I would not get too antsy about buying a 17-35 if I were you.I own a pile of Nikon gear (check my long list of equipment) and have owned the 17-35 for quite a few years now.I find that I seldom use this lens now because if I want to go wide angle I will take along my small 16mm Fisheye instead of the heavy 17-35.Wider coverage with a shorter and much lighter lens.I shoot everything in NEF and then run it through Capture NX.The fisheye effect is corrected (should I chose to) with a single click of the mouse.The 17-35 is a fairly expensive lens but is still an F2.8 lens.So what do I use in place of the 17-35?Option 1 is take the 16mm and my 24-70.Second option is to take the 16mm, a 20mm and a 35mm. With this option one lens is on the camera and the other two fit into a single Tamrac zippered belt bag. These 3 lens probably are lighter together than the 17-35 lens and certainly a lot shorter.Option 3 is to take all of the above options plus add the 70-200 VRII.This equipment list served me well on a trip to the Galapagos Islands earlier this year.Perry
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