Testing the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
I’ve just been pixel-peeping some comparison shots between my latest buy (a 17-55 f/2.8 Nikkor lens) to other lens I own.
Nothing scientific or comprehensive but hopefully enough to determine whether the new lens is superior to the older ones. This is not intended to be a full test: I don’t compare corner sharpness and light fall-off and many other important parameters as well. Google some MTF test charts for a real test!
All images were snapped on my balcony around 6:15pm with a Nikon a D300 mounted on a tripod; I used the self-timer to avoid any shake and preset WB at around 9500Â°K, ISO 200. Focus was on the teddy bear nose. I shot RAW and used Apple Aperture for jpeg conversion (at default settings).
First test @ 30mm, f/2.8, 1/50 (cliek image to enlarge)
for this test I used a Sigma 30mm f/1.4
The 30mm Sigma shows some color fringing, is a bit overexposed (I always have to dial down 1/3 stop exp.compensation when I use this lens, but maybe that’s just my sample), sharpness at f/2.8 is almost the same – good for the Nikkor which is a zoom, not a prime
Second test @ 50mm, f/9, 1/10 (cliek image to enlarge)
for this test I used a Nikkor 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 (kit lens)
The pro-grade 17-55 is much sharper, even at f/9. See the blue letters on the truck.
…and then a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
I didn’t expect this but here we go again: the 17-55 seems to be sharper than the excellent 50mm prime and colors are more pleasant (see the red stripes on the truck)
yet another test shot with the 50mm (left side). This one shows some color fringing for the 50mm f/1.8 (see the teddy bear leg border on the right shot) while on the 17-55 it is much more under control .