This Lens has intrigued me for quite sometime.
My inspiration came from reviewing the possibility of purchasing the Nikon 24 -70mm 2.8. I decide against this Lens simply because on my DX D7100, I would not get the benefit of the 24mm.
The 1.5 Crop Factor would have given me a field of view “equivalent” to 35mm on a Full Frame Camera. It seemed pointless at this stage making the investment in this Lens and not getting the full value.
After doing some research, I came across the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 and the field of view for this DX Lens has been designed for a DX Camera and is equivalent to 25.5mm – 82.5mm on a Full Frame. Do you notice anything interesting about this field of view focal length for this particular Lens?
I began to experience some level of excitement simply because this is the DX version of the classic Nikon 24 – 70 mm.
I went to my local camera shop to test drive this lens and had the sales assistant take a shot of me with this lens mounted on my camera. The photograph straight out of my camera sold me on this lens and I decided then and there this would be a lens I would love to own.
Now, I have to say, when it comes to reviewing camera equipment, I am the last person to be evaluating the ins and outs, the mathematical computation, the pixel peeping etc on any Lens or Camera. All I care about is, does this particular Lens support me in achieving my outcome? - which is to capture vibrant, vivid and compelling images.
I am happy to say that the Nikon 17 – 55 mm f2.8 has fulfilled all of my expectations and then some. It has been mounted on my Nikon D7100 and it is a perfect fit – balances perfectly, a little bit heavy and yet I feel comfortable with the added weight.
What I like most about this Lens, along with the 2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range is the simple fact that it feels like I have a number of prime Lenses in one. I've been shooting seriously for about 18 months and discovered my passion for the 35mm lens. If you take in the 1.5 Crop Factor of the DX system, that equates to about 50mm. I am actually referring to 35mm on a Full Frame. This came about simply because I have been shooting with my pocket Fuji X – 100 T which is a fixed Prime Lens set at 23 mm which comes with a field of view equivalent to 34.5/35mm on a Full Frame.
The Nikon 17-55mm has three key focal lengths that appeal to me when I'm out shooting:
17mm: 25mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Wide Angle Shooting
24mm: 35mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Shooting Street Photography
55mm: 82.5mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Street Portraits
These focal lengths with a constant Aperture of 2.8 throughout the zoom range have made this a worthwhile investment.
I have been shooting with this lens for the last week and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I've heard other people say this lens has stayed on the body of their camera and hasn't come off and I am beginning to understand why.
It ticks all the right boxes in terms of the different subjects I enjoy shooting. As someone who enjoys travelling and travelling with one camera and one lens, this is an ideal outcome.
I thought it would be interesting to support this blog review with some images from my recent adventure using this lens. All of the images were shot in Raw Mode, imported into Lightroom 5 with some processing. I wanted to experiment with the power of this lens in combination with my D7100 to see the depth and vibrant quality of the colours and contrast this combination would produce.
You can decide for yourself and see if the Nikon 17 – 55 mm lens on a Crop Sensor body like the D 7100 is a match made in heaven.
To start off, here's a wide angle shot at 17mm.
I love shooting long exposures during The Blue Hour and here is a shot of Wembley Stadium at 17mm.
Here is a street image shot at 24 mm
And finally, a portrait at 55 mm
The Slide Show features some more images with this amazing Lens.
Finally, I want to thank the staff at Camera Jungle for their excellent service in providing me with this Lens at an affordable price. If this particular Lens is of interest to you, do yourself a favour and check out Camera Jungle, they provide excellent equipment for the enthusiasts and professionals.
Check out their website: www.camerajungle.co.uk
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