Reviews and Problems with Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
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Not what I hoped for
Al Swanson, Amazon
9 April 2014
Summary: I've owned more than 50 dslr lenses over the past ten years and I've been disappointed only twice. I've never had the "bad copy" that you hear so much about. The first digital slr I ever owned was a Canon Rebel and I knew nothing when I bought it. Nothing about digital and nothing about modern lenses. I had owned many film cameras and lenses but it had been many years. So those first two lenses includeda real dud. That one was on me.
Summary: Overall this is a great walk around. I would recommend it. If you're searching for more of a wide and and more of a zoom then I'd highly recommend the Canon 15-85. That lens is 'L' quality. This lens won't give you that kind of quality but it is cheaper and it's great for the casual user. The bokeh on this lens is nice and color contrast is nice as well. I do wish it was a constant 2.8 but I knew it wasn't when I bought it so I can't complain.
Excerpt: It's a great overall, lightweight lens for photography, but not well suited for video applications, which was my primary reason why I bought this lens. The HSM, Hyper Sonic Motor wasn't all that quiet and smooth in auto focusing on my Canon 70D. Also, I wish that auto focusing ring would be wider/bigger and smoother for better fine tune capabilities in manual focusing.
VERY WELL BUILT LENS, ONLY AVERAGE OPTICAL PERFORMANCE
31 July 2013
Summary: This lens is very sleek in appearance and somewhat tightly made. It operates very smooth and mounts firmly into place. The visual appearance is a subjective thing, but I find this new design by Sigma to be quite appealing. Focus is silent, quick, and overall accurate as well, though not as accurate as other zooms I have used and especially my primes.
Summary: this is a very solid lens covering a wide range of focal lengths. It works well for low light situations with a body that handles high ISO settings. I shoot primarily video on a Canon 7D body. The only minor draw back is the aperture shift when you iris up is very noticeable. For me this is only minor as I do not record zooms while I shoot and for still shooting would not be obvious other than you might need to bump your shutter or ISO settings when moving through the...
Summary: The fit and finish of this thing is great. The zooming action is a little stiff but very usable. The focusing ring is a little close to the zoom ring for my tastes. I was constantly accidentally jerking around the focusing ring accidently, but in time you can train yourself to not do this. Image quality on this thing is excellent for the price. You wont find a nikkor with as much bang for your buck.
Summary: I was really excited to order this lens having read a very few topics on it...only released month or two and not many reviews. The two or three reviews were very positive based on fit and finish, imaging and overall value for the money. I removed lens from packing and installed on canon t3i. The lens is comprised mostly of high grade plastics to reduce weight. It seemed to be well constructed and I would say nicely light without being cheap feeling (still about 16 oz.) .