Released by Nikon:
Nikkor 17-55mm lens release date deferred
When Nikon announced the D2H in July, they also announced three new Nikkor lenses; the AF-S DX 17-55/2.8G IF-ED, AF DX Fisheye 10.5/2.8G ED & the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED, scheduled for release around the same time as the camera.
However, Nikon regret to inform customers that the introduction of one of those lenses; the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G lens has been deferred until the Spring of 2004.
The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G is a sophisticated 3.2 zoom ratio lens with fast f/2.8 aperture featuring a unique optical design tailored to the demands of high performance digital photography with all of Nikonís DX format Digital SLR cameras, namely the Nikon D1X, D1H, D1, D100 and D2H.
Nikon apologize for the inconvenience to customers during the time taken to ensuring that the image quality standards demanded by professionals is fulfilled.