Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Lens

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80% Silver Award
Its combination of extended focal length range and faster aperture offers useful extra compositional flexibility compared to a standard kit lens, and the optics are overall better too.”

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Key Features

  • 17-70mm focal length
  • F2.8-4 maximum aperture; F22-22 minimum
  • Image stabilization
  • 72mm filters
  • 0.22m/8.66" minimum focus
  • Compatible with APS-C format DSLRs
  • Compatible with Sigma's USB Dock

Product Description

The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM OS was the first lens released in the 'Contemporary' category of Sigma’s lineup. Designed to be an ideal all-purpose lens for APS-C sized sensors, the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 covers an effective focal range of 25-105mm. This standard zoom is also equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and an Optical Stabilizer (OS). The construction of the 17-70mm comprises 16 elements of 14 groups, including two FLD glass elements which Sigma says have performance equal to fluorite, with one SLD (super low dispersion) element to reduce color aberrations. The 17-70mm F2.8-4 Macro DC HSM OS is compatible with the Sigma USB dock, which allows some aspects of its feature set to be customized by the user.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 17–70 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (4 stops claimed)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F4.0
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes rounded
Optics
Elements 16
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings 2 FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, 3 aspherical glass lenses including double sided aspherical lens
Focus
Minimum focus 0.22 m (8.66)
Maximum magnification 0.36×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micro-type ultrasonic
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
Physical
Weight 465 g (1.03 lb)
Diameter 79 mm (3.11)
Length 82 mm (3.23)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Filter thread 72 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focusing
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code LH780-03
Tripod collar No

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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Optical Quality
Build Quality
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Ergonomics and Handling
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Silver Award
Silver Award
80 %
Overall Score

Sigma's latest 'C' badged 17-70mm F2.8-4 is an excellent upgrade option for SLR shooters who've outgrown their kit zooms, and are looking for better image quality and more creative flexibility. It offers a fine balance of zoom range and maximum aperture, while still being highly portable. Autofocus and image stabilisation both work well, but image quality at wideangle isn't the best.

Good For

Photographers looking for a high quality, general purpose zoom for everyday shooting.

Not So Good For

Wideangle or close-up shots

User Reviews

4.375 out of 5 stars
  • Ken Roper, Apr 16, 2013 GMT:
    Sharp!

    I have been very pleased with the performance of this lens.  I've put it through paces with indoor and outdoor use and the images are sharp and crisp. So far, no problems and I'm quite pleased with the quality of images produced with my 7D and the lens.

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  • Alan Ernst, Jun 30, 2013 GMT:
    Very good allround lens for travel and general purpose

    Sigma have done a commendable job on this lens. I am using it with my D5200. It is very consistent throughout the focal length and aperture range, i.e. good results wide open to f16 at all angles. Center sharpness is excellent with a little fall off towards the corners, which are still mostly good to very good except at the wide end where there is a more noticeable decline (from 17-35mm). Still better than all wide-angle zooms I have tried at that angle though. The shorter zoom range compared ...

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  • K E Hoffman, Oct 5, 2013 GMT:
    Initial Impressions Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 "C" on Sony a77

    I just got this lens so this is an early set of impressions... Note this is the Sony Version so there is no OS on lens. Pros: (1) I like the look. Clean monotone no bright color logos or even text reminds me of my old Sigma 24-135 FF I had years go, but smaller. (2) Every test I have seen says this thing is insanely sharp to the edged.

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  • mononoke, Oct 22, 2013 GMT:
    Super versatile, quality instrument

    (1) Pros: well built, versatile, sharp at all focals/apertures, nice bokeh, spot-on focusing, price (2) no full time manual focus override, field curvature @ wide angle Bought it for our holiday. Having previously owned an original 17-70mm, I can safely say that this one is much better in every category plus a bit brighter at the long ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 OS HSM C vs Canon 17-40mm f4 L USM

Hi Everyone, Can anyone advice me which one should I buy, I will be using the lens for event photography, group and tight shots, and some landscape. We all know that Canon 'L' lens are superb in terms of quality, but the features / qualities of the new Sigma is pretty attractive, it is a new model, wide aperture up to f2.8, optically stabilized, and most of all, better price. What about the widest focal point of both lenses, as per the specs, Canon is showing wider angle of view than Sigma at it's widest focal point, 17mm. Cheers, Pidong Marcos

6 months ago

ANSWERS

I choose the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 OS HSM C lens for the extra 30mm and 2.8 on the wide end. Don't know which it the sharper but I really like and have had no problems with it. I use it for events at Taylor County Extension office mainly. The Canon 17-40mm just isn't long enough in many cases. Continue Reading

Don Richardson answered
5 months ago

I just wish someone would make a 15 or 17-85 f2.8-4  with stablization. I had a Canon 15-85 and loved it but it was just to slow for events but I really miss the 85mm. The extra 15mm helped in the size rooms I usually work. Continue Reading

Don Richardson answered
5 months ago

The Sigma is a crop-sensor, APS-C, lens, whereas the 17-40L is a full-frame lens. The L lens is designed to be a good wide-angle, almost ultra-wide, lens on FF cameras, whereas the Sigma is a good all-around lens that extends from wide angle to tele. The L lens is really a bit short to be an all-around lens, but the shortness at the long end is not a fatal flaw (you can always crop shots taken at the long end). The L lens has superb build quality, the Sigma has decent build quality. The L is slightly longer, but surprisingly, the Sigma weights more. The Sigma extends when zooming--I dislike this feature--the L does not.  The movement is all enclosed. The L has very good IQ on crop-sensor cameras, but it isn't excellent.  The Sigma is very close to the L lens.  The main differences are that the Sigma has more distortion and greater vignetting. For me, unless I planned to move up to full-frame soon I'd pick the Sigma. On an APS-C camera, I'd pick the Sigma 17-50 2.8 (a lovely lens ... Continue Reading

gatorowl answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

Enthusiast Looking to Upgrade Either Lens or Body

Hi all, First time posting here and I have been torn for weeks so I decided to try posting here. I have read dozens of reviews, articles and other forum posts and I am at a quandary. My current gear- Canon XSi which I have had and loved for 4+ years but am starting to feel its limitations in terms of ISO, processing power for continuous shooting RAW and FPS Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Canon 18-55 kit lens, Canon 55-250 kit lens I primarily use my camera in the outdoors on hiking and mountain climbing trips. It is often subjected to bad weather and getting wet, but this has not yet been an issue with my XSi. I am not really willing to sacrifice image quality to get a true weatherproof camera. I mostly shoot landscapes and action shots of climbers, so I spend most of my time at the extremes of my focal ranges. Low light is also often a critical issue for me when shooting on the move in at dawn and dusk. Because I am a climber who is also a photographer and not the other way around, I must keep ...

Devin2785 asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

I'm not sure about the Sigma lenses that you mention, but maybe the Canon SL1 (100D) camera would be a good upgrade for you since it's relatively light.  It has gotten great reviews.  The Canon 70D would be better in terms of image quality etc., but then it's a size & weight issue that you'd have to decide.  You could consider one or more of the Canon STM lenses, if you thought you might like to take some video pictures too. Continue Reading

Digirame answered
2 months ago

Hello, a lot to answer here, so I'm doing it inline so as to not miss anything.  :) A lot of different uses here.  Low light+landscape usually calls for 35mm format cameras, but they are pricey (5d, 6d, 1d lines).  An original 5D could be affordable, well built, and give you fantastic image quality, but no sensor shake cleaner, etc....  You also have to consider the weight of the thing. There are travel tripods that are small and light enough to use for star/night shots that you could take with you. A better choice would be the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS, fantastic lens.  The 18-35 f1.8 is simply amazing but no OS, costly, and an even more limited range.  Super zooms are going to cost you in terms of image quality and they won't be significantly better than your kit lens in lower light situations, with perhaps the exception of the inclusion of a stabilizer.  It's hard to beat the combo you are using for light weight/performance.  The newer kit lens has better image quality than the one ... Continue Reading

Keith Z Leonard answered
1 month ago

1) What is your price range? 2) How much do you care about weight? The best ways to address your issues via DSLR  are expensive and heavy. Everything else will be a compromise. Continue Reading

Oilman answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

will it work well on nikon d3200 body?

i cannot find nikon d3200 in this lens support list on www.sigmaphoto.com. Please someone reply me because i want to buy this len for my nikon d3200 during this week.

simleap asked
8 months ago

ANSWERS

Sure does. To good affect as well. AF works A1 too. I recommend it. Continue Reading

MJC3200 answered
6 months ago

Warranty Information

"Beginning July 1, 2013, all brand new Sigma Products purchased from authorized Sigma dealers are covered under the 1 year America warranty (North and South America) and U.S.A. extended warranties for a period of three (3) years against defects in manufacturing and workmanship only. Your warranty period begins the day you purchase your Sigma camera, lens and/or flash and runs for a total period of four years from that date (please refer to the warranty policy included with your product)."

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