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

reviewer#9728 date: Dec-29-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 mm SAM
Tamron 70-300 mm 4,5-5,6 USD
Tamron 70-300 mm 4-5,6 LD Macro
Tamron 60 mm 2 Macro
Sigma 105 mm 2,8 Macro
price paid:9 827 CZK new 390€
positive:fast, accurate and silent AF
good sharpness even wide open
OS perfect for video
solid built and feel
neutral colours
predictable flare
good value for the money
negative:distortion 17-24 mm
rotating focus ring
some CA
constant 2,8 should be better
comment:It replaced kit 18-55 - main reasons sharpness, more light, AF noise / in the scope was this lens, Tamron 17-50 and CZ 16-80 - and in positives you can see what were the reasons to choose this lens. Tamron 20% cheaper but AF noisy and here is +20 mm and OS worth to spend a little bit more but still it is half of the price of CZ 16-80 - I didn't check this lens personally but I don't believe I'd have twice better snaps with CZ.
Now after almost one year usage of this lens I'm convinced it was very good investment.

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