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

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

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: APS-C / DX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2003-07-22

MSRP Price: $1449

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: This high-performance, wide-angle zoom is designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, is fast and versatile for travel and portrait work

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length17-55mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatAPS-C / DX
Compatible Format(s)DX, FX in DX Crop Mode
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.20x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)79°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)28°50'
Optical Information
Lens Elements14
Lens Groups10
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements3
Aspherical Elements3
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.2 ft. (0.36m)
Focus Mode SwitchAuto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.4x4.4 in. (Diameter x Length) 85.5x110.5mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 26.6 oz. (755g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesHB-31 Hood, CL-1120 Case, 77mm lens cap, Rear lens cap

Lens Construction

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED Construction

MTF Chart

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED MTF Tele AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED MTF Wide


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Melinda Shay

It’s my new go to lens! Very smooth zoom ring, but stiff enough that it doesn’t bump out of place. The construction is insane, it truly is a tank of a lens, but definitely worth it if you plan on taking it out to play. My only concern going in is that this lens does not have VR, which third party lenses have for a significantly cheaper price. Because of how I use this lens it isn’t as much of an issue for me, but something to consider if it will make a difference in your work! Check the used market first for a good deal!

Victor Guimarães

I do not know how you can consider this outdated lens, it is by far the best medium zoom lens in the Dx format, no other achieves the MTF values of this lens, there is not even another lens with aperture 2.8 at all focal lengths, yes it is heavy, but as any photographer knows, a lens with good glass and professional construction (Metal, not plastic) is heavy.

Jim Thomas

Probably Nikon’s best DX zoom lens, made back when Nikon didn’t make a full-frame camera.
(I suspect if Nikon didn’t move up to Full-Frame sensors, they would have other options with this quality.)
This is a pro lens in every way: constant maximum 2.8 aperture, weather sealed at the mount, ED glass, built to take the professional use for which it was intended.

Amitabh Talukdar

Very sharp lens and very heavy. Has some distortion at 17mm, Very expensive lens in this category. I have compared with cheaper Sigma 17-50 2.8 and Nikon35mm 1.8, both lenses are almost 90% closer to this lens. Not sure why Nikon kept it very expensive about $1400, if you can get an used lens at about $600 – $800 then it really worth buying. Overall its a good lens.

pj sinohin

Optimal focal length for any DX body esp D7000 and higher.
Truly sharp lens above the rest of DX mid range zooms.