A light weight, wide aperture zoom in a very useful focal length. 3 ED elements and 3 aspherical lenses minimize distortion and chromatic aberration, and 9 bladed aperture ring maximizes smooth bokeh.
This lens is considered probably the best ‘standard’ range lens available for Nikon digital cameras.
There are several choices in the 17-50mm range for crop sensor cameras, and rather than doing separate takes for each, I thought a bit of comparison would be better. The summary, though, is they are all pretty good. Whichever you choose will probably leave you satisfied. An important generalization first: all of the 17-50 lenses are sharper at the wide end than at the long end. If you think you’ll be shooting mostly at 50mm or so, you might want to consider a 24-70 or similar range lens or similar range lens.
Nikon 17-55 f/2.8: The most expensive of the bunch by a good margin. It doesn’t have vibration reduction. It autofocuses more more quickly than the Tamron, which has a micro-motor rather than USM motor. It has less distortion (although it’s still significant at 2%. It’s built like a truck and would be my choice for war-zone photography. Otherwise, it’s really expensive compared to the others.
Sigma 17-50 HSM OS: is as sharp as the Canon in the center, and at f/4 is as sharp in the corners too. Maybe even sharper than the Canon at f/4. It has more barrel distortion at the wide end at 2.9%. That is easy to correct in photoshop, but correcting distortion also decreases resolution, particularly in the corners. Probably as good as the Canon except for autofocus in low light.
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC this lens has excellent vibration control, as does the Sigma and Canon. It’s not quite as sharp as either, although it’s in the same ballpark, and it is less expensive. It has even more barrel distortion than the Sigma, though, at 3.3% at the wide end. Has had some autofocus problems with some Canon cameras where only the center AF point is active.
- Filter Size
- 77mm (nonrotating front element)
- 1.6 lb (without tripod collar)
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 1.2 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (crop frame)
- 79 to 28.5 degrees
- Zoom method
- Barrel extending, nonrotating
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal, Silent Wave motor, FT manual
- Aperture Blades
- 9, circular wide open , heptagonal at f5.6
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- minimal, mild contrast loss
- Nikon F
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