Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review

The Imaging Resource has posted a full review of the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens. This is the Sigma’s second lens in their new Contemporary series. Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM “C” was announced at the 2012 Photokina show.

Sigma’s latest addition to their “Contemporary” line-up, the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens features an aperture of f/2.8 at the 17mm focal length and is ideal for portraits, sports, macro and general photography.

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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review

From the Imaging Resource review :

  • The Sigma 17-70mm “C” is surprisingly sharp, especially when compared to its predecessor
  • Chromatic aberration is handled quite well outside of the extremes in the focal ranges capable of the lens (23-50mm), but at the 17mm and 70mm ends we note some considerable chromatic aberration
  • Corner shading is only a problem in two cases: when the lens is used at 17mm, or when the lens is used at any other focal length and at its widest aperture
  • […] the lens was able to focus between infinity, close-focus and back to infinity in around one second
  • 0.34x magnification [for macro]
  • With the new “Contemporary” 17-70mm ƒ/2.8-4 OS HSM “C”, Sigma’s created a smart and stylish upgrade to its kit-lens alternative. There’s a good recipe for sales here: make it look awesome, and don’t jack up the price too much.