Overview of SIGMA C (Contemporary) 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

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SIGMA 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon)

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon)

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  1. In short
  2. Sigma C line (Contemporary)
  3. History
  4. Main Specifications
  5. Assembly
  6. Focusing
  7. Diaphragm
  8. Stabilizer
  9. Compatibility and Features
  10. Image quality
  11. Sample Photos
  12. My personal experience with the lens
  13. Alternatives
  14. Prices
  15. Results
  16. User Comments
  17. Add your review or question on the lens

This review presents a version of the SIGMA class 17-70 / 2.8-4 lens for Nikon cameras. Please note that the SIGMA 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO lens exists in the options for Canon, Pentax, Sony and Sigma cameras. And also note that under the name SIGMA 17-70 there are several more similar lenses that preceded the lens from this review and a list of which is listed in the alternative section.

In short

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO is considered a universal lens for cropped cameras with APS-C sensor. The lens has a 4.1X zoom, which allows you to use it for a large number of standard photo tasks. First of all, it’s interesting with the built-in image stabilizer and an enlarged, compared to other similar lenses, aperture.

This lens is a balanced solution for price and quality and can serve as a good alternative for original similar lenses. Nikon 16-80 / 2.8-4E VR и Nikon 16-85 / 3.5-5.6G VR. And also SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO can definitely be recommended as a replacement for full-time universal lenses of the 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 class.

Sigma C line (Contemporary)

Line of lenses Sigma C (Sigma Contemporary) It comprises:

DC

Lenses for cropped SLR cameras (series DC) for different mounts:

  1. SIGMA 17-70 mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary) [Nikon F, Canon EF / EFS, Sigma SA, Pentax K]
  2. SIGMA 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary) [Nikon F, Canon EF / EFS, Sigma SA, Sony A, Pentax K]
  3. SIGMA 18-300 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary), [Nikon F, Canon EF / EFS, Sigma SA]

DG

Lenses for full-frame SLR cameras (series DG), for Nikon F, Canon EF / EFS, Sigma SA mounts:

  1. SIGMA 100-400 mm 1: 5-6.3 DG OS | C (Contemporary) [not to be confused with the version 100-400 / 5-6.3 DG DN OS C]
  2. SIGMA 150-600 mm 1: 5-6.3 DG OS MACRO | C (Contemporary)

DC DN

Lenses for cropped mirrorless cameras (series DC DN) for Micro 4/3 mounts, Sony E, Canon EOS M, Leica L:

  1. SIGMA 16 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary)
  2. SIGMA 30 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary) [not to be confused with the version 30 / 1.4 ART]
  3. SIGMA 56 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary)

DG DN

Lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras (series DG DN) for Sony E / FE and Leica L mounts:

  1. Sigma 45 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | C (Contemporary)
  2. Sigma +100 1: 5-6.3 DG DN OS | C (Contemporary) [not to be confused with the version 100-400 / 5-6.3 DG OS C]

History

Sigma 17-70 / 2.8-4 (4.5) has four main models:

  1. Sigma DC 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4.5Scheme 15/12, since February 2006
  2. Sigma DC 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4.5 MACRO HSMDiagram 15/12, from July 2007, for Nikon cameras only
  3. Sigma DC 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 MACRO HSM OSScheme 17/13, from December 2009
  4. Sigma DC 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 C, [Macro, HSM, OS, Contemporary]Scheme 16/14, from September 2012

Separately, there is a line of lenses with a constant relative aperture of the DC EX / ART series (see the list in the 'Alternatives' section).

Sigma 17-70 lens prefab

Sigma 17-70 lens matching table

Main technical characteristics of Sigma DC 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4.5 MACRO HSM:

Review Instance Name The following inscriptions on the lens housing are 'SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC Ø 72 LENS MADE IN JAPAN'
Basic properties
  • DC (Digital Camera) - the lens is designed for SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor, in this case it's an analogue 'Nikon DX'
  • С (Contemporary) - a line of modern high-quality lenses
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) - built-in optical image stabilizer
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - an ultrasonic focusing motor, in this case it is an analogue of 'Nikon SWM'.
  • AF / MF Focus - simple focus mode switch
  • IF (Internal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating - super multi-lightening optics
  • ASP (Aspenherical) - aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • FLD - (Fluorite-like Low Dispersion) - special low-disperse elements in the optical scheme with characteristics close to fluorite
  • MACRO 0.22m / 0.72ft - a scale for macro photography, it is possible to shoot at very small focusing distances with a maximum magnification of 0.36X
  • Lack of aperture control ring, analogue 'Nikon G'
  • Bayonet hood included
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 72 mm
Focal length 17-70 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 25.5-105 mm
Zoom ratio 4.12 X (usually rounded to 4)
Designed by for Nikon DX digital cameras, there are modifications for other systems

  • Sigma sa
  • Canon EF / EFS
  • Sony A / Minolta A (without OS function)
  • Pentax K (without OS function)
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focusing distance in meters and feet, focal lengths for 17, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 mm, mark of bayonet mount and mount / fix hood. There are zoom marks depending on the focal length:

  • 24 mm 1: 5.8
  • 28 mm 1: 5.1
  • 35 mm 1: 4.3
  • 50 mm 1: 3.4
  • 70 mm 1: 2.8
Diaphragm control is via the camera menu (analog Nikon G - type of lens)

  • 17 mm - F / 2.8
  • 24 mm - F / 3.2
  • 28 mm - F / 3.3
  • 35 mm - F / 3.5
  • 50 mm - F / 4
  • 70 mm - F / 4
MDF 0.22 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 2.8
The weight 465 g
Optical design 16 elements in 14 groups, 3 aspherical ASP elements (in the optical diagram, aspherical elements are shown in pink) and 1 low-dispersion SLD element (in the optical diagram are shown in blue) and 2 FLD elements (in the optical diagram are shown in yellow)

Optical design Sigma 17-70 C

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood LH780-03, Bayonet type, plastic, with the possibility of installation in transport mode
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)
Production period Since September 2012
Price

On the lens case there is a small letter 'C', written in a silver circle. This letter is responsible for the class of the lens according to the modern gradation of Sigma lenses. 'C' is an abbreviation of 'Contemporary', such lenses have a modern body, not the most outstanding aperture parameters and are intended primarily for amateur photographers :).

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon) with covers and hood

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon) with covers and hood

Assembly

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO Available with 2012 years. Assembly is made in Japan. To the touch the lens is pleasant and weighty, its weight is already 465 grams. The lens uses large filters with a diameter of 72 mm. Personally, I would prefer if instead of 72 mm a 'professional' size of 77 mm was immediately used.

The case is completely black and does not have a characteristic Sigma velvet coating. The focus and zoom rings are rubberized. The lens body is made of a new composite material - TSCThermally Sbackgammon Composite (Thermally Stable Composite), less sensitive to temperature extremes than regular polycarbonate. Such a composite allows to avoid deformation of the case with a large change in ambient temperature. Sigma manufactures its 'ART' lenses from this digging material, such as Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM. In addition, the lens has metal bayonet mount.

There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic lens hood SIGMA LH780-03, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focus ring at 17 mm focal length is lost.

The instance that I visited on the review does not have obvious signs of wear or prolonged use, but, nevertheless, the lens barrel (trunk) spontaneously changes its size under its own weight. In previous versions of the lens, there was a focal length lock that prevented unauthorized changes in the size of the lens. Why SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO removed such a latch is not known. The retractable frame of the body (trunk) consists of 2 sections. The sections are quite durable to the touch, without any backlash. From the side of the rear lens you can see part of the inside of the lens - gears, cables, boards.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO comes in a small cardboard box.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon) with covers and hood

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon) with covers and hood

Focusing

To focus, the lens uses a special ultrasonic focusing motor 'HSM' (Hyper Sonic Motor). Although it is written everywhere that this technology uses silent focusing, in fact, the noise from focusing SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 is heard. At first, I even thought that the lens doesn’t have any “HSM”, and a regular micro-motor is used for focusing, especially since there are no “HSM” inscriptions on the lens body. In general, the lens focuses quite quietly, but not silently.

Focus speed is enough high. Focusing time from infinity to MDF and back is approximately equal to that of the lens Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical. While working on camera Nikon D80 I did not observe any obvious inaccuracies or focusing errors, everything worked as expected.

Focusing on the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 internal - when focusing, neither the front nor the rear lens rotates, and the lens itself does not change its size when focusing. But the trouble is that during auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched. In such Nikon / Canon lenses, the focus ring remains stationary during auto focus.

In manual focus mode, the focus ring rotates 75 degrees. Focus ring travel is very smooth, but still manual focus is inconvenient.

The lens has a focus distance scale with marks in meters and feet. The scale is plotted on the focus ring. The minimum focusing distance is only 22 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification factor is 1: 2.8 (on the official website indicated 1: 2.9). Thus, the lens allows you to shoot amateur 'close', and on the frame of the case you can find the inscription' Macro '. On the retractable frame of the case there are marks indicating the current magnification factor: 1: 5.8, 1: 5.1, 1: 4.3, 1: 3.4 and 1: 2.8.

Note: if you shoot 'macro objects' located on a horizontal surface, then when focusing at the smallest possible distance, you can hook this same surface with the frame of the case.

The lens has focus mode switch 'AF / MF FOCUS'. For manual focus, the lens must be switched to 'MF' mode, otherwise the focus motor may be damaged. Unfortunately, unlike many Nikon / Canon lenses of this type, the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 does not support continuous manual focus mode.

Also, note that while changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'effect' of a vacuum cleaner, which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

Maximum lens length SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon)

Maximum lens length SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO (for Nikon)

Diaphragm

The lens diaphragm consists of 7 petals that form a fairly even hole (example on f / 8).

A distinctive feature of the lens is that at 17 mm focal length SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 can use the aperture F / 2.8. Because of this, many users attribute this lens to aperture optics. But it’s enough to at least slightly increase the focal length, as the maximum aperture becomes equal to F / 3.0 and decreases to F / 4.0 by 70 mm of focal length.

There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:

  • 17 mm - F / 2.8
  • 24 mm - F / 3.2
  • 28 mm - F / 3.3
  • 35 mm - F / 3.5
  • 50 mm - F / 4
  • 70 mm - F / 4

Aperture closes to F / 22 over the entire range of focal lengths.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Stabilizer

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO has an integrated image stabilizer. I could not find official information about how many steps shutter speed can compensate for the stabilizer. In any case, the stabilizer works well.

On the case there is a stabilizer operating mode switch 'OS ON / OFF'. Where 'OS' is short for 'Optical Stabilizer'.

The stabilizer has its own characteristics. If you listen to the inside of the lens, you can hear a slight noise in the middle of the lens, even if the stabilizer is in the 'OFF' position. By pressing the focus / metering button exposure the noise just amplifies - apparently the stabilizer starts to work at full power. When the camera is turned off, even if the stabilizer was in the 'OFF' position, JVI noticeably how the image twitches, and also the noise from the lens parking is heard - this is a sign that the stabilizer has turned off 'again'. Also on my camera Nikon D80, on which I tested this lens, SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO does not automatically turn off the metering after the time interval specified in the settings. Thus, the stabilizer and exposure meter with the camera turned on continues to work continuously, which can adversely affect the battery charge level. I observed a similar unusual behavior of the stabilizer on the lens Sigma Zoom 17-50mm 1: 2.8 EX DC OS HSM.

In the version for Sony and Pentax cameras, the lens does not have a built-in stabilizer, since the stabilizer is already present in the cameras of these manufacturers themselves.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Compatibility and Features

Nikon does not have a complete analogue of SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO. The most similar to him can be considered Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical и Nikon 18-70mm AF-S 3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO is compatible with all Nikon digital SLR cameras. Auto focus with the lens will work even on the simplest Nikon DX cameras without a focus motor. The lens does not have an aperture control ring, transmits the value of the focusing distance and is no different from the “native” Nikon Nikkor lenses.

The prefix 'DC' in the lens name means that the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO is designed to work with cropped format cameras Nikon DX. EGF with such cameras will be 25,5-105 mm.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO supports working with SIGMA USB Dock stations to fine tune the lens and update its firmware.

Magnification ratio SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Magnification ratio SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Image quality

3 aspherical, 1 SLD and 2 FLD elements in the optical scheme of the lens, which consists of 16 elements in 14 groups, are trying to fight for good image quality. The fight goes for every pixel :).

At 17 mm and F / 2.8, the sharpness is not very good, but I was pleased that the edges and corners of the image do not sag as much as on many other lenses. If you cover the diaphragm, then the sharpness becomes very even nothing throughout the image field. But at 70 mm and F / 4.0, the sharpness is already sufficient for shooting most tasks.

Judging by high standards, in terms of resolution, the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 does not go much further than standard class 18-55 / 105/135/200 lenses. On my big pixel camera Nikon D80 I hardly achieved excellent sharpness even on covered apertures, the sharpness increases slightly with increasing F.

Distortion and vignetting at the proper level for this type of lens. It is a pity, but it was not possible to get rid of chromatic aberrations either, most of them by 17 mm and F / 2.8.

But in the back and side light, the lens behaves well, only occasionally creating small glare in the pictures when shooting against strong light sources.

In general, the lens showed the expected image quality for its class.

Sample Photos

You can download RAW source files at this link (59 files in the .'NEF 'format, 504 MB). All photos were shot using protective filter HOYA HMC 72mm UV (0) made in Japan, this filter is noticeably 'yellow' (see) Gallery previews - camera on-camera JPEG Nikon D80.

Sigma DC 18-125mm 1: 3.5-5.6 D and SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Sigma DC 18-125mm 1: 3.5-5.6 D and SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

My experience

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO nice lens. Personally, I was only a little surprised by the rotating focus ring during auto focus, the unusual behavior of the stabilizer and the relatively large weight. And, of course, I would like better sharpness from a lens with so many special elements in the optical design. Given the considerable cost of the lens, I would have bypassed it, and instead looked away Sigma Zoom 17-50mm 1: 2.8 EX DC OS HSM.

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 may be a good replacement for a whale lens type Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor и Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS STM. I would refuse to use the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO as a lens for some important events. But for simple shooting for every day, this lens is just right.

Lens switches SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Lens switches SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO


Alternatives

Below is a list of all such aperture-type universal zoom autofocus lenses for SLR and mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less.

Tokina (DX, various mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus, model AT-X 165 PRO DX, for Canon (C / EF version) and Nikon (N / AIS version), since July 2006. The optical design is similar to the lens Pentax SMC DA * 16-50mm f / 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

Tamron (DI II, various mounts)

  1. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 N / E / P / S (under Nikon [N], Canon [E], Pentax [P], Sony / Minolta [S]), since February 2006. Produced in Japan, China and Vietnam
  2. promaster DIGITAL XR EDO AF Ashperical LD ​​[IF] 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 MACROprevious lens under the brand Promaster
  3. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 NII (only for Nikon cameras), since March 2008
  4. Tamron Di II SP 17-50 mm F / 2.8 VC B005, model B005 E / NII (for Canon [E] or Nikon [NII]), from September 2009, Japan or China)

Sigma (DC, different mounts)

With constant maximum aperture (DC EX and DC ART series):

  1. Sigma DC ZOOM 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX (+ -D), since July 2004, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K. The version for the '4/3' system has been available since February 2006 (not mass-produced). The version for Nikon in its name includes the prefix 'D'.
  2. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO, from September 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K
  3. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO HSM, since June 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  4. Sigma dc 17-50mm 1: 2.8 ZOOM EX OS HSM, from February 2010, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-35mm F1.8 A [ART, HSM], from April 2013, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

With variable maximum aperture (DC and DC Contemporary series):

  1. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5, February 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  2. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 MACRO HSM, from July 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  3. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 MACRO HSM OS, from December 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  4. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 C, [MACRO, OS, HSM, Contemporary], from September 2012, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1:2.8-4.5 HSM OS ZOOM, from March 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

Nikon (DX, F mount)

  1. Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm 1:2.8-4E ED N, Nikon F mount, from July 2015
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED IF SWM, Nikon F mount, from July 2003

Pentax (DA, Q, K and Q mounts)

  1. Pentax SMC DA * 16-50mm f / 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount, since February 2007. Optical design similar to lens Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus (joint development of Tokina and Pentax)
  2. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 bayonet mount, black or silver, from November 2013
  3. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (with crop factor Kf = 5.53X or Kf = 4.65X)

Canon (EFS, EF-S mount)

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-55mm 1: 2.8 IS USM (Image Sabilizer, Ulstrasonic, EFS), Canon EF-S mount, since May 2006

Sony (DT, A and E mounts)

  1. Sony DT 2.8 / 16-50 SSM, Sony A mount (Minolta A), August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8 / 16-55G, Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019

Fujifilm (X)

  1. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Nano-GI XF 16-55mm 1: 2.8 R LM WR, Fujifilm X mount, since January 2015
  2. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Super EBC XF 18-55mm 1:2.8-4 R LM OIS, Fujifilm X mount, September 2012

Samsung (NX)

  1. Samsung Lens 1: 2-2.8 S 16-50 mm ED OIS i-Function, Samsung NX mount, since January 2014

Olympus / Panasonic / Leica (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf = 2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5 IIsince November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2008
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /+14 ASPH. MEGA OISsince July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1: 2.8 PROsince October 2013
  2. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm f / 1.7 ASPH.since May 2019
  3. LUMIX G VARIO 1: 2.8 /+12 ASPH. POWER OIS, from June 2012, in March 2017 an improved version is released (outwardly no different)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /+12 ASPH.since March 2017

Prices

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Enlightenment of the front lens SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Enlightenment of the front lens SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

Results

SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO - a good universal lens for amateur photographers with a convenient range of focal lengths, image stabilizer and more aperturethan with similar full-time zoom lenses. An excellent replacement for whale lenses in the 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 class.

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Comments: 83, on the topic: Overview of SIGMA C (Contemporary) 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

  • anonym

    Nikon does not have a complete analogue of SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO

    What about Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f / 2.8-4E ED VR?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The review was written in May 2015, and 16-80 was presented in July 2015.

  • Victor

    Hello everyone from 2017! Need some advice! There is an 18-200 Nikon lens and a d5100 camera (there is an intention to switch to a more modern camera -d5500 or d7200 in the future). I think to switch to a Sigma 17-70 C or Sigma 17-50 lens. The lens will be used for travel for the most part. We need a significantly high-quality transition from 18-200. What do you recommend from two lenses from Sigma? Is there a big difference between them in picture quality? Does 17-50 go ahead? Thanks for the opinion and advice.

  • vinib

    amateur question. is this lens suitable for a full frame? on the Nikon d750 in particular?

    • anonym

      no it won't do

  • Baha

    Zdraste kak mojno zakazat? Dostavka est na kazakhstan?

  • Oksana

    Hello !
    help in choosing Nikon 5100d, now there are 18-55
    which lens to choose for every day, landscape, children, competitions, video shooting, one of
    1 - Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G,
    2 - sigma 18-200
    or
    3 - SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO
    plans to later purchase a portrait of 50mm.

    • anonym

      And what does not suit 18-55? Aperture, focusing speed, spread of focal lengths? And fifty dollars is not a portrait.

  • Paul

    It would be interesting to see a review of the previous version of the lens 17-70 (not C) and make a comparison. Their cost is 2 times different. Is it really worth it?

    • Jury

      take a newer version - there’s less risk of getting on a completely “dead” lens, and besides, the lens from this review is now sold on the alder :)

      • Paul

        So I look new. Yes, and b / y you can immediately see which killed, what new.

  • Alex

    I wonder how this lens works with the latest cameras with multi-pixel arrays?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It has been produced since 2012, when there were already D3200, D5200 at 24 megapixels, therefore, most likely, it was developed for cameras with a large number of MPs. And the amount of MP in the camera does not affect the performance of the lens, you most likely had in mind how optically good the lens is for such cameras.

  • Sergei

    Please tell me how pros pros and cons of this lens
    Sigma AF 17-70mm f / 2.8-4.5 DC HSM
    Thank you in advance))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The other day there will be his review. In short - this is a balanced wagon.

      • Sergei

        Thanks. I will wait)

      • anonym

        and what is the difference between sigma 2.8-4 and sigma 2.8-4.5? Is it worth taking 2.8-4.5 or better 2.8-4?

        • Denis

          4.5 was only in older versions. and there is no stabilizer there, but maybe it’s even good, it won’t break)))
          I would consider only the latest “C” version for myself

  • Ivan

    Good evening! Did you caress the Sigma AF 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC MACRO OS HSM (Nikon) for the nikon d3100? Could it be like Vikoristov having given this camera?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does.

  • Oleg

    I bought this lens yesterday on a Sony A STL-57 (used, in excellent condition) for 11k. I didn’t use serious optics, but after a whale and a set of Minoltov lenses I just can’t get enough. As for me, it’s very sharp even at 17. The build quality pleased, the “trunk” does not leave under the influence of its own weight, everything is tight and smooth. Autofocus is instant, the motor is not heard at all. I looked at my camera with different eyes, very pleased.

  • hope

    I bought this lens for Nikon d 7100, for some reason focusing does not work (What could be the problem

  • Victor S.

    Arkady, I don’t understand the phrase “SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 does not support the PERMANENT manual focus mode”. If you switch the mode to “M” and focus manually, what can happen next? Where is manual focus going?

    • Victor S.

      After thinking and reading other reviews, I can probably answer myself this way.
      Apparently, there is a mistake in the expression in one word. And actually it was necessary to say the following:
      “The lack of the PERMANENT manual focus CONTROL function due to the rotation of the focus ring during auto focus”.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        The main thing that figured out.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Permanent manual focus should work in both M and A focus modes. If manual focus does not work in A mode, then it does not support PERMANENT manual focus mode.

  • Alexander

    Hello! Please advise a fast lens to replace the whale Nikkor 18-105

  • Dmitriy

    Good afternoon, Arkady. Will this lens pull a 24 megapixel sensor?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it is quite

  • Guest

    Had a stupidity to buy this lens ... Outwardly, it looks nice) massive, impressive. But in fact, it turned out to be weak (I shot a children's holiday and half the shots in the soap. I thought it might miss the focus. I began to understand ... AF is too slow. The child cannot be taken in motion. There will be 5 out of 1 frames in sharpness) As a result, I returned to my old tamron 17-50. It turned out to be a cut above both AF and color rendition. (There are no gaps in the shadows)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      What camera was paired with?

      • Guest

        Nikon D300s

  • Dmitriy

    The most important thing was left without an accent - is the lens parafocal or not?
    PS: Nkon taught that even the most deshmans whale does not change the focal point when changing the FR, but all sorts of Panasonic evaporate game like 12-60 ...).

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is not the most important thing. No, he is not parfocal.

      • Dmitriy

        Thanks for the clarification. For me, this information = “deal-bracker”.

        • Dmitriy

          ... i.e. deal-breaker)

  • Andrei

    Good afternoon!
    You need to choose one of two lenses for the Nikon D7000: the hero of this review or the Nikon AF-S 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5G VR. Other options are not suitable. The focal and aperture ranges suit both. The choice is solely from the quality of the picture.
    That suggest?

  • Alexey

    I want to share the experience of using Sigma AF 17-70mm f / 2.8-4.0 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary. I purchased this lens for a Canon 7D camera. It attracted brightness, sharpness and clarity of the picture compared to the existing Canon EF-S 15-85mm f / 3.5-5.6 is USM. But I had to tinker with adjusting the focus to sharpness. I bought Sigma docking station and introduced correction at four focal lengths at four distances. The result is quite unexpected (see photo). But in the end result, the lens began to steadily and quickly fall into sharpness. Very rarely there are cases with “soap” throughout the field of the frame. The feeling that some kind of lens does not fall into place. Perhaps this is such an instance of the lens or a “generic” defect of this model. But this is rare and such frames can be traced. You can see the DXOmark test (https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/lens-compare?lensId=sigma_17-70_2p8-4&cameraId=canon_eos7d ) As a result, I do not regret that I purchased this lens. His contrast, sharp and clear picture is always pleasing.

  • Alexey

    Complementing my message yesterday. When connecting to the dock on the lens, the firmware was updated from 1.03 to 2.01. As stated on the SIGMA website, the new firmware has been corrected for aberration and other lens errors. I took more than 100 pictures of varying complexity and did not notice any “soap” frames anymore, all frames were sharp. I think that the problem was precisely in the firmware

  • Korg

    Hello.
    I bought such a lens for nikon d5200.
    I noticed that starting from 17 mm there is a back focus.
    By increasing the focal length, the backing disappears.
    If you focus in the Life mode, then it focuses accurately, without problems at any focus.
    Native Nikon lenses also focus without problems, without overshooting.
    I think the problem is in the sigma firmware, in poor compatibility.
    How to fix this, what do you recommend?

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