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

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Aug 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast aperture, fast AF, sharp, solid vuild, reverse zoom, good zoom range
Cons:
Significant distortion, prone to flare, lack of corner sharpness, not razor sharp at the wide and tele end.

The 17-55 DX is significantly sharper than my 18-70 kit lens. Center sharpness is outstanding at all apertures. Corner sharpness is disappointing, even stopped down. Distortion is significant, and frequently needs correction in Photoshop. The lens is also surprisingly prone to flare. Despite the drawbacks, it's a very good lens, and pretty much the only professional-quality normal zoom for Nikon's DX format.