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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 182 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (106)

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    (60)

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    (8)

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    (5)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (127)
  • Consistent output (97)
  • Strong construction (90)
  • Nice bokeh (89)
  • Durable (73)

Cons

  • Heavy (28)
  • Blurry focus (14)
  • Slow focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (146)
  • Landscape/scenery (122)
  • Weddings (112)
  • Night photography (72)
  • Sports/action (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (88), Semi-pro photographer (55), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (168), 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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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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        5.0

        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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          5.0

          Awesome lens

          By Mark J

          from Halethorpe MD

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Nice lens easy to use and takes great pictures. easy to read directions. First F2.8 lens that works with both on my Nikon cameras.

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            5.0

            Sharing some images

            By toxictabasco

            from spidermonkey.money@

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this for just about everything. On a DX it's like a general purpose 24-70 on a FX. Along with the Sigma 8-116mm, it's a great pair. The only thing missing here is the Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 OS HSM APO.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Cesar

              from Panama

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

              I bough this len two weeks ago, and I very happy, the quality and versatility for everyday photography it's just that I needed

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              5.0

              Sharp Lens

              By JWhitman

              from Rialto, CA.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              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:

              I use this lens for both landscape and portrait photography. Great lens exceeded my expectations. Was worried when I initially decided to buy this lens due to some poor reviews. All doubts are cast out of my mind now. I have found nothing wrong with this lens so far.

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              5.0

              This Len is perfit for my use.

              By D j mills

              from Glidden Wi

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

              I just bought a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 zoom Len for my Nikon D-90. This Len works as advertise. I use it's for close-up works.

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              5.0

              Very good lense

              By gradonov

              from Sofia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              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 Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                  Fast And acurate focus. OS very good. Fulfilled all my expectations.

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                  4.0

                  Really Good Lens

                  By @iamHoraceKnight

                  from New Castle, DE

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Lock Button Hard To Move

                  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:

                  I am a Nikon Enthusiast. This is my first Sigma Lens. It's really good. Works Well in Low Light. Only Problem. The Lock Button(seems to be Always Stuck). I just purchased this lens two weeks ago and was gonna send it back for that reason, but didn't want to go through the Hassle.

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                  5.0

                  Equals or exceeds my expectations.

                  By wizoz

                  from Independence, Kansas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Fast 28 Aperture All Fl
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sharpness

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Normal lens

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

                    Initial shots show excellent sharpness all the way to f2.8.

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                    5.0

                    Love This lens

                    By gdionne98

                    from Everett, Wa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    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
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Its one of my best all around lens. Always on my camera or in my bag. Fast, clear .

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                      3.0

                      Ok Product

                      By Dave the Photographer

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • A Bit Noise Auto Focus

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Heavy

                      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:

                      I purchased for indoor and outdoor use. F2.8 was the key, although the focal length was somewhat too short. I wish it could go up to 70 or 80mm. 50 mmm @ F2.8 was marginally better than my 18-200mm Nikor. It is also pretty heavy lens. 17mm actually makes a difference, which is wider than my 18-200mm.

                      It is a sharp lens, but the corners are not sharp especially at 17mm @ F2.8. This was one of the major reasons I returned this lens. In other words, I don't see any real advantage over 18-200mm. Yes, if you have 18-50mm lens, this lens should give you a big boost because at 50mm, the kit lens will be at f5.6, one stop difference.

                      If it were a bit longer, such as 70mm or 80mm (at this focal length, it would certainly make difference with F2.8, i.e., a nice bokeh potential), and it were sharp at 17mm @ F2.8 (I would use a lot in door), I definitely kept the lens. I returned this lens, and I do not miss either because my 18-200mm gives almost every thing that Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 can give (except 17mm, however it is fuzzy at the edge).

                      It was not critical to me, but please note that the aperture ring is always turning when it is in auto focus mode. This could be an issue especially those who take video.

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                      5.0

                      well kept secret

                      By Jarko

                      from Charlotte NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      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 Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

                      This lens is a great step up from Nikon's kit lenses, and a rival to its higher priced premium lenses. Solidly build with tight tolerance and amazing clarity, this competent lens handles all an urban photographer would want. The flip side of course is lens size and weight, but that is a small price to pay

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Steve

                      from Rochester Hills, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • 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:

                        This copy was actually bought as a back up copy. Nothing says you're satisfied with a product like a repeat purchase. I bought my first copy of this lens about a year ago before attending a neices wedding. I shot 1500 photos during the wedding and party afterwards. The colors were great, the indoor wedding shots with natural light were great. I've read that it's not the Nikon 17-55, but at this price level, the value is certainly there. At the 50mm zoom, you're getting 4 times the light as a kit lens, which makes a tremendous difference in lower light shooting. Bought the second copy when they were on sale as the first one has become my everyday go to lens. Don't hesitate to buy one.

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                        4.0

                        Good and bad ... but mostly good, part 2

                        By zanypoet

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • 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:

                        I forgot to mention that the optical stabilization (OC in Simga-speak) works very well and I find it to be genuinely useful feature. One correction ... it does have manual override. It's just that the focus ring is located too close to the zoom ring and rotates while it auto focuses, and gets in the way when zooming. Otherwise, extremely sharp lens for the money. It is cheaper than Nikon 16-85mm DX lens, which I have and is sharper and faster.

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                        4.0

                        New addition to my kit a winner

                        By unclemikey

                        from Richmond VA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        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:

                          The big discount for this lens pushed me over the edge to buy it. Looking at the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 EX DC OS HSM and the Nikon AF-S 17-55 f2.8G. I did not take the opportunity to test these two lenses side by side but it no longer matters. The Sigma 17-50 renders sharp edge to edge detail, great color and contrast and I can't imagine the Nikon being much better. Couldn't give 4 and 1/2 stars for this performer but that is what I rate this lens at. There have been some interface problems reported with the D7000 and the D7100 which I use along with my D800e's but so far I've not seen any of these effects. Close focus distance and extremely sharp at wide open make this one a winner for a variety the professional work I do. When it comes to cameras I will always be a Nikon buyer but not with glass. Best option get my money and the Sigma 17-50 won this time.

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