Will Nikon add VR to the 17-55 2.8 dx ever?

Started Apr 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Will Nikon add VR to the 17-55 2.8 dx ever?
In reply to pdxflint, Apr 11, 2013

pdxflint wrote:

Honestly doesn't need it. I've used this (17-55) lens for over four years. It's a tool, it does it's job well, and Nikon likely won't be making pro lenses in DX in the future anyway, from the looks of it. I think too many people are becoming dependent on VR, but with good technique on a wide-normal lens it isn't necessary and would add to the complexity of the lens and require a complete redesign, perhaps losing something in the IQ quality along the way. I love this lens, as is, for many different reasons, but for more casual use, the kit lens (18-55) with VR might be more up some people's alley. It's cheap (about 7 times cheaper,) sharp, very lightweight, and can produce some very decent images if you can live with the compromises vs. the savings. If Nikon did update the 17-55 f/2.8 with nano coatings and VR, it would probably be closer to $2 grand. Then ask yourself how many people today will spend that kind of coin for a lens, regardless of how good it was, if it's limited to DX bodies? And if they made it FX, would 17-55 even be realistic (even more expensive) when there is a 17-35 f/2.8, a 16-35 f/4, a 14-24 f/2.8, not to mention a 24-70 f/2.8 already in the lineup?

Guess you're right that pro grade DX lenses are no more in Nikon future plans. To me that makes perfectly sense.  A 16-50mm f/2.8 DX VR with middle grade build quality (similar to the 16-85mm) and therefore at a lower price point would make a lot of sense for the DX market. If we compare to the price and specs of Canon's equivalent offering, as well as those from third party makers, I guess much of the inflated cost of the Nikon 17-55mm can be attributed to the pro-grade build, which is not required by 90%% of the DX market. But if they will make one is another story - rumors are saying a refreshed 16-80mm f/4 to appear this year, and I strongly suspect Nikon to think that will suffice for the DX users.

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