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Sigma17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors
 
4.4

(based on 195 reviews)

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    (67)

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    (5)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (133)
  • Consistent output (103)
  • Nice bokeh (93)
  • Strong construction (90)
  • Durable (74)

Cons

  • Heavy (29)
  • Blurry focus (14)
  • Slow focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (153)
  • Landscape/scenery (128)
  • Weddings (115)
  • Night photography (78)
  • Sports/action (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (94), Semi-pro photographer (56), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (13), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (175), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of the best upgrades from a kit lens

I use this lens for low light photography indoors and outdoors. As well as night photography, and walk around photography. It has a great zoom range, and is very diverse. This lens...Read complete review

I use this lens for low light photography indoors and outdoors. As well as night photography, and walk around photography. It has a great zoom range, and is very diverse. This lens and the Sigma 8-16mm make a great pair.Compared to a kit lens, this Sigma has better image quality in low light, better ISO performance, and much faster auto focus. Also. the OS (Vibration Reduction), is very effective, and makes a huge difference in slow shutter speed and low light.The BAD: no 6 year warranty like Tamron.Not so BAD: it's compact but heavy.The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 is an upgrade for those who want to unleash the greater potential of their Nikon D3200 that are limited by the kit lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great if you get a good copy

From reading reviews, you'll get the sense that this is a solid lens. My own impressions were that it's sharp, even wide open, and works well throughout the zoom and aperture range....Read complete review

From reading reviews, you'll get the sense that this is a solid lens. My own impressions were that it's sharp, even wide open, and works well throughout the zoom and aperture range. It's shockingly heavy for such a short zoom but not to the point of annoyance.

The biggest failing is that there seems to be a lot of variation between copies.Mine, though sharp, had more than ten visible liquid spots behind the front element which were obvious when set to a small aperture (I tested on f22). The look kinda like sensor dust spots but immediately disappeared when I switched lenses.

I'm holding my breath on a replacement copy but make sure you test your copy as soon as you receive.

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4.0

I have a question.

By Matias Duran

from Lima Peru

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

I own a Gh4 with metabones for nikon. Does the iris work with it?

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5.0

Excellent Lens

By Ron H.

from Erie,Pa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

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 Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

    I have several Sigma Lens,and decided to add this one to my bag.Great walk around lens,balances well on my D5100,solid build.Pictures come out sharp and very acceptical bokeh.Overall I would buy it again,great step up from a kit lens.

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    4.0

    Very good zoom lens feels like a prime

    By chessstat

    from fRANKLIN pARK nj

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Reasonable Fast Af
    • Reasonably fast AF

    Cons

    • Not very sturdy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    With f 2.8 and VR (called OS in Sigma), it is like a prime lens through 20-50mm range (at least, for my copy). It shows some Barrel distortion at 17-18 range. But yet, it stays on my camera as it serves the purpose of 24, 28, 35 and 50 mm f/1.8 prime lenses without having to change them. Well almost. at 24 and 28 the bokeh is not as smooth (if you look at the metal box picture I have posted, you know what I mean), but it is still pretty good. Reasonably fast auto focus, sharp at f/2.8

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    4.0

    Very good zoom lens feels like a prime.

    By chessstat

    from Edison NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Build Quality Not Great

    Best Uses

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

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

    With f 2.8 and VR (called OS in Sigma), it is like a prime lens through 20-50mm range (at least, for my copy). It shows some Barrel distortion at 17-18 range. But yet, it stays on my camera as it serves the purpose of 24, 28, 35 and 50 mm f/1.8 prime lenses without having to change them. Well almost. at 24 and 28 the bokeh is not as smooth (if you look at the metal box picture I have posted, you know what I mean), but it is still pretty good. Reasonably fast auto focus, sharp at f/2.8

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    5.0

    Well worth it

    By Chuck

    from Indiana

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I got this for the image stabilization. I am keweping it for the sharpness.

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      4.0

      A very capable standard zoom

      By Contrlrsiu

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I was looking for a strong standard zoom for my APS-C Nikon that won't break my wallet, after comparing this Sigma with Tamron's equivelant offerings, I decided to give it a try, and I was glad I did. It was sharp throughout the zoom range from f4.0 down, and has good skin tone on my camera. The downside is it gets soft at the corners when wide open. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.

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          5.0

          Good quality affordable lens

          By JH

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action

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

          I purchased this lens to primarily take pictures at my son's youth basketball games. I can sit court-side so long focal lengths aren't that necessary, what I need is a fast lens because of the typically poor lighting conditions in the gyms he plays in. The improvement in image quality from a kit lense to the Sigma is dramatic. Other parents have definitely noticed an improvement in picture quality since I switched to this lens.

          I don't use the image stabilization feature so I can't comment on that. In general,the lens focuses quickly and produces good quality images at wide open settings. I'm using a Nikon D70 as the body, shoot in aperature priority mode and couldn't be happier with the results I'm getting.

          I do find I have to be careful to not accidentally knock the button to switch between AF and MF - I did this for one game and couldn't understand why I didn't get many crisp images. But since then I've gotten into the habit of always checking the button before a game begins. The lens is a little heavier than I'd like because of the optical stabilization motor.

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          5.0

          Exceptional performance

          By BDG

          from Georgia

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

          Fast, sharp wide open with stellar performance after f/4. Did not have to fine tune my copy on my D7100. Build quality is great, zoom & focus rings are smooth and nicely damped. IQ is excellent with great contrast and a mellow quality that I like. Image stabilization is quiet, autofocus is very fast. The autofocus stays active for about 30 sec or so, after you shoot, potentially draining the battery faster. The focus ring moves during autofocus and you cant overide the autofocus either. These points aside, an excellent lens for a modest investment.

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          4.0

          Sigma catching up

          By Hockeylover

          from Summerville, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Weather Gasket

          Best Uses

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

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

          This is the first non OEM Lens and I will say I'm impressed the build quality is really good and the Image quality is right up there to Nikon and that says a lot. My two small negatives was no weather gasket and you have to hold your hand very close to the body when using AF or you will jam it up. No deal breakers. Great lens

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          4.0

          Excellent Buy

          By K Whizzle

          from BX NY

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

          I love it using it on D7100 to produce really sharp images. Feels like a quality build to me but what do I know I'm just am enthusiast. Price was good as my budget is not very large.i give it 4 stars because it's my first non Nikon lens. If I could afford the Nikon version I'm sure I would like it better

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          5.0

          Great first lens purchase

          By Yvang

          from Twin Cities, MN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            The Sigma 17-50 OS lens was my first lens purchase outside of the kit lenses that came with my camera. The lens is tact sharp and is great in low light situations. I took this lens to a car show and it produced a handful of great pictures. This is the perfect walkaround lens. I did a ton of research before buying this lens and I am not disappointed at all.

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            4.0

            Solid and performs well

            By jmk

            from USA

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

            The lens is slightly soft in the corners, but not so much that I'm worried about it. It is built well and I am getting great images with it.

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            5.0

            review of sigma 17-50 2.8

            By Dennis

            from North GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Nikon make great lenses but this little jewel takes the cake its heavy but not as much as some of my 2.8 Nikon Lenses. Its versatility makes it a number 1 for my travels its going into the bag as I speak.
              it works in almost every situation and makes itself most useful of my lens line up for my D7100 and D90

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              5.0

              Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Nikon

              By Danny

              from Virginia

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

              Lens has a great quality feel. Produces great sharp images. I would recommend this lens to others

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              5.0

              My new go-to lens

              By Joe H

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    My review will echo many of the positive sentiments others have posted. I use mine about 75% video/25% still photography on a Nikon D7000 body. Simply put, it's a well-made lens, tough construction for the price, excellent DOF for video (as would be expected at f2.8), and the focus ring is wide and conveniently placed for manual focus work. Autofocus could be a bit faster, but it's not a big deal for me. Highly recommended

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for video with his fixed Fstop

                    By Simon

                    from Québec, Canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    good fabric.
                    nice zoom feel.
                    Perfect for video with his fixed aperture.
                    good Image Stabilization.

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                    5.0

                    Frear lens

                    By Renato

                    from Brazil

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

                    Excellent. Only downside is the Lens hood.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best D7100 Standard Lens

                    By Tom

                    from Texas Hill Country

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I purchased this lens a few months ago, and I have to say that it is an excellent lens. It is extremely sharp from 2.8 on! It has taken some changes to how I shoot though, because of the relatively limited focal range - I was a zoomer.

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                      5.0

                      The Proper Glass

                      By Yuneeks

                      from Southern California

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I dreamt of this glass on my camera for a very long time. Unfortunately at first, I bought a used one from another vendor. The used glass was focus hunting and also too noisy. So I returned it. A few days after B&H reduced the price of this glass by a hefty amount; and so I bought it from B&H without question. If I'm not mistaken, the price came to be less than the used one I returned. I'm so pleased with my purchase. The kit lens that came with my camera is now on the book shelf. This lens is now the proper lens for my camera.

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                      4.0

                      great for Social Photography

                      By Carolina

                      from Argentina

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      great for Social Photography

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                      • No

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