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Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • 17-35mm wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • 2 types of aspherical lenses (2 molded glass and 1 hybrid) and 2 ED glass elements
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm achieves natural blur for out-of-focus elements
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) delivers quiet and accurate high-speed autofocusing
  • Measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; weighs 26.3 ounces; 5-year warranty

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 1960
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 17 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 35 millimeters
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Lens Type Zoom lens Prime lens Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF APS-C / DX 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F1.8 F3.5 - F4.5 F4.0
Minimum Aperture 22 22 29 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 52 millimeters 77 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Focus Distance 0.28 meters 0.3 meters 0.28 meters 0.28 meters
Weight 1.6 pounds 0.4 pounds 0.8 pounds 1.5 pounds
Dimension 4.0 x 5.0 x 4.0 inches 53.0 x 70.0 x 3.0 inches 3.3 x 3.7 x 3.3 inches 10629.9 x 52558.9 x 5118.1 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LEOS
  • Item model number: 1960
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 6, 2002

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Lens-making is an art--Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world's finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the "glass" that makes the world's greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The 17-35mm f2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens is the standard lens for photojournalism and travel photography, perfect for use with a film or a digital SLR. It features a Silent Wave Motor, two types of aspherical lens (two molded-glass lenses and one hybrid), and two ED glass elements for higher optical performance, 11.02-inch closest focusing throughout the zoom range, M/A mode for quick switching between autofocus and manual focus operation, and nine-blade rounded diaphragm that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements. The ED glass element reduces chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance--even at maximum aperture. There is also no power drain when manually focusing.

ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics--specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens' refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor's ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon's preeminence in lens innovation and performance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Aspherical lens elements
Nikon introduced the first photographic lens with aspherical lens elements in 1968. What sets them apart? Aspherical lenses virtually eliminate the problem of coma and other types of lens aberration--even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses. In addition, use of aspherical lenses contributes to a lighter and smaller lens design. Precision-ground aspherical lens elements are the finest expression of lens-crafting art, demanding extremely rigorous production standards. Hybrid lenses are made of a special plastic molded onto optical glass. Molded glass aspherical lenses are manufactured by molding a unique type of optical glass using a special metal die technique.

Internal Focusing
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and select Nikkor zoom lenses.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70.

Silent Wave Motor
Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like Nikkor telephoto lenses. AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon's SWM which converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A mode
AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon's exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag--even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.

What's in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, bayonet hood HB-23, hard case CL-76.

Product Description

Wide-Angle Zoom Lens from UltraWide to Wide Angle / F2.8 Maximum Aperture

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Customer Reviews

Any distortion can be easily created in Photoshop CS.
PJ
Its a nice chunky size ... it fits my hand well, and is well suited size-wise to the D700 ... yet doesn't feel too big or heavy.
W. T. Rogers
It is extremely sharp from edge-to-edge, rendering crisp images with great color and contrast.
Fred Stevens

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Systems_Consultant on June 28, 2004
This lens is widely held to be one of the best if not the best wide angle professional zoom lens for 35mm and Digital SLRs compatible with Nikon's lens system. I've had mine for about 6 months on a Nikon D-100 and have absolutely nothing I don't like about it. It's sharp from corner to corner at all zoom settings and any pincusion destortion is negligible even at 17mm @ f2.8. The AFS focusing motor is lightning fast and accurate. Filter size is 77mm, same as my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR lens. Since filters this size aren't cheap, it's nice to be able to share. This lens will support 35mm, APS, and DX format film and digital sensor sizes and comes with a 5-year warranty. If you want the best, and can afford it, you won't be sorry you purchased this lens.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By 320Flyer on July 14, 2009
I purchased this lens along with my D700 nearly 12 months ago. My choice was between this lens and the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S. I went with the 17-35mm for the ability to use filters and have not looked back.

During that time I have had a blast enjoying landscape photography with the combination. The lens is exceedingly sharp --corner to corner-- particularly when stopped down from wide open. I have no use for 'prime' lenses within this focal range anymore.

Indoors the extreme angle-of-view and large aperture have been great for candids and other interior shots. Obviously, 17-35mm is not a desirable focal length for portraits.

Some have complained about corner 'sharpness' wide open, but the depth-of-field at f/2.8 is so shallow on FX that corner sharpness is a non-issue since objects in the corner are unlikely to be within the focal plane of the subject anyway. With the high-ISO performance of the D700, aperture selection is an artistic choice for DOF, not a necessity for low light. Stop the pixel-peeping and just enjoy the lens!

I have also found DxO Optics Pro (Elite) a priceless software tool with this camera/lens combination. I always shoot RAW images and use DxO to convert to TIFF or jpg. DxO includes both the D700 and this lens in their database; the result: noise-free images with perfect optical corrections. Amazing.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Fred Stevens on February 28, 2008
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This is a first-class professional quality lens. I am using it on Nikon F5, F100, D200, D700 and D800 and D810 bodies. I bought it in anticipation of purchasing an FX digital format successor to the D200/D300 DX-format cameras. It is extremely sharp from edge-to-edge, rendering crisp images with great color and contrast. Good low-light performance for natural people-pictures. Slight chromic aberration distortion in the corners, wide open, easily corrected in Lightroom or ACR. This is true of most wide-angle zooms. On my landscape and nature shoots, it is nothing short of spectacular. This lens is considered both heavy and pricey by some. However, I find the weight promotes better stability with hand-held images and keeps my vehicle from skidding on icy roads;^) The price is right for what you get. I also like a depth of field indicator on the aperature ring for doing wide-ange shots employing hyper-focal distance techniques. You don't get this with the newer G-series lenses. Additionally, your 77mm slim filters will fit this lens where some of the newer glass won't take a filter at all. If you can afford this lens and are going to go FX-format, buy it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SanPa on December 23, 2012
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I needed a wide angle zoom lens for indoor and outdoor use. I had for reason of reviews been favoring the 16-35mm as a match with my D800 and F100, but gravitated to the venerable 17-35mm. For indoor area shooting with animals in motion, the 16-35 would have been a poor tool .... VR is useless with moving objects under low light conditions. The lens is also useable on my FE .... a feature not supported by G type lenses.

The need was for a rugged lens to photograph horses at indoor and outdoor stables and arenas with digital color and B&W film.. The lens has already taken a solid knock without so much as a scuff. To be certain, the lens has resisted its share of dust and grime, as well. Bokeh is not too terrible when wide open shooting close range, but is well short of the dreamy finish obtained with the Nikkor 70-200mm, or even that satisfying blur obtained with the demure Series E 50mm. For those contemplating filters, UV and ND are fine but CPL is a definite no when using the widest focal length. The focal lock of the 17-35mm is fast, whereas the 16-35mm does a bit of hunting when lighting is dim. When compared against the 16-35mm AF optimized, the 16-35mm appeared to capture sharper corners; but, only until one really scrutinizes the flattened captured images with distortion correction. Further, the center of images from the 17-35mm wide open regularly appeared a touch more crisp than those taken with the 16-35mm wide open with a comparable focal length. Usable image is the end game, and with DxO the final outcome becomes more clear. Even without VR, I have taken some amazingly tack sharp photos, handheld, at f/2.8 with 1/10s exposure.

The built in flash can pose a bit of a problem with this lens.
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