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

reviewer#11231 date: Jul-1-2013
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 SAM
minolta 50mm 1.7
Sony 35mm 1.8
price paid:£390 new
positive:Image quality and weight
comment:I have owned this lens for over 3 years. I have constant brilliant results. Its build quality is plastic but its solid and have used it on my previous a55 and currently on my a77. Its my favourite walk around lens and doesn't disappoint. The os feature is a bonus and IMO the lens os is better than the built in sss on both of the cameras I own. Its been back to sigma for a software update (free) when I upgraded to the a77. Its a keeper. I often toy with buying a 17-50 or 16-50 2.8 but just cant justify the extra money or loss of reach..I know i would gain some DOF advantage but the pros of this lens outweighs the cons its not as sharp as my small primes (sony 35mm 1.8) (minolta 50mm 1.7) but thats is to be expected.but stopped down its pretty good unless you pixel peep. Its wide angle at 17 has some distortion but easily fixed in lightroom...I would always recommend this lens...

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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