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Sigma17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon
 
4.7

(based on 43 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Strong construction (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (20)

Cons

  • Lens creep (4)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (23)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (19)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Night photography (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So many things to like

There are so many things to like about this lens. I've been looking for a new walk around lens for a while and I did not have a huge budget. This lens fits the...Read complete review

There are so many things to like about this lens. I've been looking for a new walk around lens for a while and I did not have a huge budget. This lens fits the bill. Whenever, I use it, I keep saying to myself, "I really like this lens!" The lens is well made, does not feel cheap and is fairly light weight. Bokeh is amazing as well and depending on the situation, you can get some nice effects even at F5.6 which I was surprised at. I think my only slight criticism is that occasionally it can be a little slow to focus in tricky lighting or closeups but it's not a major compliant. I would highly recommend this if you can't afford L glass which was the case with myself.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for Photo not so Good for Video

It's a great overall, lightweight lens for photography, but not well suited for video applications, which was my primary reason why I bought this lens.
The HSM, Hyper Sonic Motor wasn't...Read complete review

It's a great overall, lightweight lens for photography, but not well suited for video applications, which was my primary reason why I bought this lens.
The HSM, Hyper Sonic Motor wasn't all that quiet and smooth in auto focusing on my Canon 70D. Also, I wish that auto focusing ring would be wider/bigger and smoother for better fine tune capabilities in manual focusing.

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5.0

Awesome Upgrade

By Karen C Photography

from Neptune City, NJ

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
    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I did a lot of research before choosing this lens and I'm so happy with my decision. Very versatile, fast and sharp. You can do beautiful venue shots with available light, it has macro capability and works well for portraits. Love it. If you are not able to foot the cost of a canon lens, this is a great option. A great match for my Canon 60D.

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    5.0

    A Great Upgrade

    By Karen C Photography

    from Neptune City, NJ

    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
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      A very happy match for my new Canon 60D body. I shot most of my last wedding with this lens. I spent a lot of time shopping on line. Ideally one might want a Canon lens, but third party lenses are a great way to go if you cant foot the price tag of a Canon Lens. I love this lens, its wide enough for venue shots, fast enough for great quality images in low light and works well for portraits. High quality lens. I am very pleased with the results and more importantly, so is my client.

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      4.0

      Good improvement over similar Canon lens

      By Marko

      from Silverton, Colorado

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I matched this lens with my Canon 60D. I have been using this lens for the past couple months for landscape and wildlife photos in S. W. Colorado. So far, I really like the color that I get in my photos. The only problem, which is slight, is the focus at 70mm. Some photos are just not clear. However, his may be an issue with the lighting I work with here in the mountains or settings I use and not the lens. I have to work on this. I am not a pro nor can I use fancy language as others to describe this lens. I can just say I like better vs my Canon lens.

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      5.0

      Amazing lens!

      By Killakyle

      from Pacific Northwest

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

      Great lens, makes a world of difference compared to the stock lens that came with my camera!

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      5.0

      A Perfect "Workhorse Lens."

      By Roger Peterson Underwater Photographics

      from Maple Grove, MN

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        The Sigma 17-70 is one outstanding lens. My primary use for the 17-70 is for underwater use used in freshwater situations as well as salt water. This has become my "workhorse" lens because of the great image quality, close focal length of 8.5 inches & it's Macro capabilities. This Sigma lens fills a need where a wide angle lens is just to large of a total viewing area for smaller subjects found and the macro capabilities are outstanding as well. The only thing that I don't like about the lens is....absolutely nothing. The images are extremely sharp. The auto focus is very fast & accurate. There is no lens creep due to the rugged construction. The construction of the lens is far superior when I have compared anything made by Nikon or Canon.

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        5.0

        Love this lens!

        By Stefka

        from Edmonton, Alberta

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this product for nature & landscapes and portraits. It's super versatile and has that macro feature which I love. not-to-mention, it's an F2.8 lens so it's quick and great in low light conditions.

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          5.0

          17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens

          By Rob

          from Winchester, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Picture quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outside
          • Walk-around lens

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

          Solid construction with an elegant look. Probably not a professional quality lens, but its not far off (being fixed at 2.8 throughout the zoom range would be awesome). Super quiet, super quick focusing. The business end is very large at 72mm, it kind of throws you off at first, but you will get used to it. I've only had it for about a month, but its been a great replacement for my 18-55 kit lens and I don't see a need for anything else in this focal range (other than prime lens). This is my second Sigma lens and I'm very satisfied with what they did with this model. It's worth your consideration at this price point if you are looking at this focal length, especially with that aperture.

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          5.0

          Sigma 17-70 f2.8 C - Nice Lens

          By Cush

          from Orange County, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great "All Purpose" lens (Indoor and Outside).

              Have a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 which I use for shooting Friday Night Football games. Love it.

              *Note: just be careful when purchasing. There are several different versions (more improved with each new release). Make sure you know which version you are buying.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By lens man

              from Treasure Coast Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I have a 70-200mm canon 2.8 lens, and this lens is a great partner. I have used this lens a couple of time since I bought the lens, and I am very please with the quality. I used it at night with some flowers and also use it at car show and I am please with the lens. Great, quality and clarity.

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                4.0

                Inexperienced photographer, nice photos

                By Kimo the Shopkeeper

                from New York, New York

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Helps me take nice product photos of merchandise in my shop. The zoom feature makes it easier to get-in close to my subject with a minimum of physical contortion. I'm very happy with this purchase

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                  5.0

                  Fabulous lens

                  By Jedi

                  from Philadelphia, Pa.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 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 Canon:

                    A great value. I shoot landscape a lot and this lens produces very little lens distortion at the wide angle. It's fast aperture allows me to get the backgroud blur that I desire in portraits and the macro is banging. I get all of this versatility in one high quality lens and at a great price. I love it.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent crop censor lens!

                    By Fog

                    from Bronx, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep
                    • Weak Casing

                    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 Canon:

                    I shoot a lot of sweet 16's, barmitzvahs and other indoor events. I need a versatile, lens that focuses quickly in low-light and plays well with a flash. I was working with a 24-70 2.8 on my 5D classic but when I bought a 7D, I needed something wider. This lens is perfect! Every once-in-a-while I throw on the old 24-70, but I prefer this lens. It is sharp, fast and good. This really is the perfect mid-range lens for a crop sensor camera!

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                    5.0

                    What a lens. A dream for novice and spro

                    By Soap

                    from NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I did not buy from B&H only because its available for a lot less (Sorry B&H Welcome to America) and 3 days delivery . Bought direct from Japan. This lens is awesome in low light, great with video, solid and super sharp picture. I am a novice and compared to my kit lens this is a big improvement. The lens cap is garbage and falls off, that is the only thing I can find wrong with this lens.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding Glass

                      By Jersey Jim

                      from Cape May, NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • 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 Canon:

                        I bought this lens for First Holy Communion pictures in church with low light. Pictures came our great with NO flash with Canon T3I. Also used it for taking sunsets and I was blown away with the colors and NO flares. I love this lens, and the price was good too.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens!

                        By Tim h

                        from New york

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

                        I had been looking at this lens and wanting to get one for a while and finally went and bought it. So happy I did. Went to a garden show over the weekend and got some really beautiful shots. Tack sharp images, fast autofocus, good OS. Took some shots of my grandson in low light situation and was very pleased with results since this is one of the resons I purchased this lens. Would definately recommend this as a step up from a kit lens.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens!

                        By Marco

                        from MONTREAL,QUEBEC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Using this on my Nikon D7100. I must say I shot a wedding with it. I got fantastic results! also used it for video. its not made for fast/quiet autofocus in video (no swm) but if shoots great video as well. for the price its so worth it. Fast autofocus for pics. you can spend 900-1300 $ on a lens but the difference is not worth that extra 500-700$+ in my opinion. you get your bang for your buck

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                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By cpsilvito

                          from boston, ma

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Lens Creep

                          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 Canon:

                          I began to upgrade my equipment and needed a non-prime lens. I had purchased a used 30mm ex and fell in love with sigma. I read a lot about this lens and it was a toss up between the canon 17-40 or this one. I chose this lens and instantly fell in love although there is a little lens creep. Pictures are sharp and i mean sharp. I do a lot of night photography and althoug there is slight flare its easly edited. Over all this is my everyday lens.
                          Other lenses sigma 30mm, canon 50mm, lens baby spark.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens!

                          By Jenny in Tennessee

                          from Dyersburg, TN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography

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

                            I bought this lens to be a walk around, general lens. I used it to take some portraits and loved it. The low light capability is a big step up from the kit lens. The macro is also a very nice to feature to have. I am very satisfied with this purchase.

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                            5.0

                            Very impressed !!

                            By 7D lover

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Just got this lens for my Canon 7D. I had the older version which I never liked. This lens is about 1/3 smaller than the older version and has a much nicer finish, and just like many of the reviews here say it does take better quality images. The image stabilization seems to work better too. I tried the lens hood out immediately due to other reviewers complaints. The hood works fine,,,does not feel loose or wobble like some people have reported. It doesn't feel quite as tight and secure as my older Sigma 30mm hood, but I think Sigma actually improved it by making it smoother to take on and off the lens (in other words, when you 'lock' on the hood to the lens with the clicking sound you don't have to wrench the lens to try to take it off). All I can think of is that maybe one of the other reviewers didn't know you have to rotate the lens hood until it 'clicks' onto it's final position. You can lightly hit it, bump it and it doesn't move at all. If you threw it at a wall or dropped it very badly the thing might fly off but you should be babying this lens anyway,,it's that nice. A '5 star' improvement over the older version !!!

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                                5.0

                                Great

                                By ZA guy

                                from Wolfeboro, NH

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action

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

                                  Great solid lens, replaced kit lens.

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