Nikon 24-70 versus 17-55

Started Jan 6, 2008 | Discussions thread
coorslight Regular Member • Posts: 322
Re: Nikon 24-70 versus 17-55

I have to assume that if you are considering the 17-55 you must be using a DX format camera.

On DX the 17-55 gives you the 35mm equivalent of a 25-84mm zoom 3.36X

On DX the 24-70 gives you the 35mm equivalent of a 36-105mm zoom 2.9x

If you had a full frame camera would you buy a 25-84 or would you buy a 36-105?

on DX with the 17-55 at 17mm you get a diagonal field of view of 80.6 degrees
on DX with the 24-70 at 24mm you get a diagonal field of view of 62.0 degrees

on DX with the 17-55 at 55mm you get a diagonal field of view of 29.4 degrees
on DX with the 24-70 at 70mm you get a diagonal field of view of 23.3 degrees

with the 17-55 you gain 18.6 degrees of field of view on the wide end and with the 24-70 you cut the field of view on the long end by 6.1 degrees

Both of these lenses are top notch professional grade lenses and the 24-70 may be a tad better optically, but the differences in range covered and what fits what you shoot far out weigh any of the optical differences.

I have seen many posts here where people have talked about switching from the 28-70 to the 24-70 because those 4mm on the wide end are such a big difference, well if those 4 are a big deal then the 7 more you get with the 17-55 could be potentially huge depending on what you shoot.

I can not tell you which lens will fit your style better, but the information above will hopefully help you in making your decision.

Good Luck

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