Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
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Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED review: 26 facts and highlights

1. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
f/2.8
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: f/1.2

2. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
55mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR: 800mm

3. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
74% have it

4. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
9
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S: 9

5. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
2.8f
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: 1.2f

6. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
76% have it

7. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
89% have it

8. magnification

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
0.2x
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR: 1.5x

9. transmission

The transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
3.1TStop
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F/1.8G: 1.6TStop

10. vignetting

The vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
-0.9
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR: -0.2

11. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22f
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F4E PF ED VR: 32f

12. chromatic aberration

The lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
14µm
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm F/4D IF-ED: 1µm

13. DxOMark score

DxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
15
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G: 28

14. sharpness result

The sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
6P-MPix
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G: 15P-MPix

15. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
83% have it

16. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
3.2x
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR: 16.7x

17. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22f
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G: 45f

18. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
0.36m
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm F/2.8G ED: 0.14m

19. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
67% have it

20. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
17mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED: 0.25mm

21. Is a normal lens

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
19% have it

22. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
79°
Nikon AF-S Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED: 180°

23. minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
28°
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR: 2°

24. Has rounded aperture blades

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
70% have it

25. distortion

The distortion result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Distortion in the lens refers to the variation of magnification throughout the image. More distortion will result in straight lines being recorded incorrectly in the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
0.4%
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm F/2G ED VR II: 0%

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