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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | C

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
Zoom lens | Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT

The one thing to note is that the Optical Stabilization performance is very hit & miss. Particularly at the long end, where you will only see a 1 stop advantage a little more than 50% of the time.  This greatly impacts the enjoyment factor. I found typically success rate consistent with dpreviews testing...which is to say very poor relative to Nikon VR II or IBIS.

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Thanks to the increased focal length this lens has over the kit lens that came with my camera (18-55) and it's larger aperture (2.8 - 4 vs. 3.5 - 5.6), I am able to get some really good-looking bokeh on pictures. Below is a shot I took for the institution I work for, for a publicity campaign on summer reading. I wanted a very shallow depth of field on the lower portion of the image, but wanted most of the picture to be blurred as there is text filling up the upper and middle right portion of ...

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After using the Sigma 18-35mm/1,8 for a year I realized that this zoom is optically perfect, however the zoom range is a limiting factor for everyday shooting and I had to carry my other 2 lenses (wideangle and telephoto). On my last trip to Edingurgh I was constantly switching lenses and it was a bit annoying; plus the lens itself is really heavy. So I decided to buy something universal, a lens I can carry all day without the need to switch lenses constantly. Actually there were only 2 ...

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This is the lens that finally gives a Nikon APS-C shooter a well rounded "take anywhere" lens. Positives: fast f2.8 to 4.0 aperture; useful zoom range; well balanced on D3XXX or D5XXX Bodies; very sharp particularly for a zoom. Negatives: image stabilization performance at long end is not predictable(See DPREVIEW Test).

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Hello all. First of all, I'd like to say that I'm a Professional photographer but I don't have all the secrets and the TRUTH about photography. I think that every photographer has its prefered gear, prefered style and prefered brand. I will try to make this review as useful as possible and will give you input on how this lens performs "in real life" instead of only on checkboards and targets. My gear is a Nikon D7000 and I bought this lens 2 weeks ago after reading pretty good reviews ...

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Canon Shooter2102
 

Have to say that I was a bit apprehensive buying Sigma having been a Canon Snob for years and having had trouble with some older Sigmas on Canon bodies (Err 99, OS still operating even when switched off etc etc.) I now have 3 Sigmas, EX10-20 3.5, EX70-200 2.8 OS and the 17-70 2.8-4 Contemporary lens and am blown away by the IQ of all three, Sigma have done a wonderful job with their lenses over recent years and now I'm a Sigma convert - absolutely nothing wrong with Canon glass - I have used ...

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I just got this lens so this is an early set of impressions... Note this is the Sony Version so there is no OS on lens. Pros: (1) I like the look. Clean monotone no bright color logos or even text reminds me of my old Sigma 24-135 FF I had years go, but smaller. (2) Every test I have seen says this thing is insanely sharp to the edged.

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(1) Pros: well built, versatile, sharp at all focals/apertures, nice bokeh, spot-on focusing, price (2) no full time manual focus override, field curvature @ wide angle Bought it for our holiday. Having previously owned an original 17-70mm, I can safely say that this one is much better in every category plus a bit brighter at the long ...

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Sigma have done a commendable job on this lens. I am using it with my D5200. It is very consistent throughout the focal length and aperture range, i.e. good results wide open to f16 at all angles. Center sharpness is excellent with a little fall off towards the corners, which are still mostly good to very good except at the wide end where there is a more noticeable decline (from 17-35mm). Still better than all wide-angle zooms I have tried at that angle though. The shorter zoom range compared ...

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Ken Roper
 

I have been very pleased with the performance of this lens.  I've put it through paces with indoor and outdoor use and the images are sharp and crisp. So far, no problems and I'm quite pleased with the quality of images produced with my 7D and the lens.

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