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Sigma17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Strong construction (12)
  • Nice bokeh (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Low light (15)
    • Macro photography (15)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Night photography (10)
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    5.0

    Better than what I expected

    By Veecho

    from Isb

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      A week back I got this lens and carriedout some low light and night shots both outdoor/ indoor with my Nikon D7000; the performance was more than expected. However, when it comes to portrait I would suggest to go for big aperture like f/1.8 and offcourse that would cost more. OS and HSM is really outstanding though I experienced AF stuck at some stage but later it worked fine. Overall a best lens for entry or enthusiast level.

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      5.0

      Very good lens!

      By john

      from Qc, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Macro

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

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

        The macro capability of that lens is quite good. If you need a short focus distance, wide angle and a standard zoom range, this lens have it all. I did not find a nikon lens with all that.

        Previous version of that lens were not very durable under rough condition (humidity, dirt, impact). I hope this one would be better.

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        4.0

        Very Good…but Not a Keeper

        By David-eye

        from Texas Hill Country

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        Pros

        • Good IQ
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Limited range

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Walk-around

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

        For the price range and the catagory, this is a well considered lens. It is a bit faster than a mid-range kit lens and the build quality is on a high level. The only problem, especially for Nikon users is the availability of the 18-105 VR lens. At the same focal lengths and f stops, the Nikon either matches, or betters this Sigma and has the extra 50mm (in DX terms) reach which makes it much more versatile and useful as an all-purpose mid-range lens and because of it's kit-lens status, the Nikon lens can be purchased used in premium condition for ½ the cost of the Sigma. I purchased both lenses at the same time and put them through real world comparative tests and the Sigma was returned. Once again the Sigma is a very good lens, but for me, the Nikon won the race.

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        4.0

        Really digging this lens

        By M-Dawg

        from Chicago

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

        Just picked this lens up and I must say I'm very impressed with it. The end.

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        5.0

        Tack sharp. Macro convenience.

        By Eagle77

        from Rochester, New York

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

        I have the Nikon D3200 dSLR with 24Meg pix APS-C sensor. With my lens, it has a snug fit to camera body. Sharpness is well within my expectations. The outer filter ring does block slightly the focus bright light on the camera body. having the macro function is a big plus. The company is very proud of their made in Japan designation.

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        5.0

        A good general purpose lens

        By Norm

        from Loveland. OH

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I was attracted to the Sigma 17-70mm by its f2.8-4 aperture range and several positive reviews. I have used the lens with my Nikon D7100 and D3200. The lens is sharper than both the 18-55mm and 16-85mm Nikkors. The zoom ring is very smooth and shows no sign of creeping with the lens pointed up or down. The focus ring does rotate when auto-focusing but this has not caused any problems. The lens focuses extremely close, down to 8.6". With the lens zoomed out 70mm and focused at 7.2" there is only about 1.5" from the front of the lens and the subject, making difficult to light the subject.
          Overall it is an excellent lens.

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          5.0

          A fine 'walk around' lens

          By Kent

          from Indianapolis, IN

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

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

            I recently took stock of my gear and decided that given a couple of upcoming trips where I wouldn't care to lug around my whole bag, that I would reconsider my 'walk around' lens. For a number of years that's been a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom. It's a fine lens and I have no truly serious complaints about it. However, it is heavy and does suffer from barrel creep and like a lot of lenses, the hood wants to come off.I also recognized that I rarely used it fully zoomed and also that I did occassionally have some interest in doing macro photography. So, considering these needs I reviewed available walk around zoom lenses for my Nikon D90 and decided to give the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro a try. I typically like to shoot nature close ups, landscapes and will be doing urban architecture with it on an upcoming trip and find that so far, it provides a nice balance of functions.Focusing is smooth, rapid and precise as well as being very quiet. Unlike the reports of other users, I have not experienced the reported fuzzy edges or barrelling effects in my limited use.It seems sturdy and well constructed. The lens hood snaps on preventing it from coming off when you have the camera slung lens down (as I often do) and it does not seem to suffer from lens creep.Also it doesn't seem to get lens barrel shadowing when shot using the pop up flash on the camera (something I rarely do).All in all, a good purchase and I would recommend it to other photo enthusiast types. I've attached two images; a hibiscus bloom shot at 2.8 at 17mm from about 3 inches, and a sundown shot, f10 at 50mm.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By hoof

            from Kenmore, WA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This lens replaced my Nikon 16-85mm and my Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC. Both of those lenses had an annoying property where they required different autofocus adjustment settings for the extremes of the zoom range. Adjusting for 16mm meant 85mm was just out of focus, for example. The USB dock with this Sigma ensures that this lens won't have this issue, if it does, it's easily fixable.

              What point is having sharp optics if you can't get your subject in sharp focus every time?

              Optically this lens is as good or better than both of those lenses. Sharp to the edge across all focal lengths, except maybe the corners wide open at 17mm. Even then, this Sigma is as good or better than those two lenses (especially the Tamron). Unlike my 16-85mm I have no hesitation to use this lens wide open. Be sure to use a RAW converter that can properly correct lateral chromatic aberration (like Lightroom 5)

              Fantastic lens. Couldn't be happier. Wanted to fix my AF issue, and ended up with a better lens. Great match with the Nikon D7100's high resolution & acuity.

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              4.0

              Feels great - Good image quality

              By 9-volt

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this lens as my general walkabout on my D5100. I primarily shoot architecture and nature, so focal range works well for me. It has a nice weight and feel to the components. The fairly tight action on the zoom, which I like, gives a nice feeling of control.

              The macro (+/- 9") and fast f/2.8 make it a great overall versatile lens. Good sharp image quality, not fantastic, but good for the price. Autofocus is reasonably fast. No vignetting, but focus can go a little soft around the edges sometimes. Bokeh seems fine to me, although other reviews seem to complain about it.

              The OS optical stabilizer is not all that amazing. I've only done a handful of tests so far but I'm not seeing 4 stops reduction in shake. Overall very pleased with investment.

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              5.0

              Replaced my nikon 16-85 with this!

              By MsStephe

              from Atlanta GA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This has become my main walk around lens. The extra stop in speed allows enough selective focus for nice portraits at 70mm plus focuses close enough to cover the flowers etc. I couldn't do this with the 16-85 nikon. It seems sharp all the way to the corners, even at 17mm which some reviews claim it isn't. I'm highly pleased with the performance and usefullness of this lens!

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                5.0

                Great general purpose lens

                By Yo

                from Park Rapids, MN & Manzanillo, Mexico

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I was looking for a step-up lens from a kit lens. I researched various sources and came to rely on DXOMark. While kit lenses are rated 9-11 of 40 points, this lens scored 16-17. I have had the lens for a couple of months and it has exceeded my expectation. The images are very sharp, the stabilization effective and the focal lengths very useable. It has become my "go-to" lens.

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                  5.0

                  17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Nikon lens

                  By Ilovephotography

                  from Central Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  The lens arrived quickly and it is exactly as advertised. I am really enjoying using this lens.

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                  4.0

                  Incredibly versatile

                  By Dumeril Seven

                  from Houston, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Low light performance
                  • Macro Capabilities
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sharpness Except Wide
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Versatile
                  • Very Sharp Except At 17mm

                  Cons

                  • Macro Working Distance
                  • Soft edges at 17mm

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  First thing you notice is that this is a pretty lens. Sigma's re-design is elegant and understated; it's very attractive in my opinion. The fit, finish, and materials are all excellent, especially at this price point. This is the sort of product that can give plastic a good name. The action of the turning rings and switches feels precise and controlled. In terms of ergonomics, the only complaints I have are that the zoom ring is a little stiff (over-dampened), and the auto-focus rotates the focus ring and my fingers sometimes feel it move if I'm not careful about placement.

                  For versatility, the 17-70 is a home run. The ideal walk-around lens. It's very sharp across most of its range. With a relatively fast max aperture and optical stabilization, it handles low light situations extremely well. The auto-focus is fast, accurate, and very decisive. The bokeh is a very pleasant surprise; that, coupled with the focal length range, enables the 17-70 to do admirable portraiture. BTW, don't let anybody tell you differently: you'll have no problem generating background blur with f/4 at 70mm.

                  The lens is wide enough to capture decent landscapes, but this is probably the weakest part of the 17-70's repertoire. Why? Because as mentioned by others, the edges get a little soft at 17mm (up to around 20mm) and stopping down doesn't help very much. It's not horrible; in fact, in my opinion, it's at least as good as the kit lenses the Sigma will replace for most buyers. But compared to the end-to-end sharpness in the middle part of its focal length range, which is superb, it's a noticeable fall-off. For critical landscape work, I'd probably reach for another lens. This is the only thing keeping me from giving this lens 5 stars.

                  The macro capability is a really nice bonus. I think it's great for "casual" macro work -- close-up photos of flowers, coins, jewelry, and such. But the minimum focusing distance combined with the reduced magnification at 70mm from lens breathing, means that your working distance with this lens is extremely small. Small enought to create lighting problems and scare off tiny critters you're trying to shoot. If I were doing "serious" macro work I'd want a more serious macro lens, but for just dabbling with it like I do, this is great.

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                  5.0

                  Just what I hoped for!

                  By TTownpops

                  from San Diego

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

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

                    Has become my primary walk-around lens. Love the size and weight. And it has great focal length range for most of my pursuits. Recent twilight/night photo shoot produced very sharp images. Still exploring its capabilities.

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                    4.0

                    Great Walk Around Lens!

                    By GC_NYC

                    from NYC

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Great walk around lens for the D7100! Not heavy, great images.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By mickklass

                      from Tacoma, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This is a great short/medium zoom for APS-C sensor cameras. Fast and sharp. IT is also small and light making it excellent for travel and walk-around. Pair it with a good 70-300 lens and you have a great combo.

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                        4.0

                        Effective, but not without shortcomings.

                        By DavidWegs

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Softer Sides At 17mm Fl

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        General purpose lens for crop sensor walk about. Offering a good range (albeit less than the Nikon 16-85) with excellent sharpness, resolution and color in the center of the image at all FL's. However, on the wider end of things, you cannot get rid of slightly softer sides, even at F9-F11 (the sweet spot for the 17 - 20mm focal lengths).

                        Better sharpness in the center and intermediate areas that even the 17-55 Nikon.

                        The macro is good too, offering some creative freedom that the Nikon does not offer.

                        Unlike most Sigma lenses I have owned (about 20), this is the first to hit focus on just about every shot. AF is fast and silent (nearly), and the OS offers great handhold ability when needed.

                        Overall conclusion then: Someone coming from the Nikon 16-85 will find this a good step up IMO, and even from the Nikon 17-55/2.8 it offers some performance benefits.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing!

                        By jamil

                        from Kuwait

                        About Me Photography Student

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This lens is absolutely wonderful, i love it. The build quality is really good. Zooming is really smooth. Focusing speed is quite fast considering i have a d3100. I can't really think of a flaw for this lens. It's perfect for it's price range and it's fairly light.

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                          4.0

                          Great Substitute for a Kit Lens

                          By Hunt

                          from Moline, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I bought this lens for use on a Nikon 5200 purchased for my granddaughter. I much prefer it to the standard 5200 kit lens. Build quality is much greater, zoom range is larger, the aperture is bigger and it has image stabilization. I'm quite pleased with the image quality of this lens and would recommend it to the beginning DSLR photographer.

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                            4.0

                            1ST Sigma Lens

                            By Larry

                            from Saint Albans, WV

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                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Being a Nikon person with only Nikon products this was my 1st venture into the Sigma product line. I have only had the lens about 2 weeks but I am extremely happy with the results so far. I am using a Nikon D7000.

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