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

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Handling and features

This weighty professional spec lens is built like a tank. It weighs 755g and sports a weather sealed construction. Even with the weight, it balances well on the Nikon D300 body used for testing, although it may feel a little too large and heavy to be used comfortably with entry level bodies.

Autofocus is powered by a silent wave motor and manual focus adjustments are possible at any time. Both zoom and focus rings are very smooth to operate, each being nicely damped, so they stay put and fine adjustments are easy to apply. Autofocus is very fast, and accurate in all but the darkest of conditions, where a focusing aid, such as the illuminator found on most flashguns will help.

Focusing is performed internally, so the 77mm filter thread does not rotate, which makes this lens ideal for use with polarisers and graduated filters. Closest focus is 36cm, which allows for frame filling close ups at 55mm.

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