Sigma Imaging 17-70mm F2,8-4 DC Makro OS HSM [2010] Review

Sigma Imaging 17-70mm F2,8-4 DC Makro OS HSM [2010]

Excellent (A) 9 reviews 09/2011
39 opinions (Above average)
Product specification:
  • Lens Type: Wide-angle Zoom, Macro …
  • Compatible camera types: Canon
  • Auto focus
  • Weight: 535 g
  • Diameter: 79 mm
  • Filter size: 72 … more information

Digital SLR User
Magazine 10/2011
6 products tested
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This 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 mid-price macro offering from Sigma feels solid and reassuringly weighty, with a smooth zoom action and a practical focusing scale. Its hypersonic motor makes it silent when focusing and Digital SLR User found its optical stabilisation mechanism to work well. If the variable maximum aperture is not a deal breaker, this is one to consider.

Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 9 out of 10 points, "Highly recommended"

This affordable zoom is a surprisingly good performer that impressed ePHOTOzine with its superb sharpness, remarkable build quality and optical stabilisation, as well as its ability to focus at a very close range. There are some minor quibbles, such as its lack of internal focusing and the presence of barrel distortion at the widest end, but for this price they are easily forgiven.

EISA Awards
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"Best Product 2010-2011: Lens"

The EISA panel were pleased with the value for money offered with the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens, as they felt that the quality of the zoom mechanism was as good as that from lenses at triple the cost. It is solidly constructed and has an image stabilisation system and silent motor that works really quickly. It was made with macro shooting in mind.

TIPA - European Photo & Imaging Awards
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Award Winner 2010

"Designed to be used on APS-C sensor DSLR cameras, this versatile zoom corresponds to a 26-105mm (equivalent). It differs from standard models by its top diaphragm aperture (f/2.8-4), the stabilization OS function and its appreciated autofocus HSM system. This modern, good zoom makes high-end optical features accessible to all."

What Digital Camera
2 products tested

Value for money: 19 out of 20 points, "Gold Award"

The differences between this Sigma lens and the Tamron are as important as their similarities, regardless of them both scoring 91%. The Sigma gives a weaker performance at small apertures, but it has a wider zoom range and the image-stabilisation technology operates slightly smoother and quieter than the Tamron, though both are efficient.

Magazine 7/2010
85.5 out of 100 points.

“Digital recommendation”

Product tested: 17-70mm F2,8-4 DC Makro OS HSM [2010] (for Canon)

“An attractive focal length range of 27-112 mm with a good maximum aperture and a stabiliser - at a price of 400 euros that all sounds very tempting. An above average score also speaks in favour of the Sigma zoom. But you do have to make a few concessions especially when it comes to wide angle: the sharpness is very unevenly spread across the image, regardless of the aperture setting. ...”

Magazine 5/2010
Single test
without final score

“Lens test best buy for APS-C sensors”

Product tested: 17-70mm F2,8-4 DC Makro OS HSM [2010] (for Canon)

“Sigma has succeeded in producing a very good standard zoom lens with the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MAKRO OS HSM which ensures a suitable amount of flexibility when you’re on a photo trip, thanks to its effective focal length range. It gets a small minus for the lack of a constant wide aperture of 1:2.8, which is, however, compensated for by its well-performing image stabiliser. ...”

Magazine 4/2010
“very good” (4 out of 5 stars)

Value for money: “very good”

“Even in our price comparison test, the Sigma 17-70 mm with optical stabiliser made a good impression.”

Magazine 4/2010
“good” (85.46%)

“The Sigma DC 17-70mm F2.8-4 took a sample image with consistently high resolution. Unfazed by the minimum aperture, the lens only produced any image distortion when taking pictures at maximum zoom. ... The lens is excellent as far as vignetting is concerned and it is hardly noticeable when the aperture is stopped down by two steps; even with an open aperture the difference is no more than half a stop.”

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