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Frere Jacques
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« on: December 05, 2005, 09:57:35 AM »
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Does anyone have any experience with these two lenses? Both are well reviewed, with the 17-35 earning slightly better scores. (As would be expected for the price difference.)

Thoughts are appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 04:45:13 PM »
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I don't have any experience with this equipment, but just in case you haven't run across these reviews, here are a few other data points (I have a friend who used to be a Nikon user and who's teetering on the edge between Canon and Nikon for dSLRs):

http://www.bythom.com/nikon.htm
http://www.imagepower.de/IMAGES/imgEQUIPMENT/AFS1735.htm
http://www.imagepower.de/IMAGES/imgEQUIPMENT/AFS1755.htm
http://www.olegnovikov.com/technical/1735m...735mmf28d.shtml
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005, 05:22:11 PM »
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Hi there,

I happen to own both lenses.

I have never done a scientific comparison, but both are great lenses. I end up using the 17-55 more on my D2x because of the range, and its quality at its sweet spot appears to be slightly higher.

On the other hand, the 17-35 is probably sharper at the wide end.

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Bernard
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2005, 11:00:52 PM »
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I have a friend who has both. He concludes that both are extremely good (not unexpectedly) and that he uses the 17-55 more because of the range. However, he also stated that the 17-35 has better flare resistance. Because of that, and because it is FF Compatible (there are rumors of an upcoming D3 which will be FF), I would rather have this one if I had to choose.

HTH.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2005, 06:55:36 AM »
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For a period, I owned the AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G, 17-55mm f/2.8G, 17-35mm F/2.8D and the  28-70mm f/2.8D lenses.  However, I now use 1.5x sensor DSLRs exclusively, so I felt that the 17-35mm and the 28-70mm were sitting in my cupboard unnecessarily.  Therefore I sold them.  

On a reduced frame sensor the 17-55mm exhibits a little more barrel distortion at the 17mm setting than the 17-35mm at the same focal length.  Conversely, the 17-55mm exhibits a smaller amount of chromatic aberrations when shot wide open (with regard to both the focal length and aperture).

The 17-55mm gets a lot of use on my D2x and D70, so I'd recommend this lens if you want a serious and flexible optic for the DX sensor.

My thoughts regarding Nikon's entry into full frame DSLRs is that if it happens it will probably be accompanied by a new wide angle, full frame zoom lens.  This lens will aim to address corner softness, chromatic aberrations and distortion of wide angle zoom lenses.  However, I do suspect I'm dreaming.

I also recently sold my 28-70mm f/2.8D, because I found myself switching lenses on reportage work too frequently.  Since I bought the 17-55mm I've  barely used my 12-24mm f/4G DX lens. I only really use the ultra wide 12-24mm for architectural work. It was crazy hanging onto four zooms that covered a similar range, so two had to go: the 17-35mm and the 28-70mm.

Time will tell if I was right, but in the meantime my insurance premium is enjoying the lighter load.

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2005, 07:21:36 AM »
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My thoughts regarding Nikon's entry into full frame DSLRs is that if it happens it will probably be accompanied by a new wide angle, full frame zoom lens.  This lens will aim to address corner softness, chromatic aberrations and distortion of wide angle zoom lenses.  However, I do suspect I'm dreaming.
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I don't think that you are. Future will tell.

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Bernard
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2005, 11:24:00 AM »
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Thank you for your comments. I was leaning towards the 17-35 & I think I am going to stick with that lens. I will be buying my first dSLR in January. (unless the reviews of the D200 are absolutely horrible...not likely, but possible) I think the 17-35 will mate nicely with both the D200 & my current F100. I still shoot a lot of Pan F & I don't think I will be completely digital for a good while...or at least until my scanner dies...  

Thank you again!



ps- Bernard, je crois que vous avez un copain chez Nikon Japon, non...? Je ne sais pas rien!
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2005, 04:35:02 PM »
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I think the 17-35 will mate nicely with both the D200 & my current F100. I still shoot a lot of Pan F & I don't think I will be completely digital for a good while...or at least until my scanner dies...


If I could have a dollar for everytime I heard a diehard film shooter claiming, that once they buy a DSLR they'll continue to shoot both 35mm film and DSLR along side each other.  Dreaming.  The convenience of digital will get the better of you Frere Jacques.  Scanning is a pain in the ass.  Shoot RAW FILES and buy the 17-55mm, as this is an ultimately more flexible combination (for both a color OR a B&W workflow).

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2005, 05:34:11 PM »
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ps- Bernard, je crois que vous avez un copain chez Nikon Japon, non...? Je ne sais pas rien!
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Non, je n'ai pas d'informations particulieres, mais ca me semble tres probable au vu de la politique generale de Nikon... we'll see.

Bernard
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2005, 09:00:46 PM »
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17-55mm has horrible flare...
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