Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 D IF-ED - Review / Lab Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published July 2006

Lens kindly provided by Josef Merk!


The Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 D IF-ED is a gold ring lens indicating a professional grade Nikon lens for F-mount DSLRs. Released back in 1999 it is a full frame lens but in the scope of this review we'll have a look how it performs on a Nikon D200 where its field-of-view is equivalent to 25.5-52.5mm. So on APS-C DSLRs it looses its ultra-wide angle characteristic towards a standard zoom.

At around 1800€/US$ you better have to get some value for your money and the build quality of the lens is certainly superb. The lens body is made of metal and control rings operate very smooth. The inner lens tube moves marginally during zooming but the physical length of the lens remains constant at all times. Thanks to an IF (internal focusing) design the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem (even with attached hood). Like most modern Nikkors it features a silent-wave (ultrasonic) AF motor providing very fast and near-silent AF operations.

Equiv. focal length25.5-52.5 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction13 elements in 10 groups inc. 2 ED and 3 aspherical elements (two molded, one hybrid)
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.28 m (max. magnification ratio 1:4.6)
Dimensions83 x 106 mm
Weight745 g
Filter size77 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-23 (supplied), petal-shaped
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera.

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