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Fast, f/2.8 DX-format zoom lens delivering superb image quality.

This is the lens for both stunning sharpness and beautiful background blur (bokeh) with DX-format cameras. Its fine resolution and fast f/2.8 fixed aperture deliver exceptional photos and HD video—from close subjects all the way to infinity—to satisfy professionals on assignment as well as aspiring high-end photographers who value image quality. Its versatile standard zoom range of 17–55mm make it an ideal walk-around lens—you’ll keep it on your camera all the time.
Silent Wave Motor
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
AS
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IF Lens

All-in-one versatility

Ideal wide-angle to standard zoom range

Optimized for DX-format Nikon D-SLRs, the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17–55mm f/2.8G IF-ED delivers exceptional performance across its versatile wide-angle to standard zoom range. At 17mm, the lens covers a wide angle of 79°, ideal for architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and group shots; at 55mm, it offers an angle of view similar to our eyes, ideal for portrait work and everyday photography.

Stunning results in any light

Nikon’s first f/2.8 fixed aperture, 3.2x zoom

The AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17–55mm f/2.8D IF-ED’s ultra-fast, f/2.8 fixed aperture ensures stunning clarity, beautiful background blur (bokeh) and consistent exposure across its entire zoom range and opens the possiblity of shooting in a wider variety of lighting scenarios—without a flash. Its DX-optimized design makes for a smaller, lighter lens that achieves optimal quality from center-to edge-to-corner of the image. And advanced Nikon lens technologies help draw the full potential from any Nikon D-SLR camera.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
AS
AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED 4.6 5 80 80
If you only own one lense - own this one. 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. May 22, 2014
Super objectif, Après utilisation de l’objectif 17-55 f2.8, j’ai été estomaqué de sa performance. C'est un super objectif!! Merci Nikon February 9, 2014
Tack Sharp 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! January 12, 2014
anniversary Now that it's been 10 years since this lens was dreamed up it would be great to see an update. I think the new effort from sigma will show there is a market for a mid-range crop sensor zoom that really ups the ante with sharp optics through out the entire aperture and focal range. Would much prefer this instead of a new variable aperture slush box. September 22, 2013
Dream Lens for DX 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. August 16, 2013
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It will be faster as it is a 2.8, thus it will no doubt give better image quality at lower stops, but you lose 50mm on the long end.
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Can this lens work with a d90 and d7000 and how are the results?

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Yes, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED is fully compatible with D90 and D7000 and the results are excellent. Please click on the MTF curve on the lens page for Contrast and Resolution information. You can also click on the reviews above the price of the lens to read other buyers reviews. Majority of buyers are very statisfied with the results of this lens.
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Love this lens, should I still consider using a prime lens such as the 50mm 1.4G?

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I truly love this lens especially its speed and sharpness. I mainly do travel and portrait photography. Besides being a little faster is there much of an advantage of using a prime such as the 50mm 1.4G or 1.8G? Weill there be an even more improvement in sharpness? How about Bokeh? Focus response slower in 50mm 1.4G? Using the D7000.

Only disadvantage to this lens is the weight which I have mostly overcome using a sling strap when mobile.
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You can use the MTF curve on the lens webpage to compare the contrast, resolution, and Bokeh of the lenses.You can also use the compare tool on the lens webpage to compare the lenses.
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Can i use with d600?

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You can, but camera will be in DX mode with a cropped image and mp will drop to 10.5. In crop mode field of view will be 25-82. I would purchasethe 24-70 f/2.8 instead and shoot in full frame with no reduction in mp.
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The 17-55 is a great lens and would work very well on the D7100.
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How does this lense work on a Nikon D7000 when shooting indoor basketball without a flash? What camera settings would I use for this?

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This is the lens for both stunning sharpness and beautiful background blur (bokeh) with DX-format cameras. Its fine resolution and fast f/2.8 fixed aperture deliver exceptional photos and HD video. Its versatile standard zoom range of 17–55mm make it an ideal walk-around lens. At 17mm, the lens covers a wide angle of 79°, ideal for architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and group shots; at 55mm, it offers an angle of view similar to our eyes, ideal for portrait work and everyday photography. For sports photography more than likely you’re going to want to use a telephoto lens on a Nikon D-SLR. To further complicate indoor sports shooting, generally you will be far from the action and a long focal length will be needed to "zoom in" on the subject. Most zoom lenses are "variable" aperture which means that as you zoom their f/stops become smaller and gather less light. A variable aperture lens might have an f/stop range of f/3.5-5.6, which means its widest aperture is f/3.5 and when you extend the zoom, the widest aperture closes down to f/5.6. A "constant aperture" lens, like the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens has a fast f/2.8 aperture through its entire zoom range and is an ideal indoor lens for sports. Another option would be to use a fixed focal length lens, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G. At first it can be more difficult to shoot with a fixed focal length lens (since you can't "zoom" in and out) but these lenses are generally much faster and more economical than a fast zoom lens. For more infomration on shooting Sports, please see: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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I have a Nikon D7000 and want to shoot indoor basketball with no flash. What lens should I buy?

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Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
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Weather sealed the same as any other Nikon Pro lens.
Lens condensation is usually caused by temperature change, not moisture penetration and no amount of weather sealing will prevent that.
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Since I will be using the lens on M/A for the most part, should I not be using the distance ring? I imagine I need to just use the focal length ring

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When the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED is on M/A the distance ring can still be used as well as the focus length ring.
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