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Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S

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Review Date: Jun 19, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Usable when stopped down to f11
Cons:
Dramatically poor performance on D200

Itīs unbelievable. Judging from the numerous raving reviews on the web about this lens I had no doubt ordering one and believed I wouldnt ever need anything else. I was shocked then about the performance after initial testing at various subjects with different apertures and focal lenghts: Dramatically poor!

This lens becomes usable not sooner than f5.6, its really bad below and a joke at 2.8. Probably it was a great lens back in the film days (I dont know, I dont shoot film) but on the D200 it really sucks.

Bjorn Rorslett by the way, one of the famous reviewers who rates this lens 5/5 and a "legend", said there was nothing wrong with my samples and this is what the lens is supposed to perform. Well, have a look for yourself before getting fooled by reviews and buying one. Heres a 100% crop at f2.8.

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What a disappointment... The 18-55 DX costs 10% and performs even better wide open. Considering the rip-off price, run away from this lens!