Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by dannymatronic
|dannymatronic#9495 date: Oct-13-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 50 f1.7|
Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
18-70 kit lens
|price paid:||310GBP (new)|
Fast for a standard zoom
|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.