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

BH #NI175528GAF • MFR #2147
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 25.5-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical and Three ED Elements
Designed as a DX workhorse, the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a 25.5-82.5mm-equivalent zoom characterized by its bright maximum aperture and sophisticated optical design. The fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables greater control over depth of field when working with selective focus techniques. The optical design incorporates three aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements, which help to greatly reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. A Super Integrated Coating also minimizes surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Complementing the optics, this lens also sports a Silent Wave Motor for fast and accurate autofocus along with full-time manual focus control.
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED Overview

Designed as a DX workhorse, the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a 25.5-82.5mm-equivalent zoom characterized by its bright maximum aperture and sophisticated optical design. The fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables greater control over depth of field when working with selective focus techniques. The optical design incorporates three aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements, which help to greatly reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. A Super Integrated Coating also minimizes surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Complementing the optics, this lens also sports a Silent Wave Motor for fast and accurate autofocus along with full-time manual focus control.

Standard zoom covers wide-angle to portrait-length focal lengths and is designed for Nikon F-mount DX-format cameras, where it provides a 25.5-82.5mm-equivalent range.
Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture affords consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and also affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Three aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
Three extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Super Integrated Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 018208021475

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

Focal Length17 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25.5 to 82.5mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View79° to 28° 50'
Minimum Focus Distance1.18' / 36 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.37 x 4.35" / 85.5 x 110.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.08" / 129 mm
Weight1.66 lb / 755 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.5 x 5 x 5"

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

Worth the wait

By Seth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-20

I'd been waiting for this lens for a while as it's been out of stock. I understand why most of the reviews have raved about it; it's sharp and focuses quickly (on my D7500.) Seems to be well-made, and the weight is about the same as my 105 2.8, so that doesn't bother me. Only 2 minor gripes. First, the hood is rather cantankerous to put back on in reverse for storage, a lot more difficult than any of my other Nikon lenses. I suspect it's because of the metal spring clip that the others don't have but maybe mine is just a problem. Second, the lens cap itself struggles to stay put. But those 2 annoyances aside, this was a great purchase.

Love it.

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-26

Very hesitant because of everyone saying this lens was beyond its time however after playing with the 16-80 (not impressed) I purchased the 17-55 on sale because I don't like buying used. This lens has not come off my D500 since arriving, the photos show excellent sharpness, great color and contrast and tons of detail. Seems like its still relevant for today's dx cameras.

I've had this lens for 10 years

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-04

This and my 105 are going to the grave with me

Still Great

By Sigur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-01

Made a review in July 2013 when I first bought this gem ... been through a couple of cameras since and now been having the D500 for over a year now ... photos are sharper than ever and now that I can take photos with little light with the D500, I've done some crazy high ISO with hardly any grain when I had to ... the f/2.8 comes in handy for that ... no VR is not an issue ... take shots at 1/20th sec and no blur at all ... so after the test of time, I'm more pleased that ever ! 17-70mm would be even better, but this thing stays on the camera and change to bigger zoom when necessary ... one GREAT lens !!!

Wish I still Had!

By Kelly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-22

This is by far the best lens I ever owned. I've been a pro-photographer for many many years and switched to Canon a couple of years back. I love Canon bodies but none of their lenses compare to this lens. IMO of course. I'll eventually purchase it again. Just wanted to share in case you're on the fence about buying it.... trust me it's worth it and holds resale value as well because it's just that good!

pro level build and image quality for dx/crop sensor camera

By Blessed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-01

I've used this lens as a back up on a d7100 - I also use a d750 and 24-70 2.8 Nikon as my main camera. It's a great lens, built like a tank (metal and heavy) and serves its purpose well for its focal length. If you don't understand the benefit of a constant 2.8 aperture, then you are probably wasting your money. I shoot events and weddings and need this focal length and constant aperture and may take 100,000 images per year so I need the build quality. If I had a d7200 or the new d500 and wanted high quality, this is worth the money. Otherwise, to a casual shooter who views their images mainly on a cell phone, it's probably a little more than you need.

Incredible Lens Using since 2006

By TARUN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-16

This is a very sharp lens, well built and use for 90% of my shots - mostly people, landscape and portraits

Loved this lens, but...

By demosthenes
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-23

I owned this lens for 10 years. I bought and tested three samples. #1 was good, #2 was very soft and #3 was good. #2 went back. #1 produced beautiful contrasty sharp images except on one side at certain wide focal lengths. #3 was sharp across the frame and zoom range but the images lacked contrast and color. I returned #3. I asked Nikon to test the lens I kept. Nikon confirmed my findings - generally very sharp but soft on one side at certain focal lengths. They recommended I leave it alone and I did. It served me well for over 10 years and the soft spots were rarely a problem. Lesson learned as of 10 years ago: there was a huge variance depending on the sample I received. I hope Nikon has tightened up it's quality control since then.

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Yes. This is among the hugest quality of DX lenses and will work with any D3000 or D5000 series, as well as the D7000.
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Date published: 2020-11-25

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Asked by: Daniel S.
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Hello: Is it compatible with the old model Nikon D300 ? Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Lens is fully compatible with the Nikon D300 DSLR camera, and is compatible with all Nikon DSLR cameras that use DX sensors, regardless of the camera's age.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Asked by: Charlie
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Asked by: Mike S.
I have only used this lens a few times since purchasing, but I must say I absolutely love it, unbeleiveabley sharp, quick to focus, and the color rendition superb, you can't go wrong with this lens.
Answered by: Walter R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I am wondering if this is the best all-around choice for my D90. I have been asked to photograph my sister's wedding, but would like something that is excellent for that yet is still useful for me afterward to us for street, travel scenery and nature.
Asked by: Anonymous
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Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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