Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC Macro HSM C A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#44178 date: Nov-21-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 2.8
Minolta 28-105
price paid:399€
positive:Silence. Very shap. Fast AF. Very small MDF.
negative:None
comment:I like this lense very much. Super small MDF (22cm). Very very sharp for a zoom lense. Sharper than the Tamron 17-50 @50mm - F/4.
reviewer#12140 date: Feb-18-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 SAM
Sony 35mm 1.8
Sony 50mm 1.4
price paid:$450 USD
positive:Sharp from 24-70
Decent sharpness between 17-24
Great colors
Good build
Controls flare well
negative:CA at the wide end
Distortion at the wide end
comment:This lens is a big step up from the 18-55 kit lens, I don't think there is a category where it isn't better.
reviewer#12078 date: Jan-3-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200
Tamron 70-200 USD f2.8
Tamron 70-300 USD
Tamron 16-300 USD
Sony 35mm f1.8
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro
price paid:500 USD
positive:Handy zoom range
Fairly fast aperture
negative:Goes to f4 pretty fast
Some noise with AF.

comment:Good lens with a handy 17-70 zoom range.
Significant upgrade from typical kit lens. Fairly fast f2.8-f4 compared to other zooms of a similar range.
IQ is very good.
reviewer#11385 date: Oct-13-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-250
Older Sigma 17-70 (pre HSM) used to own that and this one is much better and that was one of the better zooms in this range.
price paid:499 USD
positive:HSM focusing is nearly silent.
Very sharp across the entire field. At 17mm widest the edges gradually do get softer.. But web tests and mine show it to be really sharp to the edges.. Compared to other lenses I have used in this range.
Size is nice
negative:Macro shots can take the lens front right up to the object.
HSM does make clicking noise when stopping, starting, changing direction. This can be heard on video when shooting a low noise scene.
Overides a77 MF setting. AF/MF switch on lens has final say. This disables DMF but focus peeking still works.
comment:I wanted quieter focusing and sharper lens for my new a77. Had been doing casual shooting with A700 but want to do some more serious shots.
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.25
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.60

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