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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 281 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (173)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 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 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

 
5.0

Great lens, at a great price

By Mike C.

from Elon, NC

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 lens at the same time as the Nikon D7100, instead of the kit lens. At the price that B&H had the Sigma 2.8 and looking at several reviews at B&H plus other sources it was a no brainer. It is a little heavy, but the build quality is very good. The images are real good, even at 2.8. For the price you can't go wrong with this lens.

 
5.0

Perfect lens great price!

By Lax Dad.

from Sherwood< Oegon

Verified Buyer

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

Needed tp replace the low end close up zoom that came with our Nikon. this is the perfect lens with F2.8 which increases it's applicability.

 
5.0

Lens Review

By Brny Fyf

from Madison Wis.

Verified Buyer

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

Exceeded my expectations. Great lens

 
4.0

Excellent all-around lens

By Parsa

from Northern Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

This was the best upgrade to the kit lens that came with my Nikon D7100. I took one star off only because of the short throw in manual focus mode.

 
5.0

SOLID PERFORMER

By Robert

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:

I've had mine for 2 years and find it just fine. Use it on a Nikon 7100.
I just bought and returned a Nikon lens due to soft focus issues and reran some tests on the Sigma to confirm that it wasn't the camera's fault. 36 images shot at various focal lengths on a lightly overcast day...all at my usual ISO 100 and f/7.1. results: At Photoshop pixel view all centers were virtually perfect. little if any CA at edges.

My main use for this camera and lens is indoor/outdoor family photos and I can count on all images being good. I like the skin tones from Nikon jpegs. The 2.8 aperture gives me good available light shooting at decent ISOs.

The lens is solid..but somewhat heavy along with the D7100. All my travel shooting is therefore done with the Sony A6000.

My biggest issue with the lens is the 16-50 zoom range...it's great for family / friends / parties etc but outdoors I always wish it had more range...perhaps to 70mm. Images are of great quality however and can take a pretty serious crop.

 
5.0

Great Lens. Excellent Price.

By Armin

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:

Best general use lens out there. Performance is great for the price. Mounted to my D710, the f/2.8 aperture can capture great photos in low light conditions.

 
4.0

Good lens

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:

A little soft even after micro adjusting. Nice lens and focal length.

 
5.0

Sigma Lens 17-50mm f/2.8 EX for Nikon.

By Hugol

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 contrast on this lens, a very good improvement over the kit lens. A great all around lens, I also have this lens on my Canon 7D Mark II. For the money, the quality is good and overall I am very happy with this lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp, solidly built, optical stabilization, bargain price

By Robert

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 use this lens for existing light photography at wedding receptions. It's sharp and built solidly, and has the OS stabilization. When the price was marked down by about $300.00 (something new coming, Sigma?), I couldn't resist getting it. You can save a ton of money on digital equipment by buying items that are just about to be superseded by something newer.

 
4.0

good enough

By Antonio

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:

resistant and easy to use. dont fogger to by a protector as well.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good lense

By Donatas

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:

perfectly matched my D7200. Very good for price.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of light!

By Nikki

from Undisclosed

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

The one consistent issue I was really struggling with in my photography was light so a friend suggested this lens and I'm so glad I listened! Having the fixed 2.8 allows in so much more light and my images are better for it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am loving it.

By Floy

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 would definitelally recommend it. The pictures are very sharp. I love taking landscape pictures with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent deal

By Lance

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:

good deal for the money....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens.

By Wynn

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:

Great lens for the money. Slightly soft at 2.8, otherwise very sharp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommended for any DX user

By Lisa

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 own a Nikon d7100 and this lens works amazingly well on it. It's a perfect lens for a cropped sensor. I use it quite often on 17 mm but love the flexibility of being able to zoom it in as well. It's one of the sharpest lenses I've used. I highly recommend it.

 
5.0

Great lens for the price

By Todd

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:

Where can you find a f2.8 lens with this high level of quality that won't bust your budget. Plus, you are saving $200 bu bat buying a top tier "name" brand

 
5.0

Excellent lens for the price

By Steven

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 was asked to take photos at a wedding reception and needed an inexpensive f/2.8 wide angle zoom for my D7100. This lens fit the bill perfectly. It provided good, sharp photos. The direction for turning the barrel to zoom in and out is opposite from all the other zoom lenses I have (Nikon and Tamron), but that didn't give me too much grief. For the money, this is a great little lens.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wide angle prime killer

By Oleksiy

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:

Fast lens with image stabilization that is a must for video shooting. The still images come out sharp with a nice bokeh for the out of focus objects. You may wish to fine-tune this lens on a Nikon camera though. I have set the adjustment for it to -12 on Nikon D500.

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