Timothy: Indeed a great beast!. I am anxious to have the time to get more of the pictures I really want. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
Your article was enjoyable. The photos were very well composed and interesting. You are an excellent photographer.
In your article you made a connection that is seldom made in the media, but that describes our feelings (lusts) well. A beautiful woman, wine, and Nikkor glass. My God man...simply too much to bear!
I am simply amazed at the progress being made by Nikon in creating lenses like the 17-35mm. I have been shooting Nikons and Nikkors for about 25 years, along with a bunch of aftermarket lenses. I have yet to be satisfied with any other brands of glass, except for one Tamron SP 500mm cat lens.
Darrell: Thank you very much for your comments. Hope to get a 400 or even a 500 Nikkor soon. Will let you know. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
Daniel: No, no diffuser, except for the built-in one to cover 17mm on the SB-28. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
Excellent lens that 24mm f/2.8D; is it not? I'll have to stop writing elsewhere. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
There at times when you know exactly what you want in terms of the picture to be made, so you just take the 24mm which is little, light and easy to handle. Other times you want to expand to 17mm or have the flexibility to zoom to 35mm. Oh, well ....... In fact you are right, nobody in his senses would have both the zoom and the prime(s) except a hard core Nikonian, and also carry them together in a bag!. I keep my primes for use when I am with my F4s bag. The AF-S lenses go with the F5 bag. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I managed to have honour of using one of those beauties the other week. I know someone whose company has bought a D1 with two AFS lenses (17-35 and 80-200).
It's interesting that for my cycling photography I use manual focus for everything (AF is just too slow..). I asked if I could use it to rattle off a few frames, he said yes of course
As soon as I slapped it on my F5, a big grin appeared on my face! I threw it into AF and the grin got even wider!! WOW! what a lens.... that's all I can say... I have never used anything like this but I found I could do some high speed action pictures in AF!!! What a dream lens..............
Consequently my friend had many troubles getting it back off me But what a lens..... Oh well, I am going to start saving now..... bye.
Interesting question. Barrel distorsion is not an issue with this lens. Specially if you remember to keep your verticals right, perpendicular to the ground. You can see that on the sample images on the product review. The shade and the lifeguard tower seem bent because they were made from jungle trees, so they are naturally bent. I checked other pictures made from that spot and they are all bent the same regardless of relative position. I have a very bad connection right now but I can later post some other images that will hopefully show why owners are raving about this lens, including me of course. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#17. "RE: JRP's AF S 17-35/2.8 article is now available" | In response to Reply # 0
Thu 26-Jul-01 08:03 PM
I read JRP's article (review) on this lens a couple of months ago and it has been gnawing at me ever since. I have read everything there is to read about this lens and kept telling my self "It's only a hobby ...why do you need to spend that kind of money on a lens" or "You can't justify spending $1500.00 on a lens, you already have the 24mm 2.8 thats good enough." Well it wasn't good enough. My new AFS 17-35/2.8 arrived today. Damn it's a thing of beauty, focus is really fast. This is my first "S" lens so I am really impressed with how quiet it is. It makes my 80-200 sound like a tank. Shot about half a roll of film this afternoon and will probably shoot a few more by the weekend.
My advice to some one who does not own this lens yet is.. DO NOT READ JRP's ARTICLE ON THIS LENS...unless you happen to have some spare money laying around. ) Hey, I figure I don't have 60 or 70 pairs of shoes in my closet like my wife, so why not go for it.
Thanks JRP for the excellent article and review, even though it cost me a ton.
Rick: Is it not a beauty? I just wanted to share my excitement about it in that article. Glad you love it too. Congratulations. Now we have the responsibility to have great fun. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
What can I say. You guys are correct...fair warning to those who haven't seen Jrp's article, you will probably end up buying the beast or turning green all over! I initially wanted to get the 18-35mm as a compromise since i just acquired the 80-400 VR (another magnificent lens). After reading Jrp's article, however, I had to fight "tooth and nail" with my finance manager (the lady I gave a wedding ring to!) in order to get this AFS, barely 2 month after I got the VR! NO REGRETS and I am very happy. Autofocus is so fast, quiet and almost instantaneous you would not even know or notice that it had zeroed-in on the subject as soon as you half-press your shutter release (both in my N70 and F100).
One point, though. As I was not at the time well versed with super-wide lenses, I had the sad experience of messing up my initial pictures with the 17-35mm. Nope, it's not the barrel distortion problem (which is non-existent with the 17-35mm) but it had to do with the convergence/divergence issue brought about by my inexperience. Jrp's comment regarding keeping the lens in plane with the subject is very important. You have to be level with the subject, otherwise divergence or convergence will occur (i.e., straight lines tend to meet-converge at the top of the frame or at the bottom, depending on the camera/lens orientation). For landscape shots, I now use my Manfrotto tripod and ball-head which is equipped with a spirit bubble. It tells me if my camera/lens set-up is level and at plane with my subject and the horizon. For other subjects, you can easily discern through your lens if your orientation is correct, especially buildings and structures with vertical lines. Somehow, you have to be careful when shooting people/group portraits at the wide end of the lens since it tends to make people near at or towards the end of the frame appear plump/stout...a definite no-no for lady subjects. Everything is well at 35mm.
This is my first AFS and after having tasted it, I am definitely sure this is not going to be the last. Thanks for the review Jrp, my wife is looking for you!