Nikon Zoom Super Wide Angle AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens USA

You Pay: $1,759.00

This AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens is an ultra-wide-angle rectilinear zoom lens with a range of professional-level features that yield overall superior performance. In addition to providing the shortest close-focusing distance in its class 0.28m (0.9 ft.) throughout the entire zoom range, the lens also features a fast constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths. It is ideal for photojournalism and general professional-level photographic needs.

Note: AF-S feature is not supported by certain camera models. Please see here for a list of compatible models.

Fast, ultra-wideangle zoom lens with Silent Wave Motor
Performance
Focal Length 17 - 35mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 104° - 62°
DX Picture Angle: 79° - 44°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" (28 cm)
Magnification 0.22x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 13/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 4.2" (8.38 x 10.67 cm)
Weight 1.64 lb (745 g)
Nikon Zoom Super Wide Angle AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens
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  • HB-23 Lens Hood
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    4.8

    (based on 143 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (136)
    • Strong construction (108)
    • Durable (104)
    • Consistent output (92)
    • Rugged (82)

    Cons

    • Heavy (34)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (79)
    • Low light (52)
    • Night photography (52)
    • Weddings (32)
    • General purpose (27)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nikon's Most Usable Wide Angle Lens

    For those of you researching which wide angle lens to buy before plunking down your hard earned cash, please allow me to point out a few things learned by experience. I shoot primarily landscape...Read complete review

    For those of you researching which wide angle lens to buy before plunking down your hard earned cash, please allow me to point out a few things learned by experience. I shoot primarily landscape images, so wide angle lenses are constantly in my bag. I shoot quite a few moving water shots, where I use a polarizer and variable neutral density filter to get the longer exposures to obtain the effect I am looking for. Having multiple lenses is great, if you don't mind lugging them around and can afford them. But if you only wish to buy one wide angle zoom lens, read on - this may help you make a decision.

    After trading in some old primes and a 28-85mm zoom, I purchased the 14-24mm f2.8. It is an excellent lens - even the Canon users buy it, as Canon has nothing that can touch it. Clarity, bokeh are outstanding. I love this lens. For an ultra-wide, in my opinion, there is no equal. That said, it does have limitations. The front element is large and convex, and there is no front element protection if you aren't careful. You cannot attach filters (the screw-in type) to the front of this lens. As of this writing, you can purchase an adapter from Lee for a substantial amount of money - if they are available. Then there is buying filters to use in that adapter. More money. There is also the issue of light reflecting off the rear of the filters in front of the lens element. Annoying to say the least. If you use filters in the field as I do (saves time in post capture) this is really a strong point to consider.

    I also have the excellent 24-70mm f2.8. Another exceptional lens, and this one is on my camera most of the time, if I'm only going to carry one lens. I'm very happy with it. I won't review this lens in it's entirety here, you can read the reviews under its column. This lens has the ability to attach filters to the front of the lens, but I have vignetting issues when using a couple of my filters - even with the thin rings. The vignetting seems to disappear around 28 mm, but when using this lens wide and for multiple image panoramas, the vignetting does cause extra work, post capture, especially when stitching those images together. Something to be aware of. I found that photographing in some tight creekside areas, I just couldn't get wide enough and needed the extra few millimeters on the wide-side that the 24-70mm or my 24mm prime didn't have. The 14-24mm would work, but I could not use any filters to extend the exposure time. Enter the 17-35mm.

    I had strongly considered the 17-35mm when I purchased the 14-24mm. Through use, I have experienced that the 14-24mm is more of a specialty lens, which is great - but it does have its limits. Needing to fill the void of not being able to use filters on the 14-24mm but needing wider view than that of the 24-70mm, I bought the 17-35mm. After using this lens now for 6 months, I have found that the majority of my recent wide angle shots have been taken with this lens. Build quality is excellent. It feels solid, focuses well on auto (although I use mostly manual - old habits are hard to kick) and is very sharp. There is a little distortion at 17mm, but if it bothers you, that can be corrected easily in Photoshop. With filters installed ( SinghRay Vari-ND and polarizer ) there is only very slight vignetting at 17mm, and completely gone by 19mm. If you using only one filter, there is none, even at 17mm.

    Nikon also has the 16-35mm f4, and it has VR (vibration reduction), which to me is not a big deal. It's a little longer, a little lighter and about $500 less than the 17-35mm. It gets good reviews, and although I have not used one, I do subscribe to the "You get what you pay for" mantra. The 17-35mm is one of Nikon's pro-lenses, the 16-35 is not. Nikon Pro Glass is top quality - 'nuff said. Nice to have the f2.8 as well for those smooth blurry backgrounds or less light when needed.

    Now that all that has been said, the 17-35mm would have been a better choice for an ultra-wide, and should have been my first choice. Don't get me wrong, I love my 14-24mm too - I just don't use it as much. It's a lot of coin to have sitting in your camera bag, yet unbeatable on those rare occasions when conditions are right and you really need it. However, you will have to decide what your primary use for a wide angle lens will be, what if any accessories (filters, hoods) you will be using, and what your budget will allow. Personally, I think the 17-35mm is a much more versatile and usable lens.

    Bottom line - If you only can afford one wide angle zoom lens, in my humble opinion, the 17-35mm f2.8 is the ticket.

    Would I recommend it to a friend? I think I just did.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good build quality, but images not

    Well built lens with good features. However, the right and left edges really suffer from lack of sharpness and what appears to be chromatic abberation. Tried on a D300S and a D800E with...Read complete review

    Well built lens with good features. However, the right and left edges really suffer from lack of sharpness and what appears to be chromatic abberation. Tried on a D300S and a D800E with pretty much the same results. For the price, I'd look else where. This lens gets good reviews, so, I may have a lemon......

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    5.0

    A magnificent tool

    By Chris

    from Crescent City, Ca

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Creative
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

    I bought this because i was in need of lenses for the fx format after purchasing my Nikon D610. This great camera requires great lenses. I was using my 32 yr old AIs 28 mm and 35-105mm and my newer70-200 f 2.8 VR1 with greatsuccess, but realy wanted wide angle and AF. This lens seemed the way to go. I tried buying it off of [@]like 3 times used with bad experiences. I only wanted a Nikon USA, lens with the "SWM" and "aspherical" enscription, since that indicates the later production on these lenses. I ended up speaking to "Phil" (pretty sure that was his name), and asked him to physically look at his in-stock lenses and make sure of my criteria. He did. He then mailed me a primo condition lens and the results are visible in the attached photos. This is a killer lens. The words "photojournalism lens" are sometimes used and I see why. You can use available light and get fabulous effects. See for yourself. The ezpected distortion from wide angles is easily corrected in Lightroom. The sharpness is outstanding. I wish I could show 5 more pictures.

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    5.0

    Fantastic wide angle lens

    By Brian S

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

      Oldie but goodie. Nikon 17-35mm is an awesome wide angle for FX cameras. It built like a tank, something that most of the new zooms lack. Optically, this one is better than newer Nikon 16-35 f/4 but still lags behind famous Nikon 14-24 f/2.8. Contrast and color rendering is absolutely great and this thing is sharp even at f/2.8.

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      5.0

      Outstanding glass

      By Kermit 6

      from Midlothian, VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

        Have not found anything major to complain about. I was considering the 16-24 zoom but the exposed front element made me nervous. I am very pleased with my decision and find this lens sharp, smooth and comfortable to use hand held or supported.

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        5.0

        ultimate lens for landscape!

        By Fredricke Pusong

        from Singapore

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

        i bought this lens due to its tough build, image quality and ability to mount filters. the newer lenses are no match to this classic in terms of build quality. so far i am loving it!

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        5.0

        Best super wide alternative

        By Pacho

        from Bogota, Colombia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Max Aperture
        • Quality
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          After agonizing which super wide to buy and studying all of them, this feels the right one given quality, zoom range, max aperture and build.

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          5.0

          excelent

          By Eduardo

          from Brazil

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          Excelent lenses. Isso have one 14 - 24 55 f20/2.8
          The focus not very fast.
          Very Happy

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          5.0

          Rented it, loved it so much I bought it

          By Justjmisfine

          from Miami, fl

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          If you are a pro looking for technical jargon, you might want to skip this review as I'm a hobbyist and not versed on technical stuff past f-stops, shutter speeds, ISOs and darkroom stuff.

          I don't have a big budget so I use a long-discontinued dslr and I MacGyver whenever possible- styrofoam boards, aluminum foil, mirrors, twine, cardboard, etc.

          There is no substitute, however, for quality glass.

          I borrowed this lens from a pro photographer friend (on my d50 and on my friend's d300), then rented it again when on vacation shooting landscapes and knew I just had to save up and get this lens, even if it was only to be used for landscapes.

          Turns out I've been pleased with the results not just for the landscapes but for being able to get close up and still capture lots of detailed information, which is great for portraits in intimate settings, shooting artwork, etc.

          I recommend renting it and trying it on different bodies as I have to best see the results.

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          4.0

          Nice Lens

          By Nick

          from Clive, Iowa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          Very nice lens. pictures are sharp. But it is heavy (all good lenses are heavy). somehow I can still see a little bit bulk distortion for the building pictures. I need to try more.

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          5.0

          One of Nikons Finest - Fast and Sharp

          By Russ

          from Ventura, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          Built like a tank and one of Nikon's finest lenses.

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          5.0

          What you'd expect

          By Derek in IT

          from Olympia, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

          I've wanted this lens for a long time now. Now that I have it, I can say it has not disappointed me. Decent in low light and good for a variety of uses. However, it is heavier than I remember.

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          5.0

          Great camera lens.

          By Dave

          from Upstate New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

              A bit pricey but a great lens.

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              4.0

              Excellent, but not the best from 17-20mm

              By Ericdbleagle

              from Washington, D.C.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                This is a great lens, versitile and top of the line, overall very sharp, fairly well controlled distortion for the wide angles and with the 77mm filter size and zoom range is a great travel photography lense. However, if you are setting up to take the shapest possible at the wider focal lengths (<24mm) you might want to think seriously about the Nikon 14-24/f2.8 if you can live without filters or have the time when in shooting mode to set up the adapters available. The 17-35/f2.8 is best above 24mm for sharpness accross the frame, light fall off and CA control... in my experience. Of course most of this is correctable and not relavent for most uses... so an excellent lens to have on your camera for long periods of time. Again, especially for traveling as it weight is reasonable for the trade off of not having to switch out primes.

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                5.0

                excellent

                By Renato

                from São Paulo, Brazil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                    Possibly my favorite lens

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                    3.0

                    Good build quality, but images not

                    By Bob

                    from Dallas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                      Well built lens with good features. However, the right and left edges really suffer from lack of sharpness and what appears to be chromatic abberation. Tried on a D300S and a D800E with pretty much the same results. For the price, I'd look else where. This lens gets good reviews, so, I may have a lemon......

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                      3.0

                      Not what I expected

                      By Land and sea guy

                      from Montreal, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                      I purchased this lens as a general everyday lens that would stay on the D300S 90% of the time for outdoor and low-light interior shots. I already have other Nikon "pro" zoom lenses (24-70 f/2.8 VR II and 70-200 f/2.8) so I had high expectations for this $[$]+ lens. The "imported" lens I purchased was defective and was sent back to B&H for repair. The repaired/adjusted lens is slightly better but still far from what I expected. At f/2.8 and 17mm, the contrast is poor, the pictures are not sharp and there's a weird "diffused" effect around high contrast objects in pictures. Performance at other focal lengths and apertures is mostly acceptable but if I can't use this lens at its widest setting and f/2.8, it totally defeats its purpose. Since I don't have a second lens to compare it with, I can't tell if this is typical or if I was shipped a defective lens again. My advice would be to try it before buying and make sure that the performance at f/2.8 is acceptable. It is not for me.

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely an exceptional lens!

                      By scout

                      from Redding, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Street photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                        This is an exceptionally great lens. It's fast and super sharp. I like it! It's my new fave!

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                        4.0

                        OK lens

                        By UW guy

                        from Eastern Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                        Solid lens, built to last. After 100 pics or so, It might be too early to judge but the benefits compared to cheaper DX lenses such as the 16-85mm are not yet obvious (other than in low light). Image quality and precision of focus do not appear to be exceptional... yet. I'll append this review once I have used it in more situations. Maybe I was expecting too much from this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent wide-angle zoom lens

                        By FotoTed

                        from Payson, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                        Based on my useage, not any testing, I find this to be an excellent wide angle zoom lens. I use it primarily for landscape photography. However, I am not sure how durable it is. I am now using a replacement for my first AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens. My first lens dropped about four feet onto mud. After cleaning a minor amount of mud from the lens, I found that the zoom no longer zoomed. Even though no lens likes to be dropped, I was surprised that this drop damaged the lens mechanism.

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                        4.0

                        Sweet NightScape Lens

                        By TetonRiver

                        from Wyoming

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                        I found this lens to be exactly what I wanted for shooting nightscapes of the Rockies when paired with the D800's ISO capabilities. While I've only been shooting with it for a few weeks, I have been impressed with the focus speed and sharpness and have been able to create simple panos I'm happy with when cropped from the D800. This lens replaced a DX 10-24. I chose this lens over the 14-24 for the ability to attach the polarizer and lack of concern for protection of the front element. So far I'm pleased. Only negative comment was the zoom ring was stiff at the 35mm end out of the box. It seemed to loosen after a few times of use. The case is impressive.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By Jayaram

                        from California

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Lens:

                            Good service

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