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

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Jul 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, optics, zooming length
Cons:
price!

after dropping close to $2000 on the d300, i opted on a cheaper lens such as the 18-200vr. a plethora seems to be available on craigslist so i took the plunge and purchased one for $550. my first shoot was my friends little cousin's birthday and i was disappointed with the quality of my images. granted there were alot of keepers but i found some with blur on action shot. at f/3.5-5.6 it was definitely not fast enough.

i then had plans to work in singapore for 1 month and i was not happy with the 18-200vr. i sold it immediately while looking for a bargain deal for the 17-55mm (didnt want to pay full price with tax). i searched craigslist for days prior to my departure for singapore. i was lucky to find someone local who was selling his. i immediately contacted him and sealed the transaction.

while using it in a foreign country, the 17-55mm held out well. images are great and most of all i appreciated its build quality. it was raining once and coupled with my d300, i need not worry.

the only thing that bothered my was during night shots. i had a few images with flares from a light source. i shot in manual with f/22 and 30sec exposure and held on a tripod and definitely got some flare. i think is this normal based on what i read on some threads. although, it could just be my technique that needs improvement.