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

reviewer#8669 date: Feb-18-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony 18-55 kit lens
price paid:$530 CAD (new)
positive:- Sharp!
- Solid build
- HSM focusing is silent and quick
- OS useful for video
- Zoom lock
negative:- zoom ring moves in opposite direction (not really a negative, just something to get used to)
- heavy (but still not cumbersome)
comment:I wanted something to replace the 18-55 kit lens on my a55 after using it for vacation and being disappointed in the sharpness, especially when compared to pictures in the same set taken with my Tamron 70-200. I spent a lot of time comparing the Tamron 17-50, Sony 16-105 and Carl Zeiss 16-80 before finding the Sigma.

It's a perfect blend of range, speed, sharpness, and price for a walkaround lens.

rating summary

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  • 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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