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

Review Date: Aug 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp as a tack, built like a tank, super-fast AF
Size/weight, but that's inevitable, considering the performance.

The 17-55 DX is the best "normal" zoom I've ever used. I can't believe that another reviewer found problems in the corners, it must be a defective or sub-standard lens because mine is tack sharp all over the place from f/4 on. The f/2.8 performance is also awesome and consiberably better than just "usable", as in most zooms I've used (Canon, Sigma, other Nikons etc.) This lens spends most of the time on my D2x (a match made in heaven!) but performance on my D70 is also phenomenal.

The only complaint I have is the price. I had the opportunity to try a $420 Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 and when you stop it down, it comes pretty close to the 17-55. But since I REALLY needed pro-caliber f/2.8, this Nikon zoom was the obligatory choice. Still, it costs three times as much as the Sigma and it sure isn't three times better. I think Nikon should definitely work on their pricing.