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Sigma17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon Digital Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 180 reviews)

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    (62)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (132)
  • Strong construction (97)
  • Consistent output (85)
  • Durable (85)
  • Easily interchangeable (80)

Cons

  • Heavy (57)
  • Lens creep (13)
  • Slow focus (7)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Blurry focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (128)
  • Low light (108)
  • Macro photography (98)
  • Weddings (75)
  • Night photography (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (93), Semi-pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (25), Pro photographer (13), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (128), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Walk Around Lens

Love this lens & haven't taken it off my Canon 7D since I got it. Macro & bokeh are great (change to MF first) as is everything else I shot on my...Read complete review

Love this lens & haven't taken it off my Canon 7D since I got it. Macro & bokeh are great (change to MF first) as is everything else I shot on my recent outiing to Charlotte NC. Works great in low light as I found out when I took photos in an art museum where you cant use flash. It does have a hard time in AF when you are too close to a subject but a quick flip to MF fixes that. I did notice a wee bit of lens creep but most lenses do, and it seemed to be a little loud when focusing but maybe that was because it was so close to my face. Finally, this lens is a LOT lighter than the Canon 24-70 which I just rented to shoot a wedding, and the output is very comparable. Overall this lens is a 2 thumbs up and I look forward to the next time I can take it out!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tamron 17-50 won out.

After extensive research on various forums, I decided to give this lens a shot. After I installed this on my 2Ti, the first impression I got was how heavy thing is. Compare to ...Read complete review

After extensive research on various forums, I decided to give this lens a shot. After I installed this on my 2Ti, the first impression I got was how heavy thing is. Compare to Canon 55-250mm and 18-135mm lenses which I also own, this is easier another 100g heavier. If you use this all day long, I would certainly invest in a better neck strap. Luckily construction seems solid. The lens focus fairly fast, accurately and build in OS does its job well. But compare to my nifty fifty (Canon 50mm F/1.8 II), the images I captured with this lens seem to be more washed out and not as sharp. I also had very soft borders on all of the images. I would place image quality close to Canon 18-135mm but certainly not as good as the nifty fifties.[...]. After careful consideration, I decided to go with my original 2nd choice: Tamron 17-50mm no VC. Although I lost lens stabilization and 20 mm worth of reach, I like Tamron's color rendition and sharpness a great deal more. Since both of these lens are within $30 of each other, I believe I made the right choice.

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4.0

Replacement for kit lens

By Naabibash

from ISR

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • F28 At 17mm
  • Image stabilization
  • Lens hood included
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I bought that lens to replace my broken kit lens with low budget (300-400$).
It serves me as a walk-around lens (17-70mm) and indoor scene (f2.8)

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5.0

Great Way To Step Up From The Kit Lens

By Uimhir 1

from Co. Louth, Ireland

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

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 Canon Digital Cameras:

    B&H are a terrific company to deal with. An earlier purchased product was not suitable and was refunded with a pleasent smile that one would only expect with a sale. 5 stars to the returns dept.
    With further research this Sigma lens was purchased and has lived up to all expectations. I could not believe how much of an improvement it was over the kit lens. The Image Stabilisation is way better than the std. Canon lens. Although much heavier than the kit lens, this is soon forgotten when your new images are viewed.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Sigma 12-70MM

    By VideoLasVegas

    from Las Vegas, NV

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is very sharp and at 2.8, doesn't require much light. The only thing that detracts is a little bit of lens noise when zooming. For the price this sure beats some of the camera manufacturers high priced alternatives.

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    5.0

    Lovin' It!!

    By Jamin

    from Royse City, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is fantastic!! Produces clear, sharp pictures and shows minimum grain at high iso.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      good but not enough

      By chezzo

      from gto mexico

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I bought it for weddings, this lense is good but since 50 mm close at f4, therefore is good at night with iso 1600 or a good flash when use the zoom.

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        5.0

        great value lens

        By DT

        from Phoenix, Az

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Using lens to take up close photos. Good quality lens at good price. Hard to go wrong with this choice for great value. Takes great pictures. Taking some great picture of the desert wildflowers.

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          4.0

          Great Lens!

          By Starrn1

          from Detroit MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

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

          It's a great all around lens...but a little heavy. Hard to insert.

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          5.0

          The best lens you can buy for this price

          By Mario Toro

          from Santiago, Chile

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This lens is fantastic compared to other lens that you can buy for this price. Of course it have some flaws like serious CA at 2.8 but it is really sharp though, the build quality is excellent, the focus ring is smooth and precise and it works great for filmmaking.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Good lens

            By Candlesmon

            from New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor focus in low light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I was looking for a wide/macro and got an email from B&H when this went on sale. Got if for a good price and read the reviews on this site and also a Canon forum. The reviews were good and so were the pics. I am happy so far and plan on using it a lot more during the next few months. Only issue is poor auto focus in low light. I use manual focus.

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            5.0

            EXCELLENT!!

            By INNOVA

            from PUERTO RICO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              SUPER SHARP IMAGES!!

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              5.0

              One of the best kept secrets

              By ian_socool

              from Brooklyn Baby!

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

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

              I am not going to lie. There are plenty of examples that have front of back focusing issues. Mine was one of them, but since Sigma was in my city, I decided to drive out there to have them once over my lens. They adjusted the AF with my body. Then there was an issue of a squeal when it tried to AF. I wrote it off as an inherited trait, but after two days and nothing to do that day, I drove back to Sigma to point it out. He told me that the front had a minor dent in it. I may have hit a wall at a party, I am not sure, but they replaced the AF motor, the dented case holding the glass and adjusted the AF. ALL FOR FREE! While I was doing that they gave me a 30mm 1.4 to play with. Thats the equivelant of having a BMW 525 in for service and getting a M3 to drive while you wait. All I know is that my Canon Nifty 50 is seeing it's last days and is up for sale after playing with the Sigma 30mm.
              I am SOOOOOOO impressed with Sigma customer service and shot a party that last night with the 17-70. Indoors under tunsgent light. HOLY F---! This is the lens to buy NOW! Now off to B&H to return some items and trade in my 50mm 1.8 for a 30mm 1.4 Sigma.

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              5.0

              Highly recommend this product

              By jdoc55

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action

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

                I purchased this lens because I needed a good zoom range and a fast lens. This lens more than met my requirements and I would definitely recommend it to any other photographer in the market for a lens of it's capabilities.

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                4.0

                Great lens

                By nsolsen

                from Denmark

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Walk Around Lens

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                This lens is a bit on the heavy side but other than that its great. I initially asked for the newer lighter version but was advised by the man in the shop that although the newer model was lighter, it also cost more. I was willing to carry the extra weight and save the money :-)I have just returned from Hawaii where I got to test my new lens and it was really good. Have not tried shooting macro yet, not why I bought this lens.

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                4.0

                A good lens for the price

                By Mountain Man

                from Adirondacks

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portrait
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Overall, this lens seems to be functioning well. I have used it in a variety of situations from scenic to portrait.

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                  5.0

                  Good Product

                  By NoNoy

                  from Guam

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This lens is good in low light & very quick on auto focus

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Optimal cost benefit

                        By Alex Checchinato

                        from São Paulo, BRa

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

                        is a perfect lens for various occasions.
                        .

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens

                        By GAJen

                        from GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Use for general photography and macro. Exceptional clarity, fast focus.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          The most awesome of lens!!

                          By Gpollock662

                          from Artesia, NM

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          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 Canon Digital Cameras:

                            I have been saving my money to purchase this lens and when I saw the sale price I had to purchase it right then!! The clarity of the picture is just awesome. I am just an amature photographer but this lens help make my pics just amazing.

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                            5.0

                            So far, I like it

                            By dixiyotker

                            from Manassas, VA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            Since I bought this for the first DSLR I've owned. I can't realy comare it to anything. I wanted a lens that was better than the kit lenses and at the right price. This was the only one that fit my requirements. It does have some heft to it, but I don't find it uncomforable. It reminds me of the metal housing SLR lenses of old. focus seems fast and accuate.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent choice!

                            By nsvmom

                            from Washington, D.C.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Reasonably priced

                            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 Canon Digital Cameras:

                              I love this lens so far.. It was reasonably priced, and exceeds my expectations! Friends have also used Sigma lenses and had nothing but good things to say about them.

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