Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by Adrian Harris

reviewer#10861 date: Jan-20-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-400G Sony, 18-200 Sony, 10-20 Sigma, Various others and systems.
price paid:330 GBP New
positive:Performs faultlessly.
Very inexpensive.
comment:I bought this lens new a year ago to match my new A77 and it was and still is a match made in heaven. This lens almost never comes off, except when I either need to go a lot longer or a lot wider. It is sharp, focuses fast and accurately, it is made well and handles beautifully. The only slight negative I can find on this lens, is that it has some very slight CA wide open at the wide end. But we are talking slight and the A77 removes it automatically on the in camera JPG's. Plus lightroom4 which I use removes it automatically from the RAW files. From literally thousands of shots of all types of subject it does not seem to suffer from any purple fringing or flare. At the price it is a steal and highly recommmended.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.53
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 4.76
  • distortion: 4.06
  • flare control: 4.47
  • overall: 4.46 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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