke of the FR change ring, I have to make an effort to select the desired value. There is a slight play in the bayonet mount. Due to its weight, it sometimes seems to me that he is about to come off the bayonet mount. Please comment.

  • Oleg

    Cool lens, no words. Stability at such focal lengths is, in principle, not necessary, unless you shoot after the great hangover))).
    But the price is clearly overpriced in my opinion.

  • Aleskey

    I bought this lens on ebay, a new one, the quality is different, and it is in the tetals, I do not regret the money, it's worth it, the small nuances but it is very pleasing. If there is money, then it’s worth digging, not even thinking.

  • Sergei

    I bought this lens a year ago. I walked to him for a long time. First, 18-55, then 16-85, and finally, I could not stand it - I bought 17-55. Filmed mainly on the D90. Now I'm trying on the D7100. The lens is very good, but if you are waiting for some fantastic leap, then in vain. It's just a good, reliable lens. But the picture is sooo far from fast fixes. Therefore, my camera still often hangs the good old plastic and extremely frivolous-looking 50 / 1.4. After him, picture 17-55 seems like just a dull compromise. But nevertheless, I do not regret that I bought the 17-55, because I did not buy it with my last money (there was still a stash for 80-200 :)), and there is simply no alternative among the zooms of this range.

    • Sergei

      Chosca, please tell me, what was the goal in acquiring 17-55, if there was a wonderful fix at 50? Just for the near end? I now have this wonderful lens (17-55) and I thought about the advisability of fixing it at 50 or 35 (which is better for my crop).


        IMHO. There will be a convenient 35mm fix for the crop. (since on crop it will be 52.5 mm.) It will be possible to shoot half-length and full-length portraits in small-sized rooms. And this is a registry office, an apartment, narrow corridors. Also suitable for video recording. I would take fix 35 in the end (52.5mm.) There are more possibilities. He (35) is also suitable for everyday life, (for all occasions in life) if you do not have a high-aperture lens with you yet, you and a group of people will take pictures with it and general plans. A FIX 50mm. on the crop it is already 75mm. There will be few opportunities for shooting in small spaces. A group of people is already a problem ... unless you're on the street. And when there is still no time to change the lens ... (and this is not a GUD!) Then you will understand that a slightly wider angle is ICE! PS 35th !!!

  • Sergei

    Friends who have experience using 17-55, what are the recommendations for using the flash. Do I understand correctly that you can shoot with a puff and an almost long end? Due to the nature of the construct at the almost long end, the least visible shadow hit. In all other zoom modes, a shadow is obtained. I tried to shoot with both external and built-in flash. Even if you wear a diffuser and direct at 45 degrees. Thank you in advance for your advice!

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