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

Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazing sharpness and AF performance, solid build quality, low-light performance, Perfect mate for any D2X!
Price... but it's worth every penny.

After shooting with the 18-35mm lens for almost a year I often wondered if the 17-35mm lens would be that much different and justify the price? Well, it is and it does!

The AF performance is awesome, even in low light, and having a 2.8 aperature allows you much more versatility than the 18-35mm allowed. Being able to switch to manual focus from a switch on the lens offers a lot of unique opportunity as well when you might not be getting the right focus with Focus Lock or need to fine tune a little more.

The main negative aspect that everyone seems to bring up (myself included) is the price. Even though the production value of this lens is worth well more than its MSRP, it's still an expensive lens and purchasing it needs to be thought through carefully.

This lens is mainly used on a D2X and the performance is just awesome. With a DX format sensor this lens allows you to gather more wide angle range yet achieve stunning sharpness.

In talking with people who own and use this lens, I have yet to find someone that regrets purchasing it!