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Nikon 17-35 2.8 or 17-55 2.8 DX ?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by pcpearce, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. I am looking to buy either the Nikon 17-35 2.8 or 17-55 2.8 DX lens...

    I will be using this type of lens at prize-giving ceremonies or close action shots. What would be the best lens ?


  2. 17-55. Great events lens. And having looked at your gallery (impressive!!) I think it will give you more flexibility.
  3. 1FASTZ


    Jan 25, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    Paul, this question has been covered several times here. Do a quick forum search and you'll find tons of reading material comparing the two. I own and love the 17-55, but have never tried the 17-35. Based on the reading that I have done, you can't go wrong with either one.
  4. 28-70,

    I'd want that extra reach in the long end.
  5. yoyo


    Nov 9, 2006
    The Netherlands
    Wait two months...
  6. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    17-55, no advantage in getting the 17-35 if you don't plan to use it on 35mm.
  7. Interesting comment. Care to expand on that Yo?
  8. adrianaitken

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    Unless you don't like flare (admittedly not much chance of that being a problem in the UK at the moment though) !!
  9. yoyo


    Nov 9, 2006
    The Netherlands
    Inside info.
  10. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Interesting... :biggrin:
  11. ckdamascus


    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Based on that comment... I am speculating an update... maybe with VR.
  12. I must be in a bad mood. I read yoyo's post as speculative provocative and not very helpful to the original posters question. Especially since there is nothing more than, "insider information." It could be a full frame camera body so the 17-35 would be a better choice etc etc etc. Makes me wish for a Nikon rumor forum.

    Temper tantrum done.

    If using on a current digital camera I would get the 17-55. Great flexibilty and IIRC it was designed to be a photojournalist type lens. From the OP's gallery it looks like that's his style.

    That said if you have/use film cameras along with the digitals get the 17-35.

    Both are great lenses in any case.
  13. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    17-55 f/2.8 with VR?

    That's what I'm waiting for before spending $1200. :smile:
  14. Faceman


    Aug 19, 2006
    LI, NY
    Are interest rates going up?!
  15. I hate waiting. I am just inches away from buying one of these and then this.............
  16. I never read into posts like "insider info", as it's pure speculation. Quite frankly my personal opinion is Nikon most likely is revamping their whole line, so anything a person purchases should be based on need at the current moment.

    Now putting that aside, it's very seldom you will aver loose your shirt on a Nikon Lens purchase. Question always is need, desire, and it's affordable. If all three things are in line, then I say go for it. I can't tell you how many sales of pictures I have made by just having the right tool for each situation. They eventually all pay them selves off. In the case of a pro photographer it usually is monetary, but for the rest you have to take into consideration the moments you have lost by waiting for the next best thing.


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  17. I have both and use both and find them to be excellent. The 17-35 is a hair sharper, and less flare prone, but the differences are very small. More reach on the 17-55 makes it a better walk-around lens.
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