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

Model #2147

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Nikon 17 55 f2 8dx
Nikon 17 55 f2 8dx
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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.4 x 4.4" (8.64 x 11.18 cm)
Filter thread 77 mm
Weight 1.66 lb (755 g)


Format compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Minimum focus distance 1.2' (36 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Focal length 17 - 55 mm
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5
Angle of view 79° - 28°
Groups/elements 10/14
Camera mount type Nikon F
Magnification 0.20x


Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
8 September 2009

It may cost a lot, but the amount of features – such as the high build, SWM and fast f/2.8 aperture – definitely puts this lens in a professional category. The high optical performance is also a bonus, and Nikon owners will be proud to own such a great lens.

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    Good build quality, Sonic Wave Motor, fast f/2.8 aperture

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    Slower Sonic Wave Motor than comparable Canon lens

The digital picture.32823291
15 April 2010

Is the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in's review!

20 January 2009

Nikon recommend this lens for use as a standard on their top end cameras and with an approximate 30% improvement on performance over the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 we can see why. With lens quality fast becoming the limiting factor where top end digital imaging is concerned, 30% is a big step, but the...

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    Excellent wide-open performance, especially at the wider focal length, Good build quality., Excellent contrast and colour rendition., Good hood included

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    Disappointing control of distortion at the wide end., Price, although value for money is relative., Hood useless with on board flashes.

Digital home thoughts.32822758
30 August 2007

Nikkor brings us a top-quality gold-ring (professional-grade) lens with the AF-S DX 17-55mm F/2.8 G IF-ED. Sharp as a tack with exceptional build quality, its metal-body and rubber sealing to prevent against dust and humidity speak to its quality.

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    Extremely sharp;, Amazing auto-focus accuracy and speed;, Excellent build quality.

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    Extremely sharp;, Amazing auto-focus accuracy and speed;, Excellent build quality., Hefty price tag;, Hefty weight (for some).

Digital home thoughts.33033960
30 August 2007

If you are looking to invest in some serious glass, then I have to say that the Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 F/2.8 G IF-ED is a fantastic choice for the serious hobbyist to the professional photographer.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
21 February 2015

I have owned this lens for about 14 months now, and have taken almost 5000 photos with it. Yes -- it was expensive. Yes -- it is heavy. But the images that this lens produces are remarkable. Sharpness, contrast and color are always excellent. And autofocus is fast and accurate.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

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28 April 2014

OK, gotta add what others haven't. This is my GO-TO lens for professional video. It works great on a video camera using DX-sized APC chips. It outperforms $10K pro lenses I've used on broadcast cameras. Sure, it doesn't zoom in quite as far, but I rarely find that a limitation.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

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22 May 2014

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.

2 November 2011

I originally thought my Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC, which everyone claims is 95% as good as the 17-55 , could get me through whatever I encountered. Didn't happen. I purchased a Nikon 80-200mm F/2.8 two ring right before a wedding, and was blown away by the quality.

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    Super Sharp, great color and contrast. No contest vs Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC

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    Some people may be put off by the size/weight of a pro lens (not me :D )

Wolfcamera com.32823248
11 February 2010

This lens is great. I use the lens 95% of the time. The quick sharp focus is fantastic and can soak up so much light for low light shots. It is a tad heavy in comparison to some lenses I've had, however it's far better than those also. Well worth the price in my opinion.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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    Kinda heavy

23 February 2009

If image quality trumps equipment cost every time, either because you're a pro or because you're an aficionado with lots of cash, this is the zoom superwide to normal for you. Paired with a 70-200, the 55-70mm range is seldom missed and you have exceptional and fast glass for about every situation...

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    This lens is probably the pinnacle of superwide to "normal" zooms (which most DX shooter tend to find the most versatile range) ever made for the Nikon F-mount. Nice and fast fixed 2.8 aperture, and the crispness of the images it yields is stunning.

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    Extremely expensive. Very heavy and very large, especially with the lens hood attached-- literally twice the size of the Nikkor 18-70 and the Sigma 18-50. The lens hood just clips the corner of the frame at 17mm, which I'm at a loss to understand how Nikon let slip by one of their marquee DX lenses.

8 September 2009

I bought this lens to mate with my new Nikon D300 and upon opening the box, I was stunned at that build quality, heft and it having a literally silent motor. Optically, you can tell the pictures are sharper and clearer but I have to disclose that I upgraded from using entry level Tamron lens worth...

26 March 2012

Good quality. Fast focus.

Photography review.32822891
25 July 2007

I bought this lens after several months of using the do it all Nikon 18-200VR which I found useful but quite disappointing for critical use. I wished that I had bought this fine lens a long time ago. With its fast aperture, sharpness and tough build quality it is a perfect picture taking tool.

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    • Build quality, • Image quality, • Sharpness, • Fast aperture at all focal lengths, • No significant distortion, • Its heavy and stable to hold

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    • None

Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens / DX Format
  • 25.5-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three ED Glass Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-31 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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