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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon

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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Optical Stabilizer
  • Macro Capabilities
  • Compact and Lightweight TSC Construction
  • FLD, SLD, and Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon is a standard zoom lens designed especially for DSLRs with APS-C-sized image sensors. This lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25.5-105mm, providing wide-angle to portrait-length angles of view for use in everyday shooting situations.

This lens features a fast f/2.8-4 maximum aperture to help better control your focus plane and to aid in low-light shooting. A built-in Optical Stabilizer also helps in low-light situations by providing a four-stop reduction in the appearance of camera shake, which is ideally suited for macro and telephoto shooting as well. The Hyper Sonic AF Motor delivers fast, smooth, and quiet auto focusing that greatly benefits video applications. The integration of two FLD, one SLD, and three aspherical lenses in the construction helps to reduce the effects of chromatic and chromatic axial aberrations, and Super Multi-Layer coated elements help to increase contrast for sharp, clear imagery.

As part of Sigma's new Contemporary line of lenses, this lens is designed using Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) materials to help reduce the overall weight and size of the lens barrel by about 30% without compromising on optical integrity, rigidity, or overall durability.

For updating lens firmware and fine-tuning its nuances to best-suit your personal shooting, this lens is compatible with the Sigma USB Dock. The dock allows you to specify certain parameters and other settings through the Sigma Optimization Pro software, such as AF speed and focusing limitations.

Contemporary Lens Line
This lens is the first lens produced as part of Sigma's Contemporary line; deeming it lightweight and compact while still exhibiting high optical performance. This lens' wide range of focal lengths makes is suitable for a variety of shooting applications. Utilizing a smaller OS unit and an optimized distribution of optical and electronic elements, the size of the lens barrel is able to be reduced in size by approximately 30%. This reduction in weight is also afforded in part through the use of TSC materials in the barrel construction. This material offers high durability and rigidity but with less bulk than metal components.
Macro Shooting Capabilities
This lens features a maximum magnification of 1:2.8 and a minimum focus distance of 8.7" / 22cm, giving a working distance of just 2.2" / 5.5cm when shooting at the 70mm focal length.
Optimized Lens Construction
Two FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass element, and three aspherical glass elements, including a double-sided aspherical lens, are integrated into the lens' construction to help improve overall image quality. The combination of these elements provides a reduction in both chromatic and axial chromatic aberrations throughout the focusing and zoom ranges. A Super Multi-Layer Coating is also applied to lens surfaces to reduce the appearance of lens flare and ghosting, which helps to maintain image contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) provides fast, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications.
Optical Stabilizer
The OS (Optical Stabilizer) system is incorporated into the lens to provide a four-stop-equivalent reduction in the appearance of camera shake. This enables greater handheld shooting possibilities when working in low-lit situations, at longer focal lengths, and when working with macro subjects.
USB Dock
Compatible with Sigma's USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software for fine-tuning your lens' performance, updating its firmware, and better suiting it to your needs.
Other Features
  • A large maximum aperture of f/2.8-4 helps with low-light photography and also offers greater control over your focus plane for selective focus shooting.
  • A brass bayonet mount provides reinforced durability at the connection point between the lens and your camera.
Performance
Focal Length 17 - 70mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 25.5 - 105 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 79.7° - 22.9°
Minimum Focus Distance 8.66" (22 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 16/14
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.11 x 3.23" (79 x 82 mm)
Weight 16.40 oz (465 g)
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon
  • Lens Hood LH780-03
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • 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
    Sigma17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon
     
    4.6

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (27)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Strong construction (15)
    • Nice bokeh (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (25)
      • Low light (17)
      • Macro photography (17)
      • Weddings (15)
      • Night photography (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photography student (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (31), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Effective, but not without shortcomings.

      General purpose lens for crop sensor walk about. Offering a good range (albeit less than the Nikon 16-85) with excellent sharpness, resolution and color in the center of the image at all...Read complete review

      General purpose lens for crop sensor walk about. Offering a good range (albeit less than the Nikon 16-85) with excellent sharpness, resolution and color in the center of the image at all FL's. However, on the wider end of things, you cannot get rid of slightly softer sides, even at F9-F11 (the sweet spot for the 17 - 20mm focal lengths).

      Better sharpness in the center and intermediate areas that even the 17-55 Nikon.

      The macro is good too, offering some creative freedom that the Nikon does not offer.

      Unlike most Sigma lenses I have owned (about 20), this is the first to hit focus on just about every shot. AF is fast and silent (nearly), and the OS offers great handhold ability when needed.

      Overall conclusion then: Someone coming from the Nikon 16-85 will find this a good step up IMO, and even from the Nikon 17-55/2.8 it offers some performance benefits.

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      Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM le

      I tested the lens and had a problem with focusing. The problem possibly could have been rsolved with the USB dock which I didn't have so I sent the lens back. Two stars for...Read complete review

      I tested the lens and had a problem with focusing. The problem possibly could have been rsolved with the USB dock which I didn't have so I sent the lens back. Two stars for build quality and size.

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      4.0

      Great new lens to the bag

      By Richard

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

        I recently added this lens to my bag and have been very happy with it on my D7100. I has a great range for a walking lens and have been very happy with it shooting sunrises and landscapes.

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        5.0

        Great Lens!

        By Minketoon

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            I am very happy with this lens. I bought it to replace the 18-100mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D90. It is lightweight, sharp and fast, and the autofocus works very well, too. It is my new everyday lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            it's a good lens

            By freelance photography

            from chicago

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            i use this for newborn portrait sessions and so far so good
            it's light and I'm happy with it

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Day and Night Performer

            By Jose A.

            from New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

              This is my first Sigma product which I paired up with a D5300. I have owned this lens for approximately three weeks and I have tested its performance in both daylight and at night. Out-of-focus areas have a soft satin appearance. I found that though at its widest the aperture is f2.8, it appears that f4 is the sweet spot throughout the focal range. At night it struggled a couple of times to focus, but once it "got the hang of it" it did not miss-fire again. I'm very pleased with its field performance and the image quality that followed.

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              5.0

              Excellent choice!

              By Imfleuri

              from Newark, NJ

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                Good for the price.
                excellent for landscape.
                Hope I can get better shots indoor, when I get practice with the product.

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                4.0

                Good Suggested

                By Nada Pro

                from Celina, Ohio 45822

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                  I asked the salesman for his suggestion as to a Go To Lens. He suggested the Sigma. He was not wrong. Takes great shots, light weight and the 2.8 and 72mm lens makes it a great buy

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                  5.0

                  Excellent upgrade from kit lens

                  By Chris H.

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Affordable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                    I recently purchased this lens as an upgrade from my 18-55mm kit lens, and there is an immediate noticeable bump in photo quality. I originally bought the older version of this lens, but have since bought the newer "Contemporary" version, which is noticeably smaller, lighter, and with better overall performance. This lens is ridiculously sharp, decently fast at f2.8 at the wide end, and covers a good distance at 70mm. I find I use this while walking around and it works great 85% of the time. It's an incredible value when working with portraits or anything where you need control over depth of field. This is where I've noticed the sharpness and contrast really shine. The nice out of focus backgrounds and the super sharp and crisp subjects create some really nice photos. The macro capabilities are also very good. However, you are buying a "budget" lens for cameras with APS-C sensors, so of course you're going to sacrifice a little bit in the way of sharpness at the corners, especially when wide open. But honestly, for this price range, who cares? It's not noticeable enough to detract from the overall image quality. If you go pixel-peeping at every focal length/aperture combo, then of course you will find some things you don't like. I have noticed that the auto-focus struggles when trying to capture a moving subject (i.e. sports or wildlife), but it eventually finds the right focus. It may not be as fast as you would like in certain situations. I also use it for a lot of landscape photography, and it can be a little bit hit and miss when the lighting is unpredictable. Keeping these things in mind though, it is still a great value and I give it 5 stars.One additional thing to note is that while the lens itself feels very solid and durable, the lens hood is junk. I got just a little bit of sand/grit in the threads while photographing waterfalls this weekend, and now there is a lot of resistance when I take it on and off, even after cleaning it. It was so stuck I thought I might break the lens just trying to get the hood off. So keep this in mind, keep it very clean, and try not to lose patience if it gets stuck!

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                    2.0

                    Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM le

                    By Dr. Moto

                    from Hilton Head, SC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Inconclusive At This Time

                    Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                    I tested the lens and had a problem with focusing. The problem possibly could have been rsolved with the USB dock which I didn't have so I sent the lens back. Two stars for build quality and size.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Upgrade

                    By Glass Avenue Photography

                    from Durham, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                    I purchased this lens to upgrade from my D3200s kit lens.While the Nikon 15-55 is an Ok starting point this blows away expectations.At work I use the Tamron 12-50 with the constant 2.8 and honestly this lens is leagues sharper, with a much more accurate and faster auto focus.I feel like this lens would be very versatile, well versed for portraits and events.The decently fast aperture, impressive build quality and impressive image quality ensure this lens fights above it's weight class.

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                    5.0

                    Better than what I expected

                    By Veecho

                    from Isb

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                      A week back I got this lens and carriedout some low light and night shots both outdoor/ indoor with my Nikon D7000; the performance was more than expected. However, when it comes to portrait I would suggest to go for big aperture like f/1.8 and offcourse that would cost more. OS and HSM is really outstanding though I experienced AF stuck at some stage but later it worked fine. Overall a best lens for entry or enthusiast level.

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                      5.0

                      Very good lens!

                      By john

                      from Qc, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Macro

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                        The macro capability of that lens is quite good. If you need a short focus distance, wide angle and a standard zoom range, this lens have it all. I did not find a nikon lens with all that.

                        Previous version of that lens were not very durable under rough condition (humidity, dirt, impact). I hope this one would be better.

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                        4.0

                        Very Good…but Not a Keeper

                        By David-eye

                        from Texas Hill Country

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good IQ
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Limited range

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Walk-around

                        Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                        For the price range and the catagory, this is a well considered lens. It is a bit faster than a mid-range kit lens and the build quality is on a high level. The only problem, especially for Nikon users is the availability of the 18-105 VR lens. At the same focal lengths and f stops, the Nikon either matches, or betters this Sigma and has the extra 50mm (in DX terms) reach which makes it much more versatile and useful as an all-purpose mid-range lens and because of it's kit-lens status, the Nikon lens can be purchased used in premium condition for ½ the cost of the Sigma. I purchased both lenses at the same time and put them through real world comparative tests and the Sigma was returned. Once again the Sigma is a very good lens, but for me, the Nikon won the race.

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                        4.0

                        Really digging this lens

                        By M-Dawg

                        from Chicago

                        Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                        Just picked this lens up and I must say I'm very impressed with it. The end.

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                        5.0

                        Tack sharp. Macro convenience.

                        By Eagle77

                        from Rochester, New York

                        Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                        I have the Nikon D3200 dSLR with 24Meg pix APS-C sensor. With my lens, it has a snug fit to camera body. Sharpness is well within my expectations. The outer filter ring does block slightly the focus bright light on the camera body. having the macro function is a big plus. The company is very proud of their made in Japan designation.

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                        5.0

                        A good general purpose lens

                        By Norm

                        from Loveland. OH

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                          I was attracted to the Sigma 17-70mm by its f2.8-4 aperture range and several positive reviews. I have used the lens with my Nikon D7100 and D3200. The lens is sharper than both the 18-55mm and 16-85mm Nikkors. The zoom ring is very smooth and shows no sign of creeping with the lens pointed up or down. The focus ring does rotate when auto-focusing but this has not caused any problems. The lens focuses extremely close, down to 8.6". With the lens zoomed out 70mm and focused at 7.2" there is only about 1.5" from the front of the lens and the subject, making difficult to light the subject.
                          Overall it is an excellent lens.

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                          5.0

                          A fine 'walk around' lens

                          By Kent

                          from Indianapolis, IN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                            I recently took stock of my gear and decided that given a couple of upcoming trips where I wouldn't care to lug around my whole bag, that I would reconsider my 'walk around' lens. For a number of years that's been a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom. It's a fine lens and I have no truly serious complaints about it. However, it is heavy and does suffer from barrel creep and like a lot of lenses, the hood wants to come off.I also recognized that I rarely used it fully zoomed and also that I did occassionally have some interest in doing macro photography. So, considering these needs I reviewed available walk around zoom lenses for my Nikon D90 and decided to give the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro a try. I typically like to shoot nature close ups, landscapes and will be doing urban architecture with it on an upcoming trip and find that so far, it provides a nice balance of functions.Focusing is smooth, rapid and precise as well as being very quiet. Unlike the reports of other users, I have not experienced the reported fuzzy edges or barrelling effects in my limited use.It seems sturdy and well constructed. The lens hood snaps on preventing it from coming off when you have the camera slung lens down (as I often do) and it does not seem to suffer from lens creep.Also it doesn't seem to get lens barrel shadowing when shot using the pop up flash on the camera (something I rarely do).All in all, a good purchase and I would recommend it to other photo enthusiast types. I've attached two images; a hibiscus bloom shot at 2.8 at 17mm from about 3 inches, and a sundown shot, f10 at 50mm.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By hoof

                            from Kenmore, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                              This lens replaced my Nikon 16-85mm and my Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC. Both of those lenses had an annoying property where they required different autofocus adjustment settings for the extremes of the zoom range. Adjusting for 16mm meant 85mm was just out of focus, for example. The USB dock with this Sigma ensures that this lens won't have this issue, if it does, it's easily fixable.

                              What point is having sharp optics if you can't get your subject in sharp focus every time?

                              Optically this lens is as good or better than both of those lenses. Sharp to the edge across all focal lengths, except maybe the corners wide open at 17mm. Even then, this Sigma is as good or better than those two lenses (especially the Tamron). Unlike my 16-85mm I have no hesitation to use this lens wide open. Be sure to use a RAW converter that can properly correct lateral chromatic aberration (like Lightroom 5)

                              Fantastic lens. Couldn't be happier. Wanted to fix my AF issue, and ended up with a better lens. Great match with the Nikon D7100's high resolution & acuity.

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                              4.0

                              Feels great - Good image quality

                              By 9-volt

                              from Asheville, NC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Blurry Focus

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                              I use this lens as my general walkabout on my D5100. I primarily shoot architecture and nature, so focal range works well for me. It has a nice weight and feel to the components. The fairly tight action on the zoom, which I like, gives a nice feeling of control.

                              The macro (+/- 9") and fast f/2.8 make it a great overall versatile lens. Good sharp image quality, not fantastic, but good for the price. Autofocus is reasonably fast. No vignetting, but focus can go a little soft around the edges sometimes. Bokeh seems fine to me, although other reviews seem to complain about it.

                              The OS optical stabilizer is not all that amazing. I've only done a handful of tests so far but I'm not seeing 4 stops reduction in shake. Overall very pleased with investment.

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                              5.0

                              Replaced my nikon 16-85 with this!

                              By MsStephe

                              from Atlanta GA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                                This has become my main walk around lens. The extra stop in speed allows enough selective focus for nice portraits at 70mm plus focuses close enough to cover the flowers etc. I couldn't do this with the 16-85 nikon. It seems sharp all the way to the corners, even at 17mm which some reviews claim it isn't. I'm highly pleased with the performance and usefullness of this lens!

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                                5.0

                                Great general purpose lens

                                By Yo

                                from Park Rapids, MN & Manzanillo, Mexico

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                                  I was looking for a step-up lens from a kit lens. I researched various sources and came to rely on DXOMark. While kit lenses are rated 9-11 of 40 points, this lens scored 16-17. I have had the lens for a couple of months and it has exceeded my expectation. The images are very sharp, the stabilization effective and the focal lengths very useable. It has become my "go-to" lens.

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                                  Hoya - 72mm Digital Filter Kit II
                                  • You Pay: $99.95
                                   

                                  Filter Holders

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                                  XUME - 72mm Lens Adapter and Filter Holder Starter Kit
                                  • You Pay: $51.95
                                   

                                  Hoods & Covers

                                  Flex Lens Shade - Flex Lens Shade
                                  • You Pay: $39.95
                                   

                                  Cases & Wraps

                                  Pearstone - Onyx 40 Lens Case
                                  • You Pay: $9.79
                                   

                                  Lens Mount Caps

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                                  Sensei - 72mm Clip-On Lens Cap
                                  • You Pay: $3.95
                                   

                                  Macro Ringbox

                                  Vello - Ringbox Ringflash Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $89.95
                                   

                                  Extension Tubes

                                  Vello - Auto Extension Tube Set for Nikon
                                  • You Pay: $79.95
                                   
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