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

Review Date: Jul 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp,sharp,sharp..instant focus..very close resistant..solid build..intuitive focus and zoom placement...77mm filter size
flare when shooting right into the sun...but that is my fault I guess

I started with the 18-70mm lens that came with the D70 and was a little dissapointed with picture quality. I do a few weddings and have small shows of my nature shots, orchids, reptiles and landscapes. I went to the local camera shop and they highly suggested this lens as well as the 28-75mm Sigma. This won out due to the picture quality. I like to go to the camera store and shoot with the different lens. Go home and look at the prints and then decide. You can read all the reviews here and on www.kenrockwell and www.bythom etc but in the end it's YOUR perception of how the photo looks not mine that counts. The print quality between the 2 lens was easy to see. This lens hardly ever leaves my camera. It seems at first to be a little heavy on the D70 but I soon got very used to it. Zoom and focus are the same as other Nikkor glass, unlike the "kit" lens. The Manual override for focus is well placed and works well. The focus ability of this lens is amazingly fast and accurate. I have shot entire weddings with only this lens. My lens came with a very secure hood and black velvet pouch and a 5 year US Warranty. I would value where you buy this more than how cheaply you can get one. It has survived a few rain squalls and a rouge wave at a beach wedding. After now 6 months of use and 7000 pictures it hardly shows any wear. A big negative was the DX rating. I have seen the D2X now come out with the 1.5x magnification factor due to the APS size sensor. So I too read the reviews and purchased one. I suggest that if your serious about your photography then you get your own.