Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2006.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

The lens has macro-properties but is unable to reproduce things in their real size (otherwise called '1:1'). You should therefor consider taking the term 'macro' with a pinch of salt and if the macro-possibilities you are looking for you should perhaps look at other options.

Images taken by Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro

Before reading further, here are a few images taken with Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro that might inspire you. Click on the image you want to know more about. Each image has information with which camera and settings it was shot with.

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Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is designed and meant for Canon and Nikon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.

Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. The possibility to use autofocus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in autofocus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate autofocus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.

The lens has a focal length of 17-70 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 27-112 mm if you have a Canon camera or 26-105 mm if you have a Niko camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8-4,5.

This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.

One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 17 mm the lens brightness is f/2,8 and at 70 mm the brightness is f/4,5. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 72 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH780-04 581".

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by several newer versions. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The price (more info)
  • A lens hood is included
  • Light weight (455 gr)
  • No built-in autofocus motor (the Nikon version)
  • Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
  • No built-in image stabilizer
  • Poor aperture value with its f/4,5
  • A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
  • The lens is called 'Macro' but can not reproduce at a scale of 1:1
  • This lens has been replaced by several newer versions
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust

Specification

Product Name:Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro (See dictionary)
Release date: 2006
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Macro
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
Compatibility: Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/2,8-4,5
The lens aperture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/2,8 at 17 mm
f/4,5 at 70 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 17-70 mm

This is a "DC" lens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 
On Canon cameras: 27-112 mm
On Nikon cameras: 26-105 mm

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 15 elements / 12 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 20 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood: LH780-04 581 (included)
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 79 x 82 mm
Weight: 455 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 580 USD
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Product Page (Sigma):

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Reviews

fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
ephotozine.com
fredmiranda.com
slrlensreview.com
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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2006) Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro
(2008) Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC HSM Macro
(2009) Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro

Alternatives to Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS

Alternatives to Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC Macro. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR

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