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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 173 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (123)
  • Consistent output (94)
  • Nice bokeh (86)
  • Strong construction (84)
  • Durable (70)

Cons

  • Heavy (25)
  • Blurry focus (14)
  • Slow focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (140)
  • Landscape/scenery (118)
  • Weddings (107)
  • Night photography (68)
  • Sports/action (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (87), Semi-pro photographer (53), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (161), 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

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

Verified Buyer

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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      • No

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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

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        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

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            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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            • No

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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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              4.0

              Good and bad ... but mostly good ...

              By zanypoet

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Overall Sharpness

              Cons

              • No full-time manual focus
              • Only Decent At F28

              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:

              First of all, it is very annoying that the focus ring is next to the zoom ring and it rotates while in AF mode, catching my finger as it goes, because it does not have full-time manual override (Nikon lens does).

              Other than that, this is a very good lens for the price. With instant rebate, it was 1/3 the price of the Nikon version with 90% of the performance.

              There is some edge softness and vignetting at f/2.8 with noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end. Overall sharpness is excellent and the bokeh is decent and CA is really not an issue. It weighs 1/3 less than the Nikon counterpart and the build quality is very good; it feels solid and balances well on D7100. My copy back-focused a bit, requiring -8 setting in AF micro-adjustment setting. Once I adjusted the setting, it really locked in on the sharpness. The AF accuracy was excellent but AF speed seemed tad slower than Nikon.

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              5.0

              A great lens with great image quality

              By Toxictabasco

              from Nevada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Update for my last post. Normally I would use a UWA lens for landscapes. However the 17-50 is great for landscapes too. For the DX user the holy trinity of 3rd party lens' are Sigma 8-16mm, 17-50mm, and 50-150mm.

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                4.0

                Really great lens.........I love it!

                By Karen

                from Knoxville, Tennessee

                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

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

                I just recently bought this lens and I love it! My photos are nice and sharp, great depth of field. Looking forward to using this on vacation.

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                5.0

                One of the best upgrades from a kit lens

                By Toxictabasco

                from NV

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • 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 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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                4.0

                Good Lens

                By George

                from California

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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:

                      Very good for still photos. However AF is noisier and slower than Nikon 16-85mm, a concern when shooting video with audio. The lens is now manufactured with a switch to turn off the AF for manual focus, a benefit which isn't indicated in all of the official descriptions. Also, the AF does operate in Live View.

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                      4.0

                      great night shots

                      By nothern lights, artic circle

                      from northern lights, artic circle

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

                      Lens perfomed far above my expectations. Was used the first time capturing the northern lights near the artic circle by Fairbanks Alaska. Using a benro travel tripod & a remote wireless release, also bought from b&h, I was able to catch some great shots of the lights with long exposures on my Nikon d7000. This is even though the lights were not viewable to the untrained naked eye.

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                      5.0

                      A solid 3rd party lens

                      By Dan

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        I gave this lens as a gift with the Nikon D7100. It is such a great camera/lens combination. Light, sharp, quick to focus. The camera needed no adjusting in the auto focus fine tuning system.

                        I really don't like purchasing third party lenses and I was nervous about this purchase as well. But Nikon just doesn't offer an equivalent. The OS works well but subject movement doesn't always let you take full advantage of it. Yet I consider the OS a big plus.

                        I'm really glad I gave this lens (and D7100) to my brother. He let me shoot with it and it was so much fun and gave excellent images.

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                        5.0

                        Great!!!

                        By PJ

                        from Arlington, Washington

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Vary nice and clear

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                          • Yes

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent!!

                          By Patrick

                          from Omaha, NE

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            All I can say is this lens is incredible! Sharpness, color, contrast, focus speed, chromatic control, etc. Its excellent! and the price makes it a no brainer. Between the performance and and price its almost too good to be true. Its my new go-to lens. Love it!

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