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

(based on 48 reviews)

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    (36)

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    (10)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Strong construction (22)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)

Cons

  • Lens creep (4)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Macro photography (23)
  • Low light (20)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Night photography (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

17-70 walk around lens

By Budd

from Michigan

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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

      Verified Buyer

      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

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

              Verified Buyer

              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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                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

                Verified Buyer

                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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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