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

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Jul 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast, balanced, build quality, bokeh
Cons:
none I can think of

I sold my 17-55 so I could trade up from my D200 to the D300. I missed it immediately. Within a week I bought a used one for $950. These can be had for even cheaper used. Mine was like new and all I can say is "Yes!!".

It makes me a better photographer. I looked at the 18-200 VR and just couldn't bring myself to buy a toy lens. Alright, the 18-200 VR is OK but, the 17-55 is the Mercedes Benz compared to the Kia. For me anyways, the balance (with the battery grip) with this lens on my D300 is superb. It's a hefty lens but, I feel I am using a pro lens. I get great night concert shots in the pit with this wide open. I go from 17mm to 55mm hundreds of times during events like these and the 17-55 gives me real keeper shots. If you're reading this then you are already considering it. So get it then! With my 85 f/1.4 and 70-200 f/2.8 VR I get all the shots. I've tried the cheaper lenses and there is a huge difference with regards to sharpness and that wonderful out of focus bokeh. If you are willing to pay $700 or so for a 18-200VR then look around and pay another $250 or so and get a good used 17-55. They are out there.