Nikon 17 55 f2.8


Nikon 17 55 f2.8

Nikon 17 55 f2.8
Official name

AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1:2.8 G ED-IF SWM

Handling, build quality

The Nikon 17 55mm lens is not a small and light lens compare to the other cheaper DX alternatives. On a normal size Dx body like the Nikon d7000 the lens is on the edge to bend the body downwards. I like the good build quality, but not like the weight attached.

Nikon 17 55 f2.8
Nikkor 17 55 f2.8 – 24mm f2.8 iso 800 1/80s Nikon d7000


This is a dedicated Dx lens. This means doesn’t fill the frame in Full frame cameras, but if you buy this perhaps can use in Dx mode. The focal length and field of view remains the same. The pixels are compare to the proportion of DX coverage.


Let’s cut to the cheese, if you are not a professional photographer, not so much meaning to buy this lens, unless for good money used. For this amount of money the Sigma 18-35 is much better and smaller. The Sigma is sharp at f1.8, which setting a Nikon doesn’t have. The only downside of the Sigma is perhaps autofocus accuracy. Which one you prefer ? If you don’t need the f2.8 buy the Nikkor 16-85 instead, it is a very good lens, with very good stabilization. The Sigma 17 50 f2.8 is also a very good alternative with stabilizer. In my opinion there are not so much meaning of this f2.8 zooms at all, because in low light, or inside a building you go much better for a prime, like 35/1.8 or 50/1.8, for landscapes use the tripod anyway. Usually this zooms are not really sharp at f2.8, and at f3.5 many other lenses are sharp. This zooms are ment for professional photographers, which well be seen from the price tag. If you are a professional photographer, perhaps likes the Nikon system compatibility, and heavy build quality. But perhaps better to have a Full frame body with a 24-70, or a 35mm f/1.4 or a 24mm f/1.4.


Filter size:77 mm (not rotating)
Lens elements:14/10 groups incl 3 ED and 3 aspherical elements
Close focus distance:0.36m
Aperture blades: 9 rounded
Weight:755g (26.63 ounces)
Made in Japan

Standard accessories

-Petal shape lens hood – HB-31
-Nikon Lens cap

Focal range:

The lens has a very useful focal range, usually this is the focal range which is used the most by most people.

Optical quality

The lens has very good optical quality. Center sharpness is excellent, I see no fringing. At f2.8 the lens is reasonably sharp. The sharpest is the wide angle setting around f5.6 as it is usual, at tele little less sharp. Regarding distortion only at wide angle are some distortion (2.2%), other settings are quite good.

Portrait Nikon 17 55 f2.8 28mm f2.8 1/80s iso 800 Nikon d7000


Sigma 18-35 f1.8, Sigma 17 55 f2.8 os, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, Nikon 16-85mm vr, Nikon 18-200mm, Nikon 18-300mm, Tamron 18-200, Tamron 18-250, Tamron 18-270, Nikon 18-55mm vr

Compare to

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8: the Tamron build quality is not in the same leage as the Nikon 17-55. Autofocus is also a lot better on the Nikon, than the Tamron. The Tamron is a little different in terms of picture quality, and how the picture look, but very strong in the corners as well. The Nikon is very good in the Center.
Sigma 17 50 os: The Sigma has a stabilizer which can be a big bonus.
Sigma 18 35 f1.8: The Sigma has a big extra it’s sharp f1.8 aperture, autofocus is perhaps better on the Nikon.
18-55 vr kit lens: Price/performance the kit wins. Optically the 17-55 better and brighter. f2.8-f5.6 at long end.


This is a very good lens with excellent build quality, good autofocus, but lacks stabilizer and very expensive.

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