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Sigma17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
  • Strong construction (46)
  • Consistent output (44)
  • Easily interchangeable (33)
  • Durable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Lens creep (6)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Inconsistent focus (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Macro photography (38)
  • Low light (35)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Night photography (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile lens

The Sigma 17-70 mm f/2.8-4 DC macro zoom lens with HSM is a nice lens choice for making good photographic images in the normal range of focal lengths (17- 70...Read complete review

The Sigma 17-70 mm f/2.8-4 DC macro zoom lens with HSM is a nice lens choice for making good photographic images in the normal range of focal lengths (17- 70 mm). I wanted a normal zoom lens that was at least one f-stop faster than the Nikon kit lens and the Nikkor alternatives are too pricey for my budget. Before purchasing this Sigma lens I struggled with the decision to spend additional money for Sigma's 17 – 50 mm f/2.8 lens, or this lens. They are both nice lenses and I made my decision after I realized that there is only a 2/3 f-stop penalty at 50 mm, no penalty at 17mm, and with this lens you get a wider zoom range. I have only owned the lens for two weeks and so far I don't regret buying a Sigma 17-70 mm f/2.8-4 lens. It takes nice photos, focuses fast, and has optical stabilization. Now for a few minor annoyances and these are minor because overall Sigma makes nice, easy to use lenses. The lens is heavy, it does not have a lens mounting gasket, and the zoom ring is stiff while the manual focus ring is touchy. One other annoyance, for some reason the lens metadata shows that optical stabilization is turned on regardless of the lens OS switch position. Optical stabilization seems to be working correctly though and all other lens metadata seems correct. I hope this snapshot of information helps you decide whether this lens would be right for you. I expect to get many years of nice photos from mine. Cheers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good lens for the money

I use this lens for simple product shots for online sales. It seems to has everything needed to fulfill my needs. The construction is solid, the images are sharp and there is a...Read complete review

I use this lens for simple product shots for online sales. It seems to has everything needed to fulfill my needs. The construction is solid, the images are sharp and there is a nice weight and feel to the lens. The only problem that I noticed and I'm still investigating if its the lens or something camera related - it has a hard time finding a focus on auto-focus (not good). Otherwise, its great for the money.

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5.0

Awesome!

By Starrn1

from Detroit MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography

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

This is a great all around lens. The 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C is lighter but I really didn't have a problem with the weight.

I used this lens right out of the box to photo an event. Photos turned out awesome and were used in a newspaper article about the event.

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4.0

Really nice lens even with the low cost.

By Rodrigo Sagrero

from Mérida, MX.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Add Weight To Camera
  • Heavy
  • Inverted Zoom And Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

- really nice using it on video mode, great angle vision.
- in photography very versatile on the run.
- Great deep of field
- the macro function is good for some small details when don have a close up filter or a macro lens.
with the 2.8 can push up a little more the settings.

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5.0

Very impressed

By SWL

from Honolulu, Hawaii

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lens Hood Is Not The Best

Best Uses

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

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

After reading quite a few reviews of this lens I took a chance and ordered one. I had to overcome a longstanding prejudice against Sigma lenses. However, after uploading the photos I took yesterday I was immediately impressed with the clarity, contrast and sharpness of the images. This lens is well worth the price. The cost was less than what it would have cost me to recalibrate my Nikon 2.8 lens. I'm very pleased and will probably leave it on my Nikon body 90 percent of the time.

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3.0

Focus problem

By webyolo

from LA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

First of all, I must say great customer service by B & H. I received the product exactly on time and as described. But the lens had a lot of difficulty focusing in all settings and situations. I have it paired with Nikon D7000. It would jiggle back and forth not able to lock in. I live in LA but happened to have a business trip to NY so I contacted them to see if I can bring it and exchange for a new one. No problem I was told. When I got there they agreed and exchanged with a new one. Amazingly, the new one had the same problem. They recommended that I take it to the Nikon specialist counter upstairs, who agreed that it was faulty. Two in a row! Because of all the positive reviews and great price due to rebate, I wanted to give it one more try. Again they promptly exchanged with a new one. This one's focusing was smooth, precise, and fast. What a difference. I have read other reviews about the focusing problems paired with a Nikon. If you experience this problem don't hesitate to return it and exchange it. I haven't done an extensive test so won't comment on it. One thing to note is that it's large and heavy.

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5.0

THIS LENS IS VERY GOOD

By Photo John

from Brockport , NEW YORK

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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 Digital Cameras:

    Only used it a few time but worked very well for me

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    4.0

    Very good for the money

    By JT

    from north carolina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        Good apature and zoom range. The first one I received did not auto focus correctly, however B&H quickly exchanged it and the second one works fine. The only negatives I would say are the reversed opperation of the zoom ring compaired to Nikon and apparent lack of quallity control. I have the Nikon 18-200 and wanted a lens with a little more speed. I found that most of my pictures were taken in the wider ranges (mostly landscape) and the Sigma gives you a little more at the wide angle end. Have not done any real hiking with it yet,but have not noticed any tendency for lens creep which the Nikon 18-200 does have. Also has nice macro capabalities. Seems to be durable construction. Has smooth operation. Would give it 5 stars if I haden't had the problem with the first lens.

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        2.0

        Autofocus so slow I had to return it

        By Dex

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

            I had high hopes given the specs and reviews. But the autofocus was just so exceedingly slow that I had to return it. It just would take forever to lock on to anything, particularly in low light. I returned it and got the 18-200 3.5-5.6 which despite being a slower lens, focuses much much quicker than this Sigma.

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            5.0

            Personally, I'm very happy.

            By Nikon only

            from London Ontario Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I have bought from B & H before. As usual, their shipping was very quick, and the lens arrived with no damage whatsoever.
            I am a hobbyist, and wanted a good walk around lens for travel, so I could avoid frequent lens changing. My wife bought it for me as a Christmas present.
            The finish on the lens is very good, and I really like the metal mount.
            I had no problems mounting it to my Nikon D90. I am really happy with the performance of this lens, particularly in very low light situations. Recently I needed to take some pictures in a mall parking lot for record purposes. I did not want to use flash because of unwanted reflections. I upped the ISO from 200 to 800 and was able to hand-hold several shots in conditions where I was not expecting to get good results. The images I was able to make were very satisfactory for my intended purpose.
            In other shooting situations I have found the lens to be very satisfactory, and certainly sharp enough for the 8 X 12 prints I make.
            The only minus point I could find, and I knew this before purchasing the lens, is the zoom ring works in the opposite direction from a Nikon lens. For the price paid for this lens that is a minor consideration.
            While it is not a true macro, the close focussing does allow for some interesting images.
            I certainly would recommend this lens to others and without any reservation I would recommend B & H for their wonderful service.

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            5.0

            Inexpensive Gem

            By George

            from Ramsey, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Great price

            Cons

            • no complaints

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action

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

            I bought this lens as a replacement for my old and standard packaged lenses as it gives me the wide range from 17-70mm with much more speed for the sports/action shots I've become known for around town. The AF is fast and tracking quite accurate for moving subjects. Not as solid as my Nikkor ED 80-200mm f2.8 but I could have easily paid 4x more for the Nikon equivalent. Exceptionally great price for an exceptionally good lens.

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            5.0

            Excellent lens, high quality built.

            By BicyclePump

            from San Jose

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                If you could get it for less then it is an excellent buy. The lens built seems to be very solid, zoom movement is very smooth, finish of the lens in detail has no flaw. Pictures taken with this lens are sharp, close to fix focal lens, and also close to Nikon ED zoom lens. In normal (non-pro) use, the difference could be hard to distinguish compared to much more expensive lenses.

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                1.0

                Disappointed but worth a second chance?

                By webyolo

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

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

                  Paired this lens with Nikon D7000 due to many positive reviews and specs. But wasn't at all happy with its performance. The focusing was extremely poor, slow and inaccurate. Tried many different settings and situations but it consistently struggled to lock in and when it did and the camera fired away it was often not focused. Just to make sure, I dragged out my 17 year old Sigma zoom and it snapped into focus. so I'm convinced it must be defective. I will exchange it for another copy in the hope the performance meets expectations and all the positive reviews.

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                  5.0

                  recommended general purpose lens

                  By Sam

                  from Hackensack, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens features a great general purpose focal length range, short minimum focus distance, HSM autofocus and OS (optical stabilization) in a well-built and very affordable lens. Its image quality is not all I hoped for.

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                  4.0

                  It was a great deal

                  By JB

                  from Glen Ridge, New Jersey

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  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 Nikon Digital Cameras:

                  This is a perfect len for my job, and de 2.8 aperture give me facilities to use in low ligth.

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                  5.0

                  Get the Whole Picture!

                  By Bellafied

                  from Vermont

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Capture An Entire Room
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I purchased this lens to go along with my 35mm for my Nikon D5100 and I am so glad I did! The 35mm is great, and this lens picks up where it lacks a bit. I can get a very wide view now, it's fast, well built and has the added bonus of 4X zoom! I have been able to capture images from snowflakes to family portraits, very happy with this new addition.

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                    5.0

                    Great Flower Shotsat Close Range

                    By Arkyelephantlover

                    from Maumelle, Arkansas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I used the lens to take close up macro shots of flowers and put together a collage and framed it for my office.

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                    5.0

                    Good replacement for kit lens

                    By Renj

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action

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

                    I've had this lens for only a few days, but it's clearly a kit lens replacer. It is well built, both the AF and image stabilization work well, and is compact. The Images are very sharp. It does not front or back focus yet on my D7000

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                    5.0

                    Toss the kit lenses... This lens rocks!

                    By EH in AZ

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This is my all-around lens - it does everything I need it to. From macro to landscape, family gatherings to portrait, this lens is the right fit for what I do. It is heavy - rock solid construction; some people may not like the weight, but I do. Images are very sharp; focus is spot on. The fast 2.8 (at 17mm) is great for low-light shooting. My only issue has been when I shoot at 17mm using a circular polarizer - you get the filter ring at the bottom corners of the image.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect walkaround lense

                      By Dawe

                      from Poprad, Slovakia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Pseu Macro
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Iam using this lense for everyday purpose, such as landscapes, portraits, nature etc. Before this lense I own Tamron 17-50 and If I compare it, I love the Sigma lense. Perfect OS, really fast and silence focusing. A

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                      1.0

                      Do not recommend this one

                      By softiris

                      from Homewood, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus

                        Best Uses

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

                          I'm bought this lens in order to replace my old one, that does not have OS.
                          Well I will keep my old one. Sigma 17-70mm OS HSM lens does not focus properly. I have check it with my both Nikon body cameras and it just fail to
                          focus. On next day have send back to B&H. Thank B&H for excellent return policy!

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                          1.0

                          Great Disappointment

                          By Lady Rock

                          from Little Rock, Ark

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus

                            Best Uses

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

                              I had high hopes for this lens with my D7000. After studying many reviews, I chose the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 over the Nikon 16-85 f/3.5-5.6 because of the faster aperture. The autofocus had trouble locking on subjects even in bright sun light, pictures were out of focus, and those the were were not sharp. I suppose I got a bad copy. I returned it and bought a used Nikon 16-85.

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