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Sigma17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors
 
4.5

(based on 300 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (187)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (90)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (155)
  • Consistent output (122)
  • Nice bokeh (107)
  • Strong construction (103)
  • Durable (84)

Cons

  • Heavy (32)
  • Blurry focus (19)
  • Slow focus (9)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • No full-time manual focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (173)
  • Landscape/scenery (146)
  • Weddings (127)
  • Night photography (87)
  • Sports/action (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (113), Semi-pro photographer (62), Casual photographer (17), Pro photographer (17), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (206), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of the best upgrades from a kit lens

I use this lens for low light photography indoors and outdoors. As well as night photography, and walk around photography. It has a great zoom range, and is very diverse. This lens...Read complete review

I use this lens for low light photography indoors and outdoors. As well as night photography, and walk around photography. It has a great zoom range, and is very diverse. This lens and the Sigma 8-16mm make a great pair.Compared to a kit lens, this Sigma has better image quality in low light, better ISO performance, and much faster auto focus. Also. the OS (Vibration Reduction), is very effective, and makes a huge difference in slow shutter speed and low light.The BAD: no 6 year warranty like Tamron.Not so BAD: it's compact but heavy.The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 is an upgrade for those who want to unleash the greater potential of their Nikon D3200 that are limited by the kit lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great if you get a good copy

From reading reviews, you'll get the sense that this is a solid lens. My own impressions were that it's sharp, even wide open, and works well throughout the zoom and aperture range....Read complete review

From reading reviews, you'll get the sense that this is a solid lens. My own impressions were that it's sharp, even wide open, and works well throughout the zoom and aperture range. It's shockingly heavy for such a short zoom but not to the point of annoyance.

The biggest failing is that there seems to be a lot of variation between copies.Mine, though sharp, had more than ten visible liquid spots behind the front element which were obvious when set to a small aperture (I tested on f22). The look kinda like sensor dust spots but immediately disappeared when I switched lenses.

I'm holding my breath on a replacement copy but make sure you test your copy as soon as you receive.

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5.0

I would not buy again.

By Norma

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

I would buy again. This lens likes the same sd card and you can not change lens . When you do change the lens back it may not work first time.

 
5.0

Fine lens

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

The lens is out of site , love it.

 
5.0

A Budget Wonder Lens, and beyond.

By justin

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Amazing, for the price. Just buy it, you wont be disappointed. Far better than the 18-55 kit lens, which is decent too. i'm using it on a cheap D3300 body. If you are on a budget, this lens, plus a D3300 is a good combo. It is a little on the heavy side, but you will get used to it. B&H is great, as expected, their sales reps know whats up. 5 stars.

 
5.0

Excellent all-around lens

By Krzysztof

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Excellent and reasonably priced lens. I am using it with Nikon D7500.

 
5.0

Very sharp pictures

By Sherwood

from South Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

I am a second year photographer with a Nikon D7200. I have been mostly using the lens that came with the camera and have been having trouble with my photos being sharp when handheld. The Sigma lens gives sharper pictures when handheld and I have been keeping it on my camera most of the time. I bought the 17-50mm f/2.8 lens.

 
4.0

Great solid lens for the money

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

I really wanted the Nikon 17-55 but in an effort to save cost I bought this saving almost half the cost of the used Nikkor. I'm actually pretty impressed with the output of this lens and it exceeded expectations...very sharp throughout the zoom range and even wide open. My only criticism is that it feels awfully heavy but then again I'm mostly a prime shooter. It's also very prone to flare but I think my UV filter was contributing to that somewhat.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would absolutely buy this again!

By Lowell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

After buying a Nikon d500, I went to DXO to see where my existing lenses tested on that body. I found this lenses tested to be the best standard zoom for this body. After a hundred shots, I understand why - a great match. Very sharp (less so on the edges), and great build quality. The 17-50 range makes it a great companion to the 24-70 full-frame on a D800E. Although not billed as a macro, it has excellent close-up performance. Great match to the Nikon D500!

 
4.0

Excellent

By Ila

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

sharp and fast

 
5.0

Just happy . All good.

By Lobsang

from undisclosed

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Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Just happy . All good.

 
5.0

Love it

By Isabel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

One of the best lens that I've bought in my life. I'm really satisfied with this product.

 
5.0

This is what I wanted on my D7200

By Rajeshkumar

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

It is simply good lens off the brand

 
5.0

Nice lens to have!

By Gabriel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Really nice lens! I had the one that comes with a normal kit, and this is MUCH better! The f2.8 really makes the difference. It also has really nice and clean colors.
If you like to take pictures and don´t want to get into the non-zoom lenses, this is a good choice for you!

 
5.0

Love it

By David

from undisclosed

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Very useful for event photography

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent APS-C zoom at a reasonable price

By Hamuels

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

The Sigma 17-50mm is your best bet for a budget walk-around zoom lens. Other choices are the Nikon 17-55mm ($1500), the Tamron 17-50mm (slightly cheaper, but not as sharp), or the Sigma 18-35mm (incredibly sharp and fast, but also very expensive like the Nikon). I ended up getting the Sigma 17-50mm since I didn't want to break the bank, and in the few times that I've taken it out on my D7200, I've been impressed with the sharpness at all focal lengths, even at its widest aperture.

 
5.0

Great!

By Shadowraven

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Amazing product! Especially for the price!

 
4.0

Nice lens

By codad

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

I got a good deal on this lens. It was on sale for almost half off. Overall the quality is great. Very sharp, fast and good color. I love the range on my D7100. There is a little blur at the 17mm range but still sharp. The only complaint I have so far is when I turn the camera on it makes a strange sound. Overall great deal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great standard crop-sensor zoom at a great value…

By Mikki

from Glendora, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

This is my third Sigma lens I've purchased, and I have to say it's a great value. It's not too heavy for a 2.8 zoom, and it's sharp. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches so that is great for me as I cannot get that close with my 50mm f/1.8G (my favorite all around lens).

It does suffer from a wee-bit of distortion and some vignetting but that is easily fixed in LR or PS with a simple click.

I am a professional graphic designer who often uses my photography for my designs, so I need good quality lenses, and I'm happy to report this one is great (maybe not the best but I have no problem using this for personal or client projects).

The optical stabilizer is really good. I was able to hand-hold it zoomed all the way to 50mm (75 equivalent on a crop) at 1/25th of a second. I tend to shake a lot, so good VR (OS) is important to me when I can't use a tripod or similar device.

 
4.0

Would buy again

By PhotoGuyNikon

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

Great lens for my d7200. Sharp, a few focus issues, but correctable. Great price

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Happy with it .......

By The Krewzer

from Fayetteville, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

I'm happy with the copy - solid - well made - I've used it in a variety of situations - with sun - flash - low light wide open at high ISO - long exposure and its done well - the price point for the speed is an added bonus .......
gave it a 4 because the zoom rotation moves the opposite of Nikon lens catches me off guard, especially when shooting with two cameras, does make me wonder WHY? - but I'll live with it .....

 
5.0

I would buy this product again and agian

By Nha Dao

from NM

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors:

great indoor

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