Further readings for the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
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In part 2 of our review of the best lenses for the Nikon D3400, we’re looking at the performance of zoom lenses. More versatile than a fixed focal length prime lens, zoom lenses are often preferred by entry-level DSLR shooters, thanks to the convenience of having a range of focal lengths in a single lens. Image quality isn’t quite as good on a zoom compared to a prime, however, with generally lower lens metric scores recorded in our tests, although some zooms come pretty close to primes. The physics of constructing a zoom lens means that very wide maximum apertures such as f/1.4 or f/1.8 are also rare, although some of the best performers in this review boast wide f/1.8 or f/2 maximum apertures.
With an f/2 constant maximum aperture, this lens is a new ultra-high-speed addition to the range of wide-angle zoom models for DX (APS-C)-format DSLRs from Tokina. Its ticket of around $899 represents a premium over its smaller and slower siblings, but the lens is still competitively priced against the other brands, especially when taking the f/2 maximum aperture into account.
Launched back in August 2015, but only recently available due to unexpected shipping delays, the new AF-S Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E) is an updated version of Nikon’s FX-mount fast-aperture standard zoom.
Sigma’s move away from the value-end of the market has resulted in some very high-quality yet sensitively priced lenses such as the full-frame 35mm f1.4 HSM A and this lens, the APS-C format 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM. While we’ve previously reviewed the Canon mount version, Sigma has just released the lens in Nikon mount and we were curious to see if the performance could be repeated. Read on to find out.
Following the recommendations for Nikon D7100, we’ve had the opportunity to assess another of the firm’s 24-Mpix DX format cameras – the mid-range D5200 - with over 120 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
This is the second part of our lens recommendations for the Nikon D7100 where we’ve analyzed nearly 60 Nikkor and third-party standard and portrait prime and zoom models to assess their optical quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses are the best performers when paired with Nikon’s ultra-high resolution 24-Mpix APS-C format semi-pro model.
For many people an introduction to photography is through a compact camera: usually, these days, one with a zoom lens covering medium-wide through to short telephoto. The next step is often an SLR and the “standard” zoom, covering the same range. The quality of this “standard” zoom can be the difference between great results and disappointment, so the choice is important. This Sigma 17-70 f2.8-70 f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Canon is both good and versatile, no disappointment here.