Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 - Has anyone used it?

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  1. HckySo macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone have experience with this lens? I currently have a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 on my Fuji S2 Pro. I find my current lens isn't exactly as sharp as I would like it to be and it's too slow (not to mention it feels really cheap). I've always loved using the Nikon 17-55mm at work but I'm wondering if there is any reason I should not spend $1200 on one?
     
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    Because the Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 (or was it 17-55 mm??) is supposed to be fantastic as well, and cheaper.

    If you have the money, then go for the Nikon. I'm sure it's great. However, if you want to save money (and I can't tell if this is your main concern from your post), go to Photozone.de or slrgear.com and look for reviews of the Sigma 18-50 mm or Tamron 17-50 mm.
     
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    While I find reviews to be helpful, I also find real life shots from real life people useful. Check this site for your lenses to see if there are any real user sample shots, not reviewer shots. Camera/Lens Database
     
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Have a look at third-party lenses which are a lot more affordable. If you want to have lenses that have a `quality-feel' to them, definitely go for Tokina lenses, they are built like tanks (typically full-metal lenses). They offer a 2.8/16-50 lens. There are alternatives by Tamron and Sigma that are cheaper and more plasticky.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Sigma EX lenses aren't plasticy at all.

     
  6. HckySo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not too concerned about price (as long as it's under $1400 or so) and I'm not necessarily looking for something that can survive a war. I want the fastest, best performing, most bang for my buck lens that provides the same general zoom range. My boss had this lens as his main lens before he switched to Canon, I loved it, I'm just having second thoughts before I buy this and I really want to make sure I'm perfectly sure this is the right one for me.
     
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Compared to the offerings from Tokina, the Sigma and Tamron lenses do not have the "heft" that Tokina has. For my 12-24, the Tokina justs feels more solid than the Nikon 12-24....
     
  8. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    I have the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX and its a fantastic lens. Built like a tank, feels solid. There's nothing I can really say thats negative about this lens, except the price ;). I had considered the 18-70mm lens when looking.. I know, totally different prices... but was debating whether I needed the 2.8 or not. The quality of the pictures that it produces is exactly what you'd expect for the price you pay... they are fantastic. Perhaps I'll get to post a pic or two later :)
     
  9. Mark Scheuern macrumors member

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    I agree with the above. It's a great lens. Extremely versatile and high quality.
     
  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    These show up on the used market now and then for a lot less than $1,200. The 17-55 is not a light weight lens it's earned it's nick name "The Beast" because it is one. But if you like this range and the f/2.8 speed it's the one to get. But primes are f/1.4 that's a full TWO stops faster for half the bulk and 1/4 the price. Two stops is a lot but then wthout a zoom you have to use your feet. But then two tops means 4x faster shutter speeds and more shots become hand holdable
     
  11. HckySo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand the advantages of prime lenses however for the type of photography I do I'm much better off with a wide angle lens plus I hear the 17-55 is comparably sharp to a prime and I like f/2.8. I think later on if I get longer zoom lenses I'll get a prime to fill the gap.

    Anyway, where do you see these cheaper used prices? Do you have any suggestions on websites to buy used equipment from? And is it smart to buy used glass?
     
  12. gogojuice macrumors member

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    Just browsing the forums and thought I would add my 2 cents.
    f course this depends totally on your budget, but since your looking at this lens/price range I will put this forward as a suggestion.

    2 Lens System.

    For our business we use 17-55's and 70-200 vr

    This covers most of the common ground you will need to cover and gives you the best lenses out there, at a price.

    If you want a bit more, grab a macro, and if you need longer add a tele converter to the 70-200.

    The 17-55 produces nice brokeh (creamy backgrounds) at 2.8.

    I am sure you can find nice examples. If not PM and I'll send you some from our site.

    Cheers
     
  13. libertyterran macrumors member

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    I just wish I had the money to buy a 70-200VR lens :(. It costs 2500 AUD over here :(... The 17-55 is about 2000 AUD ...
     
  14. hanschien macrumors 6502

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    Actually the 28-70f2.8 from what I've read is considered more of a beast between the two.
     
  15. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    Sorry it took me so long to post these. Just 2 I pulled up really quick. If you click on the thumbnail, they look better :D

    Edit: Sorry they are so large, I forgot to resize :eek:
     

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  16. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    I know Nate and Jaclyn from Image is Found used that lens, and only that lens on their D2Xs cameras for a long while. They just switched to Canon, but their best work was done with that lens.
     
  17. HckySo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow! All these amazing photographers are switching to Canon! Even you! Is it because the 5D is full frame or something?

    And thanks for the sample RAWr!

    UPDATE: I ordered it. Two months for shipping, interesting.
     
  18. HckySo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The beast has arrived.
    [​IMG]
    It's everything I had hoped for and more.
     
  19. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    Congratulations HckySo! You're definitely going to love that lens. Its fantastic. Please post some shots you take with your new lens. :)
     
  20. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Seconded, Tokina lenses are built like tanks and easily surpass all Nikon and Canon glass in its price-class, too.
     

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