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)


  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 in terms of price and quality and can serve as a good alternative to 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 regular universal lenses of the 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 class.

Sigma C line (Contemporary)

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


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

  1. SIGMA 100-400 mm 1: 5-6.3 DG OS | C (Contemporary), 21/15, February 2017 [AliExpress]
  2. SIGMA 150-600 mm 1: 5-6.3 DG OS MACRO | C (Contemporary), 20/14, September 2014 [AliExpress]


Lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras (series DG DN) for bayonets Sony E и Leica l. SIGMA I - compact premium prime lenses:

  1. Sigma 17 mm 1: 4 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 9/8 April 2023 [I] [AliExpress]
  2. Sigma 20 mm 1: 2 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 13/11, February 2022 [I] [Aliexrepss]
  3. Sigma 24 mm 1: 2 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 13/11 September 2021 [I] [AliExpress]
  4. Sigma 24 mm 1: 3.5 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 10/8, December 2020 [I] [AliExpress]
  5. Sigma 35 mm 1: 2 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 10/9, December 2020 [I] [AliExpress]
  6. Sigma 45 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 8/7, July 2019 [I][AliExpress]
  7. Sigma 50 mm 1: 2 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 11/9, April 2023 [I] [AliExpress]
  8. Sigma 65 mm 1: 2 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 12/9, December 2020 [I] [AliExpress]
  9. Sigma 90 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 11/10, September 2021 [I] [AliExpress]
  10. Sigma 16-28 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 16/11, June 2022 [AliExpress]
  11. Sigma 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C | (Contemporary), 16/12, February 2021 [AliExpress]
  12. Sigma 100-400 1: 5-6.3 DG DN OS C | (Contemporary), 22/16, June 2020 [AliExpress]


Lenses for cropped SLR cameras (series DC) for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA, Sony A, Pentax K:

  1. SIGMA 17-70 mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary), 16/14, September 2012 [AliExpress]
  2. SIGMA 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary), 16/13, January 2014
  3. SIGMA 18-300 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO | C (Contemporary), 17/13, September 2014 [AliExpress]


Lenses for cropped mirrorless cameras (series DC DN) for bayonets fujifilm x, Sony ELeica l, Canon EOS M, Canon RF-S (expected summer 2024), Nikon Z, Micro 4 / 3:

  1. SIGMA 16 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary), 16/13, October 2017 [X, E, L, M, RF-S, Z, MFT] [AliExpress]
  2. SIGMA 23 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary), 13/10, April 2023 [X, E, L, RFS] [Alixexpress]
  3. SIGMA 30 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary), 9/7, September 2016 [X, E, L, M, RF-S, Z, MFT] [AliExpress]
  4. SIGMA 56 mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary), 10/6, September 2018 [X, E, L, M, RF-S, Z, MFT] [AliExpress]
  5. SIGMA 10-18 mm 1:2.8 DC DN C (Contemporary), 13/10, October 2023 [X, E, L, RF-S]
  6. SIGMA 18-50 mm 1: 2.8 DC DN | C (Contemporary), 13/10, October 2021 [X, E, L, RF-S] [AliExpress]

Additionally, you can look at all lenses SIGMA ART (A) и all lenses SIGMA SPORT (S). Here here there is a short video about the rulers and markings of Sigma lenses.


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 DC EX / ART series fixed aperture lenses (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 lens barrel bears the following inscriptions '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 is an analogue 'Nikon DX'
  • С (Contemporary) - a line of modern high-quality lenses
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) - built-in optical image stabilizer
  • HSM (Hyper Sabout nothing Motor) - ultrasonic focusing motor, in this case it is analogous to 'Nikon SWM'.
  • AF / MF Focus - simple focus mode switch
  • IF (Iinternal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating - super multicoated 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-dispersion elements in the optical scheme with characteristics close to fluorite
  • MACRO 0.22m / 0.72ft - 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, analog '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
Tags 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 - lens type)

  • 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 (aspherical elements shown in pink on the optical diagram) and 1 low dispersion element SLD (shown in blue on the optical diagram) and 2 FLD elements (shown in yellow on the optical diagram)

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

The lens barrel has a small 'C' letter 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 for 'Contemporary', these 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


SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO Available with 2012 years... Assembled in Japan. The lens is pleasant and weighty to the touch, its weight is already 465 grams. The lens uses large 72mm filters. Personally, I would prefer it instead of 72mm to go straight to the 'professional' size of 77mm.

The body is completely black and lacks the characteristic Sigma velvet finish. The focusing and zoom rings are rubberized. The lens barrel is made of a new composite material - TSCThermally Sbackgammon Composite (Thermally Stable Composite), which is less sensitive to temperature changes than conventional polycarbonate. Such a composite avoids deformation of the case with a large change in ambient temperature. From this material, Sigma makes its 'ART' series lenses 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 copy that I had for review does not have obvious signs of wear or long 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 to the lens size. It is not known why the SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO had such a retainer removed. The retractable body frame (trunk) consists of 2 sections. The sections are strong enough to the touch, without any backlashes. From the side of the rear lens, you can see part of the insides 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


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 lenses from Nikon / Canon, 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 1: 2.9 indicated). Thus, the lens allows you to shoot amateur 'close', and on the rim of the case you can find the inscription' Macro '. The retractable case bezel has 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 minimum possible distance, you can hook the body frame to this very surface.

The lens has focus mode switch 'AF / MF FOCUS'. For manual focusing, the lens must be set to 'MF' mode, otherwise the focusing 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 focusing.

Also, note that as the focal length changes, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens barrel like a pump - drawing in and 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)


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


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 intensifies - apparently the stabilizer starts to work at full capacity. When the camera is turned off, even if the stabilizer is in the 'OFF' position, JVI noticeable image twitching and noise from lens parking is a sign that the gimbal has turned off 'one more time'. 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 a diaphragm control ring, conveys 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 SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO is designed to work with cropped 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 is not much ahead of standard lenses of the 18-55/105/135/200 class. On my 'large 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 .'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). Previews in the gallery - on-camera JPEG from the camera 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

All fast universal zoom lenses

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), from July 2006. Optical design is the same as Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

Tamron (DI II, DI III-A, 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)
  5. Tamron 17-70 mm F / 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Model B070, Model B070, Sony E only, from December 2020

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, since September 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, 4/3
  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 EXOS 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
  6. SIGMA DC 18-50 mm 1: 2.8 DN C [Contemporary], since Oct 2021, for Sony E, Leica L

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 * 16-50 mm 1:2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, Pentax KAF2 mount, since February 2007. Optical design is similar to the 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 16-50 mm ED PLMAW, from July 2021, Pentax KAF4 mount
  3. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 mount, black or silver body, from November 2013
  4. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (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), since August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8/16-55G (Sony SEL1655G), Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019


  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 RLM 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/Yongnuo (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf=2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5 II, from November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2005
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /14-50 ASPH. MEGA OIS, from July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1:2.8 PRO, since 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 /12-35 ASPH. POWER OIS, since June 2012, in March 2017 an improved sub-version is released (outwardly they do not differ in any way)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /12-60 ASPH., since March 2017
  5. Yongnuo 12-35 F2.8-4 STM ASPH, since April 2023


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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


The SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 DC OS HSM MACRO is a good all-round lens for amateur photographers with a convenient focal length range, image stabilization and more aperturethan similar stock zoom lenses. An excellent replacement for 'kit' lenses of class 18-55 / 3.5-5.6.

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Comments: 92, 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 how mojno zakazat? Delivery service in 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
    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 is less risk of getting on a completely “killed” lens, besides, now the lens from this review is being sold on olkh :)

      • 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

      One of these days there will be a review of it. In short, it's a balanced all-rounder.

      • 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 only consider the last "C" version for myself

  • Ivan

    Good evening! Sigma AF 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC MACRO OS HSM (Nikon) go for nikon d3100? Can you be victorious on this camera?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does.

  • Oleg

    I bought this lens yesterday for a Sony A STL-57 (used, in excellent condition) for 11k. I did not use serious optics, but after the whale and a set of Minolt lenses, I just can't get enough of it. As for me, it is very sharp, even at 17. The build quality is good, the “trunk” under its own weight does not move, everything is tight and smooth. Autofocus is instantaneous, the motor is not audible 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 do not understand the phrase “SIGMA C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 does not support CONSTANT manual focusing mode”. If you switch the mode to “M” and focus manually, what can happen next? Where will manual focus go?

    • 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:
      “CONSTANT manual focus control is not available due to rotation of the focus ring during autofocus”.

      • 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

    I was stupid to buy this lens ... Outwardly, it looks nice) massive, impressive. But in fact, he turned out to be weak (I shot a children's party and half of the shots in soap. I thought it might be blurry in focus. I began to understand ... AF is too slow. A child in motion cannot be removed. Out of 5 frames, there will be 1 in sharpness. 17-50. It turned out to be a cut above both in AF and color rendition. (No gaps in the shadows)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      What camera was paired with?

      • Guest

        Nikon D300s

  • Dmitriy

    The most important thing has remained without an accent - is the lens parafocal or not?
    PS: Nkon taught that even the most deshman whale does not change the focus point when the FR is changed, 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

          ... ie 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 yesterday's message. When connected to the docking station, the lens 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 different complexity and did not notice any “soapy” frames, all frames are sharp. I think the problem was in the firmware

    • Seladir

      Good day. Are you from Dnipro (Ukraine) by any chance? If so, I would be very interested in renting such a docking station.

      • Alexey

        I am from the south of Russia. I purchased the docking station at Svyaznoy for 2200 rubles. now it costs about 4500 rubles. On our website "Avito" you can buy it for 2000. You can probably find it in Ukraine too.
        The fact that the fault was in the firmware was confirmed by the firmware of the second of the same lens on the same Canon 7D. Everything began to work correctly.
        In general, we are accustomed to seeing in Japanese technology "reinforced concrete" reliability, ease of operation, quality and uncompromisingness. And then dancing with a docking station and tambourines. But in the end the result is positive.

  • Korg

    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?

  • Flex

    Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC I was offered to buy this lens, but I was told that this is a version for a Sony camera, how to connect it to a Nikon camera? and what are the disadvantages?

    • Victor

      There is only one drawback, but a significant one - the version for Sony will not work on Nikon. Will not work in any way. Generally.

    • B. R. P.

      Look for the Nikon version.

  • Seladir

    I discovered a partial incompatibility of the Canon 60D with the Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 Contemporary, plus on the forums I found an identical story in the case of the Sigma 17-50 2.8.
    The bottom line is that when the auto focus point selection is on, the lens scours endlessly and never focuses. If you choose any specific point, it works flawlessly. On Canon 50D, 550D this problem was not observed.

  • Paul

    Good afternoon!
    Dear readers, what is better Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1: 3.5-5.6G vr, or sigma C 17-70mm 1: 2.8-4 lens from this review? I have 16-85, does it make sense to change it, they offer a new sigma for a good 10t.r.

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