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Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors

Price: $669.00
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Product Highlights
  • For Canon DSLRs with APS-C Size Sensors
  • 4 Stops of Anti-Shake (OS) Compensation
  • Aperture of f/2.8 throughout Zoom Range
  • Accepts 77mm Filters
  • Ultra Compact (Only 3.6", 91.8mm Long)
  • Multi-Layered Lens Coating
  • Excellent Correction for Aberrations
  • Hyper-Sonic Motor for Quiet/Fast AF
  • Close Focusing Distance of 11" (28cm)
  • Weighs Only 19.9 oz (565 g)

The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens is an incredibly versatile, lightweight, and compact lens designed specifically for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors. The lens has a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range. It features a construction of 17 elements in 13 groups with glass that corrects for flare, ghosting and all types of aberrations. It produces high contrast and sharp images throughout the zoom range even at its maximum aperture.

Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilization) feature allows you to shoot at shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. This means your images will look sharper, even when shooting without a tripod in low existing light or at maximum range with a flash. This lens is also equipped with Sigma's Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) which provides for fast and quiet autofocusing.

The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 is ideal for many photo opportunities particularly landscapes and portraits, but with its wide focal range and a close focusing distance down to 11" (28cm) you can capture images with unique perspectives. It will quickly become one of the most important lenses in your gear bag.

Note! Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras.

This lens is for use with digital cameras with APS-C size sensors only. 1
The DC designation on the barrel means that this is a special lens designed so that the image circle matches the smaller size (APS-C) of the image sensor of your digital SLR. Its specialized design gives this lens the ideal properties for digital cameras, including a compact size and lightweight construction.
The 17-50mm f/2.8 offers Sigma's OS System (Optical Stabilization) that allows shooting at shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would be otherwise possible, for sharper handheld photography even in low-light situations.
Constructed with 17 elements in 13 groups, it features FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass which is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. FLD glass offers superior optical performance, equal to fluorite, at an affordable price.
Its HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus.
Sigma lenses are made in Japan.
Performance
Focal Length 17 - 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 72.4° - 27.9°
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (27.94 cm)
Magnification 0.20x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 17/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 3.6" (8.38 x 9.14 cm)
Weight 1.24 lb (565 g)
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors
  • Lens Hood
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Sigma17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors
     
    4.5

    (based on 270 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (169)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (78)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (191)
    • Strong construction (154)
    • Consistent output (147)
    • Nice bokeh (135)
    • Durable (110)

    Cons

    • Heavy (37)
    • Slow focus (18)
    • Blurry focus (13)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Lens creep (7)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (194)
    • Landscape/scenery (171)
    • Weddings (125)
    • Night photography (105)
    • Video (91)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (118), Semi-pro photographer (74), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (29), Photography student (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (232), Yes (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Right out the box, wow!

    I'm a simi-pro photographer. I have 39 years under my belt. I am using two Canon 40D mainly shooting wedding,family portraits and model shoots. I gently shook the Sigma 17-50mm prior...Read complete review

    I'm a simi-pro photographer. I have 39 years under my belt. I am using two Canon 40D mainly shooting wedding,family portraits and model shoots. I gently shook the Sigma 17-50mm prior to mounting it on my 40D, I heard the clicking sound as many of you've. The lens is light compared to the canon lens I use. I did have to get use to the focus ring rotating during auto focus, ensuring that my fingers was not in it way. I imediately took over 150 shots with my Sigma 17-50mm lens and all I could say is Wow, straight out the box. The pictures are amazing. They are all in focus and sharp colors, no purple fringes, sharp from f2.8 up to f16, no vin, and all 150 photos is a keeper. The rings all rotated with ease. The Sigma have a zoom lock that can only be lock in 17mm position but while unlock holding the canon 40d downward I never experience any lens creep. I notice a few complaints about the lens not being sharp while using a tripod. The instruction that came with the Sigma lens tell you to turn the OS off when using a tripod. I took some shots with OS on and some with it off. The shots were all keepers with the OS on however the Shots with the OS off gave the the big wow factor. Maybe I got lucky with the lens I receive, and I'm very impress with the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens. This is my first time trying Sigma lens I'm quite happy that it worked out for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Auto Fucus Problems

    Bought this lens from B&H 2/27/12. It takes great photos when the auto fucus works. I sent it to Sigma Service Center in July to have the AF problem...Read complete review

    Bought this lens from B&H 2/27/12. It takes great photos when the auto fucus works. I sent it to Sigma Service Center in July to have the AF problem fixed. It worked for a little while. Today,11/23/12 I sent it in again the AF just doesn't work. It will not lock on and if it does the photo is wayout of focus. I really liked this lens if it would work. I couldn't recommend this lens because of the AF problem.

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    4.0

    Good Quality

    By Jeremy

    from San Antonio, Tx

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

    I've only had the lens for about 2 weeks but my first impression has been good. Build quality seems very good and it comes with a nice case. A plus was that it also came with a tulip hood which I didn't expect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Outstanding for the price

    By Ron

    from Spencer Wis.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

      I chose this lens as my first upgrade from the 18-55 kit lens that came with my Canon T3. After reading and watching every review I could find on this and other comparable lenses the Sigma pretty much was the clear choice on paper. After having it for awhile I know now I made the right decision. It is larger than the kit lens (see photo) but not to the point that I find it bothersome. The build quality is solid and the focus and zoom control rings move smoothly. The focus ring does move while auto focusing which means you have to watch how you hold the lens while shooting. Also there is no manual focus while in AF mode. These are mildly annoying shortcomings in light of the image quality for the price paid. Auto focus has been faster and quieter than the kit lens although it does have to hunt around a bit in low light. To be fair I'm not sure whether I should pin that on the lens or the camera body. All in all I have no regrets in buying this lens and recommending to any one looking for a good, moderately priced standard zoom.

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      • No

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      4.0

      good lens for the price!

      By hamid

      from NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

        It is a well built lens. The lens is sharp and the zoom and focus work really well.

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        • No

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        4.0

        A good all purpose lens

        By dyingrhyme

        from Jessup,MD

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

        Connects to my blackmagic 4k without any problem. supposedly their is a crop rate of 2.4, but in my visual estimation the effect of it is less drastic than that. Easy to use, good and fast.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great lens :-)

        By Moshe

        from Chicago , il

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

        bought it for family photography. works great. very sharp.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nice lens

        By Bryan

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

          Great lens. Large aperture, solid construction, fast focus. Great value for money. Only issue was occasionally it makes weird noise when not shooting but OS is on. No impact on image quality or OS functionality though.

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          3.0

          Good Lens

          By shasta

          from CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

            This lens is excellent for the price. There is some noise rattle, which I found out was normal. It's fast and the image stabilization works well.

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            5.0

            Impressive lens

            By DJ

            from millersville, md

            Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

            Love this lens. Takes quality images and comes completely with extras. Definitely worth every penny. Glad I added it to my equipment. No one should be without this.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Ryan the Runner

            from San Francisco

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

              Beautiful lens, wish it were a bit wider though. Great value overall.

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              5.0

              Love this Lens

              By Ryan the Runner

              from San Francisco

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                Beautiful Lens, wish it were a bit wider. Also 2.8 isn't great, but does the job. All around great value.

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                • Yes

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Austin Arborist

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                    I've had this lens a little over a month and it has been great on my 70D. Very sharp and fast in low light situations. Since I'm usually shooting at dusk and night this is a great advantage to me. The build quality is great, not overly heavy, and has become my goto lens for walking around and dusk photography. I would definitely recommend this lens to anybody wanting to upgrade their kit lens.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Greats lens for the price

                    By Ale

                    from New York, Ny

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                      Pictures are stunning! Videos are sharp and Optical stabilization works well!

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Too noisy as a video lens

                      By creativeu1

                      from Somerset NJ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                            I thought I had heard great things about this lens, but perhaps it was a different Sigma lens. This one was too noisy for use with my 70d for video. It's a nice range, but that was my primary reason for getting it. I didn't test it too much with video, but I'll wait for the next version from Sigma, or look into other offerings.

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                            5.0

                            Chose this over Tamron and Canon version

                            By TheIceman

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                Fantastic lens. Everything I could have wanted in a 2.8 17-50mm. The Canon version is nice but way too big and expensive, plus this lens focuses faster and has better build quality in my opinion (plus it has the zoom lock and zoom doesn't 'creep' like the Canon). Don't believe the clown on the internet videos that says the lens hood is loose. You have to twist until it 'clicks' into the lock position.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                So Good It Feels Like a Lie

                                By mfgonz

                                from panama, pa

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                I love this lens! I've wanted it for a while, so i could have the equivalent to a 24-70 on my 60d, but canon's are obviously way too expensive as usual. Sigma's quality is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Really, this lens is SHARP SHARP AND MORE SHARP.
                                It's also pretty fast, even in super low light it doesn't get stuck for hours trying to focus.
                                It's a big too heavy, i like my equipment to be heavy but between the 60d which is a monster and this lens, you should have strong arms to hold this for a long while.
                                The focus ring is a bit too small for my taste as well. it has a weird location, but nothing really that kills it.
                                Overall i'm head over heels this lens.
                                It comes with a hood and a little case for the lens, which is always nice to have.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Up-grade your kit lens

                                By Bill

                                from Staten Island

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                  If you do your homework, read the reviews, you'll come the the same conclusion as I did. This is the best, the best, walk-around zoom lens on the market today for any crop sensor camera. I must have. Tack sharp to the corners.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Lens for the money

                                  By dp photo

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                    Being a part time photographer, I cannot afford the expensive glass. This is a nice compromise. It gives me the flexibility I need to shoot in low light situations, and great DOF when shooting portraits and speed when shooting some sporting or dance event. This has become my everyday lens.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great APS-C Lens

                                    By Bill from Brazil

                                    from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                      I am a budding photographer and wanted to upgrade from my 18-200mm kit lens. I wanted to play around with depth of field and bokehs so, after much reseach, decided this was the perfect lens for me. Good price (half that of a Canon), good range (25-80 if you convert it to full frame) and fast speed (aperture of 2.8).

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Love this lens!!

                                      By Geoff

                                      from NJ

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light

                                      Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                      Pictures are so clear and works great in low light! I used it to shoot a Sweet 16 party along with my Canon Speedlight 430 EXII and my pictures were beautiful. Also great for taking group pictures! The only thing that I did not like is it has an inverted barrel for focusing.

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                                      5.0

                                      Good Choice

                                      By FyRPhotography

                                      from Puerto Rico

                                      Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                                      Sharp and fast lens. Good day to day lens for the price. I used this lens for night sport track and field and the photos was real good.

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