Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED DX - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published May 2006

Lens kindly provided by Horst Schneider!


The Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED DX is a gold ring lens indicating a professional grade Nikon lens for F-mount DSLRs. It is a designated DX lens with a reduced image circle - therefore it is not compatible to full frame Nikon cameras. The field-of-view is equivalent to 25.5-82.5mm so it covers a little more range compared to the classic 28-70mm f/2.8 standard zooms.

The AF-S 17-55mm has a price tag a little beyond the 1000 EUR/US$ barrier but upon first contact it is pretty obvious that you also get some value for your money - the build quality of the lens is superb. The lens body is made of metal and there're rubber sealings to protect it against dust and humidity. The focus ring operates pretty smooth whereas the zoom ring is slightly on the stiff side but it is also well damped. The lens extends slightly at the extreme ends of the zoom range - more so towards the wide end as you may notice in the product images above. While this design may appear a little unusual (though not unprecedented) it has obviously advantages regarding the lens hood which can be deeper and therefore more effective. Thanks to an IF (internal focusing) design the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem. Typical for all G lenses the Nikkor does not provide a dedicated aperture ring anymore. Like most modern Nikkors it features a silent-wave (ultrasonic) AF motor providing very fast and near-silent AF operations.

Equiv. focal length25.5-82.5 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction14 elements in 10 groups inc. 3 ED and 3 aspherical glass elements
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.36 m @ 35 mm (max. magnification ratio 1:5)
Dimensions86 x 111 mm
Weight755 g
Filter size77 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-31 (supplied), petal-shaped
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera. Sealing.

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