Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C (Nikon) review: update to popular standard zoom lens
By Kevin Carter -
Friday June 21 2013
When evaluated against its pricier sibling, the similar DxOMark scores suggest a similar image quality however at $670 Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon measured a very respectable 10P-Mpix vs 8P-MPix for the 17-70mm. What’s more the 17-50mm f/2.8 also has more consistent performance over the focal range, it’s only when the other metrics are taken into account that the overall score of the 17-70mm starts to approach the 17-50mm f/2.8.
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August 05, 2013
The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is a premium fast 'normal' zoom for APS-C SLRs, which is designed as an upgrade for photographers who have outgrown the 'kit' zooms typically supplied with camera bodies. It was announced at Photokina 2012, as the first lens in Sigma's new 'Contemporary' category of compact general-purpose zooms for everyday photography. It's a successor to a near identically-named lens from December 2009, the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, but is smaller and lighter, uses revised optics, and has a new cosmetic design. Prior to this Sigma made the unstabilised 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC, a lens which was very highly regarded in its time.
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