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diference between 17~35 and 17~55 f 2,8

I'm a serious passion, hobbyist and I'd like to buy one new lens, but could you explain the main difference between the 17~35 f2,8 and 17~55 f2,8?
which one is the better for my use, I've a D7000 and D90, and I like to photograph inside events, portraits and landscape.
I appreciate if you can answer it for me, thank you too much
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The 17-55 G lens is designed exclusively for DX format cameras like your D7000 and D90. If you plan to move up to FX Full Frame like the D3 and above and expect to use this lens, your going to lose sensor compatibility. However, this lens is going to give you the maximum compatibility with your cameras now because it's designed for the DX sensor in your cameras. It's also slightly better glass than the 17-35 D and in my professional opinion, handles metering and exposure better communicating with the cameras systems.

The 17-35 D lens is also excellent glass, has an aperture ring on the lens and can be used for DX and FX cameras. On DX cameras, your image will be cropped, meaning what you see in the viewfinder will be cropped so your final photo will slightly be trimmed down from the corners.

If your not going to move to a $2500+ camera, go with the 17-55 G as its made specifically for the cameras you have. If you are moving in the near future, go with the 17-35mm D, Although I would advise you to consider other FX full frame G lenses because they do such a better job interacting with the cameras software producing cleaner images that require less post-shooting processing.
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17-55 has a longer focal length range, that is, from a wide lens to a moderate middle-range lens. the difference is that the 17-55 is a DX lens which means it won't work on full-frame bodies (d700 and up), but they will work just fine on DX bodies (d7000 and d90 are DX, so it's good for them). however, for portrait and event work you'll still need a longer focal length lens, something above 90mm.
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can i use this lens with an fx model camera...d700 and d3s

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Yes, but it is designed to work in "crop mode" only. This means less megapixels will be used and there will be an effective focal length multiplier of 1.5x. If you wish to use the full-frame on these cameras, then you must override the auto-DX cropping in the menu. After you do you will see vignetting on the images at wide angles (below ~24mm) because this lens is designed for an DX body.

Instead, Nikon would recommend you purchase the 24-70mm f/2.8G for this sort of camera. I believe it is only MSRP a couple of hundred dollars more, so, for the price of this lens, is a reasonable upgrade with some bulk.

If you are searching for a wide angle lens for an FX body, the recommended lenses are the 16-35mm f/4G, 17-35mm f/2.8D, and the 14-24mm f/2.8G.
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Yes you can, however, it will cause vignetting in FX but you can switch to DX mode, at reduced mp, and use it.
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would this be an appropriate lens for a Nikon d5000?

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Short answer: Yes.

Long Answer: Nikon DX lenses are optimized for use for APS-C digital Nikon bodies (Nikons except for the D3, D3S, D3X, D4, and D700). In particular, this lens is equivalent to the 24-70mm f/2.8G on the FX bodies. This means that this lens is probably best used on a Nikon D5000(series) or D7000(series) in documentary style wedding photography, personal on-site news photography, etc. The large aperture and normal range is good for anything from group shots (wide angle) to portraiture.
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yes
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can you use a teleconverter with the 17-55mm f/2.8 lens

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No, teleconvertoers cannot be used with this lens, they will not fit and most likely cause damage if you do try and fit one on.
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Yes, but it has to be the AF-S series. They are the TC-20E II, the TC-17E II and the TC-14E II. They are expensive, but the only ones that will work.
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Can i use this lens with D60 camera?

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Yes, this lens is fully functional on the D60.

For more information on lenses compatible with the D60 please see http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans....
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Yes, full function.
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I own D60 with AF-DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR . Can I get better picture quality if I upgrade to 17-55 mm lens?

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Firstly the 17-55 is not a prime lens, lenses like the 50, 85 and 105mm are prime lenses.
Now whether you are going round get better images with the 17-55 is subjective as there are a lot of other things to consider, beings as it is a constant 2.8 aperture lens it will always have an advantage over the 18-55 as you can drop the f stop down and so achieve faster shutter speeds thus you will then get less blur in your images so in that sense it will be better.
If you are thinking of buying one I would suggest renting one for a week so you can compare results yourself.
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Hello Flying bird - Pictures with 17-55mm f/2.8 will definitely be better compared to 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 BUT keep in mind, the picture quality also depends on the Camera's Dynamic Range. Though 17-55mm f/2.8 is a prime lens, it is for DX format cameras. If you upgrade your body to FX, you may notice vignetting at the edges. 17-55mm f/2.8 definitely is a good lens if you are doing landscape photography. The other lens to consider is 24-70mm f/2.8, which is a prime FX lens & works on DX format too! This way you don't have to worry if you upgrade your body to FX! Hope this helps.
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can i use with d700

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Yes the lens can be used on the D700 but I probably wouldn't bother to use it. The D700 has a DX mode but images go do down to 5.1mp because not all the sensor is being used.
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Can I use this lens for D3000?

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Yes, it has a built in focus motor.
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Can I use this lens to D300s?

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Yes the D300s is a DX format camera.
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Does a crop factor apply to the NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8 lens?

After reading Nikon's description of the NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8 lens, i concluded that a crop factor would not apply to this lens. Designed, as stated, exclusively for Nikon's DX format, one of the features Nikon added to the lens was the capability to project a smaller image circle, which, I reasoned, would be of a size appropriate to the smaller image sensors of DX bodies and the image then would not be cropped--or otherwise why do it? --Hang on, I'm almost there-- Therefore a crop factor/multiplier of 1.5 to determine the effective zoom range when the lens is mounted on a DX body is not necessary, e.g., on a DX body, the NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8, designed with the DX sensor as its target hardware, does, in fact, have a zoom range, as stated on its barrel, of 17-55mm.

Then, as I read some of the comments at the Reviews tab, I saw people referring to the zoom range of this lens on a DX body as 25.5-82.5mm. And I was looking at that old crop factor again.

Are some reviewers experiencing crop factor confusion or are those reviewers right to apply a 1.5 crop factor to the zoom range? Or, am I correct in thinking that no crop factor is necessary for the NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8 lens--that what you see on the barrel of this lens is what you get?

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Crop factor still applies.
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Will there be a vast difference if this 17-55mm/2.8 used on D7000 by replacing the 18-105mm/3.5-5.6 lens which comes along the package?

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It will be faster as it is a 2.8, thus it will no doubt give better image quality at lower stops, but you lose 50mm on the long end.
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Can this lens work with a d90 and d7000 and how are the results?

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Yes, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED is fully compatible with D90 and D7000 and the results are excellent. Please click on the MTF curve on the lens page for Contrast and Resolution information. You can also click on the reviews above the price of the lens to read other buyers reviews. Majority of buyers are very statisfied with the results of this lens.
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Love this lens, should I still consider using a prime lens such as the 50mm 1.4G?

I truly love this lens especially its speed and sharpness. I mainly do travel and portrait photography. Besides being a little faster is there much of an advantage of using a prime such as the 50mm 1.4G or 1.8G? Weill there be an even more improvement in sharpness? How about Bokeh? Focus response slower in 50mm 1.4G? Using the D7000.

Only disadvantage to this lens is the weight which I have mostly overcome using a sling strap when mobile.
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You can use the MTF curve on the lens webpage to compare the contrast, resolution, and Bokeh of the lenses.You can also use the compare tool on the lens webpage to compare the lenses.
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Can i use with d600?

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You can, but camera will be in DX mode with a cropped image and mp will drop to 10.5. In crop mode field of view will be 25-82. I would purchasethe 24-70 f/2.8 instead and shoot in full frame with no reduction in mp.
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Good companion to my D7100 and as "allround/everyday lense? I am asking because I do have have a Nikkon 28-300 mm

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The 17-55 is a great lens and would work very well on the D7100.
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I have a Nikon D7000 and want to shoot indoor basketball with no flash. What lens should I buy?

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Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
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How does this lense work on a Nikon D7000 when shooting indoor basketball without a flash? What camera settings would I use for this?

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This is the lens for both stunning sharpness and beautiful background blur (bokeh) with DX-format cameras. Its fine resolution and fast f/2.8 fixed aperture deliver exceptional photos and HD video. Its versatile standard zoom range of 17–55mm make it an ideal walk-around lens. At 17mm, the lens covers a wide angle of 79°, ideal for architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and group shots; at 55mm, it offers an angle of view similar to our eyes, ideal for portrait work and everyday photography. For sports photography more than likely you’re going to want to use a telephoto lens on a Nikon D-SLR. To further complicate indoor sports shooting, generally you will be far from the action and a long focal length will be needed to "zoom in" on the subject. Most zoom lenses are "variable" aperture which means that as you zoom their f/stops become smaller and gather less light. A variable aperture lens might have an f/stop range of f/3.5-5.6, which means its widest aperture is f/3.5 and when you extend the zoom, the widest aperture closes down to f/5.6. A "constant aperture" lens, like the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens has a fast f/2.8 aperture through its entire zoom range and is an ideal indoor lens for sports. Another option would be to use a fixed focal length lens, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G. At first it can be more difficult to shoot with a fixed focal length lens (since you can't "zoom" in and out) but these lenses are generally much faster and more economical than a fast zoom lens. For more infomration on shooting Sports, please see: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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