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

reviewer#9495 date: Oct-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 35-200xi
Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
18-70 kit lens
price paid:310GBP (new)
positive:Well built
Very sharp
Useful range
Fast for a standard zoom
72mm filter
comment:Purchased this about 6 months ago to be my standard walkaround lens and very happy with it so far. Considered the CZ16-80 and Tamron 17-50 but this seemed to have the best bang for buck of three and is well reviewed elsewhere.

First thing you notice is that it's a very heavy lens - this lends it a premium feel but compromises balance on a smaller body like my A200. It produces sharp, bright images with good colour (not up there with the classic Minoltas, but ok) and is very usuable in low light. If you stop it down a bit then sharpness becomes truly excellent, almost up there with my 50 1.7. At fast apertures the bokeh is also very pleasant.

The macro mode is also very useful, with the lens able to focus right up to about an inch from the lens. This makes a UV filter essential - but also very costly due the 72mm filter size.

In summary. I consider an excellent choice for a walkaround lens on an Alpha body, the CZ16-80 must be very, very good to justify costing more than twice as much.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania