Photos Taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G DX Zoom Lens

Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G lens for DX cameras to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Nikon’s technical name for this lens is the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED.

It’s designed for Nikon’s cameras with the DX cropped sensor, so to convert to full-frame equivalent, you multiple by 1.5. So on a camera with a cropped DX sensor it comes to around 26 to 83mm. At its widest end, it’s not notably wide. And zoomed in, it’s not especially tight and is on the very bottom end of the range you might use for something like portraits.

But it nevertheless turns out to be a very useful general lens. There are of course lenses in Nikon’s range that zoom in much more than this, like the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for instance, but one of the key attractions of this lens is its fast aperture that remains constant throughout the zoom range (that is, the maximum aperture is f/2.8 whether you’re zoomed out at 17mm or zoomed in to 55mm, whereas some other zooms have a slower aperture when zoomed in). The f/2.8 aperture has become somewhat of a de facto standard for many “pro” lenses, and it’s what explains the sizable price difference between this lens and something like the 18-300mm.

And while the 17-55mm doesn’t have vibration reduction, that fast aperture helps it perform well in low-light situations.

So, all in all, I found this lens to be a great all-purpose travel lens and one that I left on my camera for quite a lot of the time. These days I’m mainly shooting full-frame cameras, but despite having been out now for quite some time–released in 2003–the 17-55mm remains an excellent lens if you’re shooting on DX bodies.

Here’s a collection of sample photos I’ve taken with this lens that hopefully gives you a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting. You can click on each image to open a full-size version if you’d like a closer look.

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 Sample Images

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/10. It’s also a flexible landscape lens. North Stradbroke Island, Australia.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. Even in the dim lighting of this exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the fast aperture of f/2.8 meant that it could be reliably hand held (since tripods aren’t allowed).

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 38 mm and f/2.8. Colored glass lights in a shop in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/11. A couple of boys prep their fishing gear in the lake at Flores, Guatemala. With its flexible zoom range, I’ve found the 17-55mm f/2.8 to be a good walking around lens.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. Colorful orbs hanging from the trees along Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter of Hanoi.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/6.3. Looking directly up under the dome of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 22 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8. Inside Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. I took this shot over Newark, New Jersey, from a helicopter enroute between a site for an aerial shoot for a client back to the airport. I used a gyro for stability.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/10. West Lake in Hanoi.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8. A sculpture near the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 40 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 31 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 32 mm and f/11. The colorful patterns of a pagoda in Narita, Japan.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 26 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. Inside the Vietnam exhibit, which was dimly lit, at the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra, Australia.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 35 mm and f/9.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/11.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 23 mm and f/10. I haven’t found any real issue with chromatic aberration, even with sharp, high-contrast edges.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. With it’s wide focal length and fast aperture, it’s a useful lens even for night-time walking around. I took this one at the night market in Vientienne.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/11.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 20 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 23 mm and f/8.0. The London Eye. Taken with a tripod.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 44 mm and f/2.8. This isn’t a macro lens, but you can still get in quite close.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 22 mm and f/2.8. Husking rice near Luang Namtha, Laos.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/8.0. Australian Parliament House in Canberra. This was taken with a tripod.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 35 mm and f/6.3.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 32 mm and f/8.0. The famous Trunk Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 40 mm and f/9.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. Kids hitting a pinata at a night street festival in Valladolid, Mexico.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 24 mm and f/11.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 40 mm and f/2.8. Inside a dimly lit pagoda in Luang Prabang, Laos. And lit with ugly flourescent lights, no less!

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 38 mm and f/10.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. As you can tell, the lighting in the Vieng Xai Caves (Laos) is low and rudimentary. But the fast f/2.8 aperture comes in handy.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 48 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/4.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 50 mm and f/10.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 44 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. A cart selling goldfish on the street in Hue, Vietnam.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/9.0. The early morning mists at the Maya ruins at Tikal, Guatemala.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/16. The colorful cemetery at Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 18 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 28 mm and f/7.1.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 22 mm and f/2.8. The cobblestones after the rain in the old section of Antigua, Guatemala.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 20 mm and f/7.1.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. The flexible zoom range is useful at events like Rolling Thunder in Washington DC, where sometimes you can get in close but you’re never quite sure.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 26 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8. Valladolid, Mexico.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 30 mm and f/16.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/4.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/5.6. Inside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/3.2. A fish shop next to the Spice Market in Istanbul.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 32 mm and f/9.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 50 mm and f/8.0. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 55 mm and f/11. This was shot with a tripod.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/9.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 32 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/18.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 17 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 24 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 34 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 48 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 35 mm and f/2.8. A maching band in Vienna, Austria.

Photo taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens at 23 mm and f/8.0.

Find Them At

You can find the Nikon 17-55mm ƒ/2.8G DX at Adorama, B&H Photo, and Amazon.

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