Just got Nikkor DX 17-55 f2.8

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    Off to Florida tomorrow! (a big deal considering I'm from the UK and therefore it's twice as much :p) I rented out the above lens for the trip and took out for a spin last night.

    Overall I'm impressed so far, aside from the fact it's not the fastest at focusing, my 18-55mm (which came with the D50 and costs around £100 is faster, and to be honest that lens is incredible for the price). I don't know if this is due to the fact it's a rental and perhaps the motor isn't at its best. For a lens with a starting price of over £1000 I was at least expecting the focus to be a bit faster.
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    That's odd; I've not used the 17-55 myself, but all of my other gold-ring lenses are lightning fast focusing.
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    Hmm I really think it could be because it's a rental the motor isn't as sharp as it once was.
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    That could be true. Is it AFS or AFD? A non AFS lens will not be as fast. Also keep in mind that the 18-55 is a smaller lighter lens with less to move around. The 17-55 is much bulkier an take more to move it. But who knows. Could be that one because it is a rental. I have rented before and never noticed this to be an issues but again who knows.
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    Yep going to be slowest on a D50,D80 kind of bod as less torque power than like a D90 which a tad better. And fastest AF on a D200,D300 kind of bod.

    And saved myself quite a bit of cash with the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 at a third of the price of the Nikon. Doesn't have the build and contrast & color retention is a smidgen less but achieves 90% of the Nikon for a third of the price.
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    Hey guys,

    The lens the op is referring to is an AFS lens. The motor is in the lens. Mine focuses just as well on d70, d80, d200 and a d3s (borrowed).

    (Note: for the price, the 18-55 is very well regarded, if a bit slow.)

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