Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro

Last updated (01 September’11):
– Review by Photozone

The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro features 17-70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5. The lens construction has 15 Elements in 12 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 79.7 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 20 cm/7.9 in and has a filter size of 72mm. The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro lens weighs 490g/17.3oz and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro and writes;
“In the lab the lens produced pretty impressive resolution figures but it’s not a lens without flaws. At 17mm the center performance is very good at f/2.8 and excellent beyond. The borders follow a little behind with good to very good figures… Chromatic aberrations (color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) are slightly better than average for a zoom lens in this class.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photodo reviews the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro and writes;
“Chromatic aberrations are kept well below the single pixel level throughout the aperture range and across the frame, a commendable performance. Combined with good contrast and the digital coating that Sigma now use to reduce incidences of flare and ghosting, neither of which reared their ugly heads, the lens performed well above the standard ‘kit’ lenses in this focal range.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro and writes;
“This lens produced surprisingly good results throughout the focal range although as usual, they were best at the shorter lengths. The one exception being where distortion is concerned and that is by far the best at the longer focal length. At 17mm it measured –5.05% (barrel) whereas the longer end returned 0.32%(pincushion), undetectable by eye. Resolution figures are pleasing, especially once the lens is stopped down by the odd stop or so and even wide open the visual results are encouraging.”
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User Opinions

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro User Reviews

A great lens for my D40, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens has replaced my Nikon D40’s 18-55mm kit lens as the one that stays on my camera most of the time. It outperforms the kit lens in every way. It is sharper, has better reach at 70mm, and 2.8-4.5 aperture. There has been little chromatic aberration in shots where I would have expected it. “ – by K. Wedgworth

Know what you’re getting. | Rating: ★★★★★
“The main difference between this lens and my expensive glass optically is the Bokah is better on the expensive glass (the bokah on the sigma is kind of grainy without the nice round specular highlights of my nikon 28-70), the barrel distortion at 17mm is also pretty noticeable on the sigma-but it’s a pretty big zoom range, and it can be corrected in PS if needed.” – by Binocularmusic

My new default lens — good walkaround lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is currently my favorite lens. Echoing the other reviewers, the range is perfect for a walkaround lens and a perfect sub for the kit lens. Solid construction; it’s got some weight to it. Smooth focusing, and sharp images. Macro to boot (see photos I’ve posted). “ – by M. Estigoy

Great lens for the $$, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was never overly impressed with the pictures that I took with my original camera and kit lens and was wondering whether I was lacking some photographic skills that others have. My pictures got soooo much better after I started using this lens, it’s unbelievable – I can now crop many pictures that I take with this lens and have it look semi-pro. It’s got a solid build, nice zoom range, and the pictures are tack sharp. Great value and a must have! “ – by Volleyball_dad

Excelent walk around lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is quite sharp, relatively fast, and improves if stopped down a bit. No glaring weaknesses. The Pentax 17-70 may be a better option for those with newer cameras. It is a bit more expensive, but there are some advantages. However, this lens is all I needed, and I am very happy with it.” – by R. Marquez

Great lens for the money! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Read lots of reviews before I decided to purchase this lens. I am happy I chose it. It is a very sharp high quality lens. Fast focus, good build. Nice feel. Most important, excellent sharpness, great look, contrast. I would definately recommend this lens. “ – by Eliot Pollack

Excellent with minor flaws | Rating: ★★★★★
“Flare: I had heard that this was impressive and I could not induce significant flare under any circumstances – even without the included hood. Great! Chromatic aberration: If I “pixel peeped” I could sometimes see a pixel width or two of color, but no worse than the Sony 50mm. Really good! Resolution: To test this I shot text on a wall at various focal lengths from wide (17mm) to telephoto (70mm) at wide open and f8. The results were quite comparable to the pictures with the Sony 50mm lens except at the extreme edges wide open where it was a bit soft….” – by D. C. Eaton

Sharp Sharp Sharp Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love this lens. It is very sharp, as sharp as my Nikkor 18-135 and probably sharper. The 2.8 at wide end is great. The range is respectable for most application and as a walk around. HSM works great and the lens focuses quickly in low light, unlike my Nikon 18-200VR lens (which is twice as expensive). The built is excellent. I took off one star on features because of lack of OS, which would be nice…” – by D. Brodsky

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro Specifications

Sigma’s 17-70mm DC macro lens is an ideal large-aperture standard zoom lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors, making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects. The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 7.9 inches throughout the entire zoom range, along with a maximum magnification of 1:2.3 for close-up macro photography. The new lens design and multilayer lens coating, meanwhile, reduce flare and ghosting–a common problem with many digital cameras. Add in a Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and two aspherical lens elements and you have a lens that can correct all types of aberrations while producing a high level of optical performance at every interval.

The lens also offers a large aperture of F2.8 at the 17mm wide-angle setting, yet is notably compact, with an overall length of 3.2 inches and a diameter of 3.1 inches. Plus, it performs superbly even in relatively low-light conditions, such as indoors or at dusk. Users will also appreciate the inner focusing system, which provides a fast autofocus speed while preventing the front of the lens from rotating, making it particularly suitable for use with circular polarizing filters and petal-shaped lens hoods. Also equipped with a zoom lock switch that eliminates “zoom creep” during transport, the lens weighs 16 ounces and carries a one-year warranty.

One Response to “Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro”

  1. I used to own that lens and must say it’s a great lens for the price ! an excellent replacement for the standard kit zoom (18-55 on my Canon) …
    Zoom range makes the lens very versatile, image quality is more than ok throughout the range and the f/2.8 aperture at 17mm is great for low light situations …
    I have since replaced it with a much more expensive EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS because it’s sharper and has constant f/2.8 aperture but hey, it’s apples and bananas so I’d recommend that Sigma lens to anybody looking for a cheap alternative to kit zooms.

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