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

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Dec 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.99 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent weight and construction. Optics are second to none (well, maybe Zeiss), sharpness is 9/10 (which is waay above average)
Cons:
"G" lens still has me bothered, not internal zoom. The fact that this lens extends quite a bit while zooming really bothers me. Not like my 17-35. Very disappointing.

Just bought this lens, and I have to say that I am impressed. I enjoy the extra length; this is an extremely versatile pro lens. The color saturation is top notch, and sharpness is almost perfect, end to end. Flaring and ghosting are a problem with this lens, so always have large lens hood on, and don't shoot directly into the sun (no shit?). <p> The only problem I have with the lens in that fact that it extends and retracts as one zooms. Now, one of the great aspects of some other pro zooms, like the 17-35 f/2.8 and the 80-200 f/2.8 Nikkors, is that they zoom internally, which is far more attractive and also decreases ghosting and flaring.<p>I suppose with the added focal length this is only necessary, but what a truly perfect lens this would be if it zoomed internally.