This lens costs a thousand dollars less than the 17-55mm f2.8 and honestly it takes clean sharp images. If you really need 17mm rather than...
OK so the 17-35mm f2.8 looks bigger and cooler.
I only use Nikon glass on my Nikon Cameras. The D700 has plenty of ISO range to easily photograph indoor available light with this f3.5-4.5 lens. At $1000.00 less than the 17-35mm f2.8 this lens is a great bargin, and takes exceptionally sharp images.
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