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

(based on 61 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Consistent output (32)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Strong construction (30)
  • Easily interchangeable (26)

Cons

  • Lens creep (4)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (36)
  • Macro photography (29)
  • Low light (27)
  • Weddings (26)
  • Night photography (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), Yes (3)

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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Meh

I love my Sigma 18-35 1.8, but I wanted something with more range, that was still wide. I figured I would try this 17-70. It's not an ART lens, but...Read complete review

I love my Sigma 18-35 1.8, but I wanted something with more range, that was still wide. I figured I would try this 17-70. It's not an ART lens, but I knew that, and I knew it was 2.8-4. However I though that it would stop down naturally when zooming, like with my video camera, instead it's like digital hard stops. Now I'm often just reframing, but this is still jilting, and also it sometimes seemed the camera was trying to compensate for this, even though I was in manual mode. I just figured it would be a loss of light while zooming in, but I almost wonder if this thing could be 2.8 all the way, except for whatever communication it has with the camera that makes it stop down to 4 on the long end. Conspiracy theories aside, this lens has a great range for an APS-C camera. I used it on my 70d and 60d. Images are sharp, colors look great. It's not full time manual, meaning you can't try to adjust focus when it's AutoFocus mode, it makes a noise if you try. I can do this with my 18-35 though, without breaking it.I really got this for video, although for stills it would be great too. I just needed a way to cover more range without having to constantly switch lenses and possibly miss shots. I just can't get past f4, at least not on the 70d, and if I was stuck at f4 and down, I would probably get the 24-105 Sigmaa. This lens worked pretty well, but I definitely found myself using a 2.8 lens more, especially for indoor work, or of course the 1.8 18-35 Sigma. If you keep your work stopped below f4 anyway, this might be a great lens, but just expecting more from Sigma at this point. Why not fixed at 3.2 or something?? That I could buy into as an Art lens.

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4.0

One Of My Favorite Lenses

By MNPhotos

from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Great Closeup Feature
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • No full time manual focus

Best Uses

  • Closeup photography
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

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

I love this lens. I got it for indoor family gatherings and as a walk-around lens. It fulfills both needs quite nicely. It has a really nice closeup feature. Takes great closeup flower picture. They'll have to pry this one from my cold, dead hands. My only minor complaint is that I wish it had full time manual focusing. Then I'd give it 5 stars. If I could, I'd give it 4.5 stars right now but that's not possible.

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4.0

Great lens for the money!

By gkuep1945

from Live Oak, FL

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction
  • Very Sharp

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 Canon:

    Has more range of zoom than a straight f/2.8 lens but costs much less! All photos I have taken are crisp and sharp! Much better than the normal kit lens. Coupled with a 70-200mm zoom gives a great range for most of my photography. This has been a very wise decision to purchase!

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    5.0

    From There To Near

    By Fats

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

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

      I use this lens as an all purpose, walk around lens. It is a relatively light lens yet performs a macro function well and the same goes for the wide angle, medium and portrait lengths. I bought this lens for these things and the only complaint I can think of is blaming it for not being something I didn't ask for when I made the purchase, such as a longer lens.

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      5.0

      Versatile Utility Player

      By Matty Cleveland

      from Shaker Heights, OH

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      Extremely versatile lens that takes the place of kit lenses. I found this lens to be very sharp. The macro capabilities work well. The reach of the zoom and the aperture range work exceedingly well for various forms of photography. This really is a great all-around lens. Very pleased with this purchase.

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      5.0

      Excellent wedding lens

      By Nate in Maine

      from Portland, ME

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      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:

        This is the third version of this lens I have purchased to use when photographing weddings. A great lens in low light, especially with optical stabilization. Good zoom range for groups and general candids. And this lens is a full stop faster than the Canon version.

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        5.0

        An excellent lens

        By Edwin

        from Puerto Rico

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Video

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

          Before buying this Sigma lens I used normally as every day use a Tamron 18-270. Now I prefer the Sigma 17-70. I like the sharpness on pictures and the macro photos.

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          5.0

          great lens

          By sean

          from Philadelphia pa

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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
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            my everyday walk around lens and its outstanding

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            3.0

            Not Good Wide Open

            By SDL/Jaguar Images

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I shoot a lot of sports and school events. Doing group shots and trying to keep mom and her phone camera out of the frame was always an issue, so when my old 28-70/2.8 was stolen I replaced it with this lens. I felt that the extra zoom range on the wide end would more than compensate for losing one stop of light on the long end. Unfortunately, what I found I was actually giving up was 2-3 stops across the whole zoom range because this lens is just not acceptably sharp until it's stopped down to f8 (f5.6 if you only care about the center of the frame). I kept the lens because the zoom range really is very convenient and the image quality is fine when I'm shooting in daylight or able to use flash and thus stay around f8-f11, but if you need to shoot wide open for lighting or depth of field reasons, look elsewhere.
                  This is a significant upgrade over kit lenses, and I have recommended it to people on that basis. Just don't expect pro quality wide open.

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                  5.0

                  For Canon T3i

                  By Nakamura

                  from CA

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                  Pros

                  • Rugged
                  • 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:

                    It's a replacement for the EF-S 18-55 kit lens that came with my camera 7 years ago. I received it 2 days before my son's 8th Grade Graduation. I ordered it with a Hoya 72mm UV filter. I shot about 120 photos. The photos are real sharp indoors and outdoors. I got about 4 photos that showed vignetting, it may be due to the Flash or it may also be from the UV filter. You may have to remove the lens hood on certain shots depending on the angle the light strikes the front of the lens. At 17mm, I was able to cover about 30 people; I was 4-5 feet from the first row. It's definitely a good lens in events, it has just the right, yet useful range. I have yet to try shooting landscapes and architectures and I'm sure it'll do just fine. The lens hood came off a couple of times whenever it autofocused. Install the lens hood correctly by switching the AF/MF switch to MF, hold the lens so it won't turn while screwing in the hood until it clicks or the horizontal line on the hood aligns with the horizontal line on the lens. The lens cap tends to pop off, too. Other than this, I'm very happy with this lens. It's built like a tank, yet not as hefty, it's definitely a vast upgrade from the kit lens. This is the second lens I ordered from B&H, they have excellent customer support.

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                    5.0

                    Dont regret buying this lens!

                    By RMS

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      So, I was looking for a 2.8 lens and had a photographer friend tell me about this Sigma 17-70. I was iffy about buying a non Canon lens (yes, I am THAT guy) but I couldnt beat the price. My thought process was, that I could buy this for the good price and if I liked it I would sell it and get something similar from Canon. Well, after the first weekend of shooting with it I was blown away with the quality and the fact that it has the same direction rotational zoom as my Canon lenses!

                      I shoot motorsports events, moving cars and beautiful restored muscle cars and hot rods at car shows. The details in these cars and thousands-of-dollar paint jobs are key to bring to life with pictures. I left it on all weekend at my first event with the lens and was very happy with it! I have it on my Canon 50D and its going to be hard to take it off and put another lens on from here on out.

                      DO NOT hesitate when looking into this lens, it is sharp and easy to use. Well worth the money. IF i HAD to say 1 downfall it is that when im rapid shooting with it (as a car races past me) there will be 1-2 blurry images from the 7-10 shots taken...that is the only downfall I noticed but with so many shots taken it is easy to delete the few blurry ones and keep the good ones.

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                      5.0

                      Sharp and fast!

                      By Shortybiscuit

                      from Brooklyn, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • 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 only recently got this lens. I bought it to use for event photography, though I've not used it for that yet. I've used it for long exposure night photography, landscapes as well as portraiture. The lens worked flawlessly. Focuses quickly as well as it has a very nice and smooth bokeh. The colors and contrast in the photos are better than expected.

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                        5.0

                        Great replacement lens for Kit lens

                        By Feraa

                        from Bel Air, Maryland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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 Canon:

                          Great replacement lens for Kit lens

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                          5.0

                          Excellent General Purpose Lens

                          By TomC

                          from Montgomery, AL

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Flowers
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Pets
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            This lens represents a nice compromise of speed, range, and weight, while being very sharp and affordable. It balances well on a T3i and the image stabilization is effective.

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                            5.0

                            17-70 walk around lens

                            By Budd

                            from Michigan

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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:

                                This is a great walk around lens, nice and light and easy to store. Nice for vacation shooting and portraits.

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Great Sigma Lens

                                By Lancastter Photoman 50

                                from Lancaster PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  Great lens. Very fast focus and quiet motor. Optics are outstanding. I use this lens for outdoor nature shots. It produces outstanding images.

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                                  5.0

                                  This lens is legit

                                  By Panuck

                                  from Los Angeles

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

                                  I am extremely pleased with this lens, especially for the cost. I've had great shooting experiences already with it, and I would recommend it to others who want a high quality, affordable lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Nice alternative to the Canon lens

                                  By Joel

                                  from Park Ridge, NJ

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    A sharp quick focusing len. This lens seem well made. It also comes with the lens hood which the Canon lens doesn't...

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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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                                        3.0

                                        Meh

                                        By epthedp

                                        from Old Bridge NJ

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor in Low Light

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          I love my Sigma 18-35 1.8, but I wanted something with more range, that was still wide. I figured I would try this 17-70. It's not an ART lens, but I knew that, and I knew it was 2.8-4. However I though that it would stop down naturally when zooming, like with my video camera, instead it's like digital hard stops. Now I'm often just reframing, but this is still jilting, and also it sometimes seemed the camera was trying to compensate for this, even though I was in manual mode. I just figured it would be a loss of light while zooming in, but I almost wonder if this thing could be 2.8 all the way, except for whatever communication it has with the camera that makes it stop down to 4 on the long end. Conspiracy theories aside, this lens has a great range for an APS-C camera. I used it on my 70d and 60d. Images are sharp, colors look great. It's not full time manual, meaning you can't try to adjust focus when it's AutoFocus mode, it makes a noise if you try. I can do this with my 18-35 though, without breaking it.I really got this for video, although for stills it would be great too. I just needed a way to cover more range without having to constantly switch lenses and possibly miss shots. I just can't get past f4, at least not on the 70d, and if I was stuck at f4 and down, I would probably get the 24-105 Sigmaa. This lens worked pretty well, but I definitely found myself using a 2.8 lens more, especially for indoor work, or of course the 1.8 18-35 Sigma. If you keep your work stopped below f4 anyway, this might be a great lens, but just expecting more from Sigma at this point. Why not fixed at 3.2 or something?? That I could buy into as an Art lens.

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