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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 235 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (155)
  • Consistent output (122)
  • Nice bokeh (107)
  • Strong construction (103)
  • Durable (84)

Cons

  • Heavy (32)
  • Blurry focus (19)
  • Slow focus (9)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • No full-time manual focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (173)
  • Landscape/scenery (146)
  • Weddings (127)
  • Night photography (87)
  • Sports/action (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (113), Semi-pro photographer (62), Casual photographer (17), Pro photographer (17), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (206), 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

yes

By Flash

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

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

Had this lens in Sony mount and it was so good got one for my Nikon D7100. Beats my two Nikon zooms.

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4.0

Solid lens, Great for video too

By Jeff

from Southeast Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

I needed a fast all-around lens for shooting video and stills on my Nikon D7200. The Sigma 17-50 is by far the best lens I've found. The bokeh is beautiful at f2.8 and if you stop down bit this lens is tack sharp.
The stabilization not only means you can hand hold for stills at lower shutter speeds but hand holding for video is also smooth and non-jittery.
The lens feels solid though much of the body is plastic. I rented this lens multiple times before buying and all the rental lenses were is very good shape. This leads me to believe that it is durable too.
I wish the focus ring was a little wider as it is bit hard to find in a hurry with my fat fingers. Attaching gears for a Follow Focus gave me pause as the adjustment screws dig into the soft rubber and underlying plastic of the focus ring. But when I removed the gears the focus ring showed no signs of damage.

Overall I would recommend this lens to anyone who needs a 25-70m (full frame equivalent) lens for either stills or video. I have no idea why Nikon or any of the other lens makers can't make a lens that is this good and this fast for anything approaching this price ... but I'm glad Sigma did.

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5.0

Perfect "everyday" lens

By Camera Guy

from Oak Park, Il

Verified Buyer

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

I put this purchase off for awhile but pulled the trigger when Sigma recently offered a substantial price reduction. I am a huge fan of Sigma lenses so I was thrilled to add this one to my collection. I frequently have occasion to use my camera in church where a flash would be distracting and inappropriate. The fast 2.8 aperture combined with image stabilization has proved to be a winning combination for me as it allows me to take pictures that would not be possible otherwise. This lens is a great match for my D90 and D5100 cameras though I actually prefer it on the D90. I will be traveling a bit this summer and expect to use this lens as my primary "walkabout" lens. It is a bit on the heavy side due to the very large front glass (77mm) but it feels well balanced in my had. So far, I am very pleased with the pictures that I am taking with this lens.

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5.0

Perfect lens for all shooting situations

By Nate

from Sulphur, LA

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

Perfect lens for my Nikon d7000. Zooms fast without any noise and produces very sharp images. I am very pleased with this lens as I have been wanting this for some time now. Definitely my go to lens now. This lens to me is perfect for every shooting situation. I Highly recommend this lens to anyone using a crop-sensored dslr.

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5.0

Great APS medium zoom

By Fotojoe

from Saratoga Springs NY

About Me Pro Photographer

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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
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Sharp and fast.....focus is fast too. Well built and OS is a bonus.
    Right now you can't beat the price. Using it on D500 and D7100

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    5.0

    Superb Buy and Value

    By TrustyA

    from Hatboro, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Candids
      • 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 use this lens as a general purpose lens when I wish not to swap lenses too frequently, and have been very pleased with the quality of general photos and candids it's yielded. In my lightest kit, I'll pack this on camera (D7100) with a 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor and a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro, but in general, I love to leave this lens on for many of my shots. At 17mm, the field of view is quite wide without the extreme elongation at the frame edges I get with my 12-28 (naturally)--perfect for people/pets in their environments, while at 50 (75mm equivalent), it's got a nice portrait look when opened wide. I've been pleased with sharpness, and have had no focusing issues whatsoever; there's been no need to AF fine-tune. The AF also kept up handily with my Aussie Shepherd running full tilt at six frames per second--something at which I've heard the similar Tamron 17-50 struggles. The OS (VR function in Nikon vernacular) doesn't knock my socks off, but I can see that it is benefiting me by perhaps two-three stops. My gut says it's not quite up to the latest Nikon VR I've experienced, but it's very welcome indeed.
      One aspect I love about this lens relative to my 35mm and 50mm primes is the close focusing. I can get really close and throw the background out to a degree I just can't with the f/1.8 lenses I've mentioned.
      At the price that's been offered recently, or even at the original price, my feeling is that this lens is a stellar value.
      A negative that doesn't warrant losing a star is that the focus and zoom rings on this Sigma run directly counter to the Nikon's. This aspect has slowed me down upon occasion, and does force me to remain conscious of the lens a bit more than my Nikkors and Tokinas.

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      4.0

      Excellent fast standard zoom with a quirky OS

      By wxJon

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good At All Focal Lengths
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharpness

      Cons

      • Chromatic Aberrations
      • No Full-time Manual Focus
      • Quirky O S System
      • Some Distortion

      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:

      At some point, many an aspiring photographer should consider an upgrade to the kit zoom bundled with entry-level DSLRs. To this end I recently purchased this lens as a fast standard zoom for my new camera, a Nikon D7200. At its current price, the 5-year-old Sigma is significantly less expensive than the comparable offering from Nikon, the 13-year-old 17-55/2.8 DX, and quite a bit less expensive than Canon's 17-55/2.8. So are its compromises worth the substantial savings? For a hobbyist photographer on a budget like myself, absolutely. Read on for more, or skip to the bottom for the conclusion.

      First, a quick list of major pros and cons.

      Pros
      - Excellent image sharpness even wide open at f/2.8
      - Sharpness maintained across the zoom range, notably at 50 mm
      - Vignetting reasonably controlled
      - Pleasing bokeh and "starburst" effect on nighttime city lights
      - Quality over versatile focal range covers landscapes to portraits on APS-C format
      - Autofocus much quicker and quieter than that of kit lenses like Nikon's 18-55
      - Decent build quality
      Cons
      - Quirky optical stabilization system
      - Pronounced chromatic aberrations
      - No full-time manual focus
      - Minor distortion often needs to be fixed in post-processing
      - Sample variability means calibration should be checked
      - Zoom ring rotates in opposite direction for Nikon shooters - and opposite to some other Sigma lenses too

      The good aspects of this lens have been covered quite well by other reviews, so here I want to provide some perspective on what it's like to deal with the compromises this lens makes in order to achieve its price point. So while what follows may seem generally negative, it's just because emphasis is placed on the weak points.

      The main point I want to make concerns the optical stabilization (OS) system, mainly because there has been so much discussion about it on various forums. The way that the OS works on this generation of Sigma lenses is somewhat confusing but really just odd. The OS system works by floating a lens element via electromagnetic means so that it can be moved in response to shaking of the camera. Sigma's implementation of the feature, however, unlike Nikon's, requires that this lens element be floated in position at all times, regardless of whether the user desires stabilization to be active. So, as is actually described in the user manual, the OS system kicks on when the camera is turned on (or the shutter half-pressed) regardless of the position of the OS switch. (At first I thought the lens just somehow ignored the switch entirely.) However, whether the lens element is actually floated to fix camera shake IS determined by the position of the switch. OS off = no compensation. Incidentally this behavior also explains why there is a rattling noise in the lens when the OS system is off: it's just the floating element that is loose.

      Now, there are a couple of issues here. First: some cameras with some copies of the lens would apparently misbehave – my copy of the lens was labeled as "compatible with Nikon D5300" and did not have that issue. I do experience a lengthening of the timers that are supposed to turn off the camera's screen in playback mode, however – this happens because the OS system stays on until after one minute of inactivity. Only a minor issue. Second is battery life: because the system is almost always on, one might expect a hit to battery life. I haven't noticed this at all, easily getting over half of the camera's rated shots on a single charge while using almost entirely live view and long exposures for landscapes. Lastly, landscape composition: the floating OS element is positioned when the system is turned on. This positioning actually moves the frame by as much as 5-10% in the vertical, which can have substantial impacts of the composition of a landscape shot on tripod. As long as one is aware of this, it's not a problem – just be sure to compose while the OS system is active.

      One final note about the OS: Sigma claims 4 stops of compensation. In my real-world use, it's usually only consistent for 1-2 stops of compensation based on the inverse-of-the-focal-length guideline. And in any case, OS on seems to almost always slightly degrade pixel-level sharpness (I'm a pixel-peeper), which isn't altogether surprising, but means that I prefer to leave it off unless it's necessary.

      Now just a few more comments... First, chromatic aberrations. In real world use, particularly for architecture, CA is quite pronounced even stopped down to f/8. In practice, it's not much of a problem because it is so easily removed in post-processing (one click in Lightroom). Longitudinal CA and purple fringing, which are harder to fix, are insignificant.

      Second, no full-time manual focus. This is the same as most kit zooms but seems a bit cheap here. In practice, it's probably not a deal-breaker for most users. I actually find that the lock engaged when the AF switch on the lens is turned on helps prevent me from accidentally moving my focus while doing manual tripod work. This last point is particularly important when you consider that the full turning length of the focus ring is incredibly short, at about 45 degrees.

      Third, minor distortion. It comes into play for me when shooting cityscapes, which emphasize any distortion. Easily fixed in Lightroom though.

      Fourth, calibration. My testing methodology for AF fine-tune is clearly flawed, but I ended up not needing to make any adjustment. I get good, consistent results on both the D7200 and my older D5100 (which has no AF fine-tune option). I do have a suspicion that the centering is very slightly off, so that the sharpness is slightly worse on one side of the frame than the other, but I have no substantial evidence to prove it and it does not show much in real-world use. On this note, just be sure to thoroughly test your sample before deciding to keep it or not. Sigma only offers a 1-year warranty in the United States.

      Lastly, a minor point but one that takes some getting used to, at least for Nikon shooters: the zoom ring rotates in the opposite direction. I'm mostly perplexed because the other Sigma zoom that I own, the 10-20/4-5.6, has the same direction of rotation as Nikon lenses.

      Conclusion

      If you can live with the minor shortcomings listed above, then the Sigma 17-50/2.8 is a fantastic lens. It produces excellent images across the range of focal lengths and apertures and is a joy to use knowing how good the results will be (and how little it cost!). For modern APS-C cameras with higher-resolution 24+ MP sensors which demand better glass, this lens is a perfect fit. It has a few too many minor faults for me to give it 5 stars, but none of them are critical and as such I easily recommend this lens.

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      4.0

      good!

      By Marshall

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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

      Good Bang for your buck!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Sharp Lens

      By Weekend Warrior

      from West Hartford, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      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:

      Used this lens as a walk around lens for all purpose photos.
      Zooming is smooth, lens zooms in the opposite direction of other lenses, but it's no big deal. After a few hundred photos you become custom to the lens.
      So far I'm not having a lot of success using this lens for sports. Panning and refocusing is resulting in out of focus shots.

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      1.0

      Initial Focus/Sharpness Problem -- Resolution Pending

      By Old Timer

      from Toledo, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

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

          This lens was purchased to mate with a Nikon D500 that is on order but whose release date has been delayed by Nikon. The lens is intended to supersede a Nikon kit lens of similar focal length range that came bundled with my D70 in 2004.
          While waiting for the D500, I tried the lens on my current Nikon D200 camera (which does not have live view or auto-focus fine tune capability). The lens does not auto-focus to produce a sharp image -- it is substantially less sharp than the 12 year old kit lens. Not just a little less sharp, but totally unacceptable - blurry.
          Sigma support has been helpful and says that until I can match it with the D500 and employ the D500's auto-focus fine tune procedure, it is too early to conclude whether the lens itself is defective or merely needs to be auto-focus adjusted to match the yet to be received camera.
          B&H has gone above and beyond the call of duty by extending the return date for the lens 'till 10 days beyond the date when I receive the D500 camera from them. And no one knows if that will be sooner or later.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens!

          By Angbloc3

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              This is my first purchase for a "big girl" lens and I love it. My Nikon kit lens was ok....but it is nothing like this one! The photos are so sharp and I have a much wider range. I'm really enjoying this purchase.

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              5.0

              Excellent lens!

              By Monito

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Great price, amazing quality.

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                  5.0

                  Love this lens

                  By Photo mom

                  from Elk Grove, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • 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 was intending to use this as an "extra" lens but I love it so much it has become my everyday. Sharpness and quality are great and it works well in a variety of situations. I am only an amateur but my photos have much improved by using this lens. Either in natural light or paired with an external flash my photos using this lens are beautiful!

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                    2.0

                    Not fully compatible with Nikon D7100, focus issue

                    By Bob in Ca

                    from Ca

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    Sigma needs to address the hardware_circuit board_issue on this lens. It's not fully compatible with the camera. Sigma should not tell users that it is camera's problem when they have to scroll one step at time to reviewing a photo. Also, the focus is a hit and miss as well. It's all related to the circuit board. It become very comfortable to use it.

                    I give 2 stars for its good optical performance.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Glass

                    By Donn

                    from Manila, the Philippines

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Got this yesterday to pair with my D7200 for travel and documentary work. Compact and lighweight, fast and accurate AF, and excellent overall image quality. Cost/performance ratio is quite impressive, IMHO..

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                      1.0

                      Buyer Beware Will Not Focus Correctly On My Nikon D7200

                      By DesertRatSGU

                      from St. George, Utah

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        This is my second review of this lens. On the first review I gave it 5 stars, Not Now! This lens seemed to be great but I soon found out that I couldn't achieve accurate focus on any of the out focus points on my d7200! The center focus point was perfect but the further from center I got the worse the focus got, so bad it was not correctable in post, not soft, completely out of focus. I returned the lens to B&H for an exchange and found the replacement lens had the same problem. After a lengthy discussion with Sigma I was told the problem was with my camera not the lens. I have not had this problem with any of my four Nikon lenses? This second copy is being returned to B&H for a refund. (I would like to thank B&H for their first rate service, they are fantastic!) This lens has a lot of potential but sadly wouldn't function properly on my D7200 and from what Sigma told me any copy I received would give me the same results.

                        Sigma did offer to calibrate it to the camera if I would send them both the lens and my camera, shipping and insurance one way at my expense. Unfortunately since that would activate the warranty and make it so I couldn't return it to B&H for a refund if they weren't able to correct the problem. I'm not convinced they could fix the problem so that wasn't much of an option!

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                        5.0

                        One of the best I had.

                        By Chris

                        from San Diego

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

                        The bests lens for events especially for group pictures on tight places then you can just zoom in for a little close up pictures. I love it.

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                        5.0

                        Great value for its price with Amazing photos

                        By PD

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

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

                          I replaced my kit lens (Nikon 18-105mm) with this, which was long due. Exceptional results in 20-45 mm range.
                          Very good build quality, this is my first Sigma C-series lens, and the quality of construction (whatever I can feel) is much better than the older 10-20mm I own.

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                          5.0

                          My Primary Tool

                          By PF_Flyer

                          from State College, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I wanted a high quality lens at a price that was worth the cost. My wish list has some really high priced lenses on it, but this lens from Sigma was a great addition to my gear. It's fast, produces high quality images, and I use it in so many situations that it's almost never off of my Nikon D60.

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                            4.0

                            Walk-around zoom

                            By Hobbyist Photog

                            from Nashville

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

                            I am generally a prime user, but for hiking and video work (since this has optical stabilization), it's a really decent piece of kit. The build quality good, and having a constant aperture of f/2.8 through the zoom is great for the price. The only major negative is that it isn't as sharp in the corners on the wide end.

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