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Sigma 17-70 mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM optical stabilisation lens for Canon Digital SLR cameras

by Sigma

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  • Minimum focusing distance of 22cm at all focal lengths
  • Aspherical and ELD glass elements
  • Super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Large aperture of F2.8 at the wide angle setting
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensuring silent, high-speed AF

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 226.1 x 200.7 x 7.9 cm ; 522 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 17-70mm f/2.8-4 Canon
  • ASIN: B002ZNJB32
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Dec 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,856 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

The 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens has various angles of view from wide angle to telephoto. It is a versatile lens ideal for several types of photography. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 22cm and maximum magnification of 1:2.7. It has a 4.7cm working distance between the front of the lens and the subject which is convenient for taking close-up pictures. The lens is equipped with Sigma’s own unique OS function. This system allows the photographer to use shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement. The large aperture provides a bright image through the viewfinder and enables photographers to easily check focusing and composition. An ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass element plus one hybrid aspherical lens and two glass mold lenses offer excellent correction for all types of aberrations. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting even when the subject is backlit and provides high contrast images. An inner focusing system and HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensure quiet and high-speed auto focus. This lens has a rounded 7 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive bokeh. The inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making the lens particularly suitable for using the supplied petal-type hood and circular polarising filters. This lens is equipped with a zoom lock to prevent the lens from creeping due to its own weight, and to offer protection whilst the lens is being carried. A magnification scale is displayed on the lens barrel, ensuring ease of use.

Box Contains

  • Sigma 17-70 mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Lens Hood
  • Front and Rear Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty Card

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Gelo on 23 Oct 2010
    I have been using this lens for over a month now and have taken hundreds of photos with it. I will not talk about the specs of the lens as you can read that somewhere else. I'll tell you what I felt after using this (please consider that I am by no means a pro).

    It is such a big improvement coming from someone who only owns a kit lens (18-55 IS) and the 50mm 1.8. What this lens gave me are better overall image quality from the kit lens and the convenience of not switching from one lens to another. The focal length, the 'macro' capability, the silent and fast autofocus and the ability to shoot at f2.8 when you need it (although only available at the wide 17mm) are reasons enough to buy this lens. The images taken at f2.8 and 17mm are not be very sharp but still good. I normally shoot at around 24mm on my 550D and at around f4-f5.6 and I can tell you that the images are really impressive.

    I'm glad I decided to buy this instead of the other options I was considering before (canon 17-55mm f2.8 or canon 24-70 f2.8). I think that those 2 other options would have given me better image quality (I know this because I have tried shooting with those other lenses)but not enough to justify the price. The money I saved will go into my next purchase which will be a super wide angle lens.

    Now some quick notes:

    don't buy this if you want a macro lens (although I have to say it gives you decent 'macro' images)
    don't buy this if you want the super duper best image possible
    don't buy this if want to use this OFTEN at it's shortest length AND wide open AND expect really sharp images from edge to edge

    But, if you are like me who wants a very versatile lens that is still capable of producing impressive images at this price, well all I can say is...go on, add this one to your basket! hehe
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JPW2020 on 26 Feb 2011
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    I bought this lens well aware of the mixed reviews-on balance they were good,but if there was one consistent criticism,it was sharpness,or lack of.

    From about 5 months use now I would say I am very happy with it.In most circumstances it is sharp enough for my purposes.It is undoubtedly best at middle apertures,but contrary to some reports I have seen f2.8 is very usable,though less sharp than when smaller apertures are used.

    It is very solidly built but not too heavy,a noticeable improvement on the kit lens.It feels right in your hand the zoom ring is firm but not too tight and rotates smoothly.There is no zoom creep when being carried around,this sounds like a small point but it is more important than some may realise in terms of carrying comfort.The HSM focusing is fast and near silent.It just feels like a quality lens.No,it is not a true Macro lens but its good enough for me-that said if you want a lens primarily for Macro photography you might want to look elsewhere.

    Looking at it in the round and bearing in mind its very reasonable price compared to ,say, the Canon 15-85 standard zoom it really is a first rate piece of kit and I highly recommend it.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KSG Photography on 15 Mar 2012
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    I am writing this as a professional photographer who needed a high quality 'standard range' zoom, and after looking at Canon's own 24-105 and a few alternatives, I found some fantastic reviews on this lens. Despite my initial fear that you 'get what you pay for', I can honestly say this lens is one of Sigma's 'hidden gems'. First of all - it's sharp: really sharp! At the long end, I A-B'd it with my Canon 70-200 f4 L, and whilst it may not be AS sharp as the Canon, it's pretty damned close. As for speed of autofocus, I've used this lens for weddings, portraits as well as Thai boxing and Mixed Martial Arts fights and I absolutely LOVE it. The f2.8 is handy in low light and, admittedly it would be nice to have it constant through the zoom range, I can live with it.
    All in all - HIGHLY recommended.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hill on 19 Dec 2010
    I had my doubts about this lens after using a previous Sigma, the previous one had never produced good shots and game the images a strange not-quite-blurred look. So I was a little hesitant when all of the reviews were saying this is a fantastic lens.

    I now agree, this lens IS fantastic. I took it with me on a week long trip to Tokyo as my only lens and I took 1,400+ photos with it. It is fast and the optical stabilisation really helps in lower light conditions. The focus is very fast and very accurate. All of the pictures from the trip came out much sharper than most images I had taken before. The build quality is very good with the rubberised rings being very nice. My only tiny gripe is that I kept mistaking the zoom lock for the autofocus switch, this is probably my fault however as I stopped doing it once I got used to it.

    Basically, buy it and don't forget the UV filter.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Poison Pen on 2 Mar 2012
    This was the second lens I have ever purchased, the first being the canon 50mm 1.8. I went for this after taking a holiday in Malta and wanted a brilliant all round lens for architecture shots of scenery and also close up macro work for jewellery photography. This lens covered all bases no problems. I've also shot arena shows with this and it was excellent considering how many places I have lugged it around carelessly to over the years.

    The best option for what I wanted a lens to do and it still serves me well 3 years later. Would do nothing but recommend if you're still wanting an excellent lens at a higher than mid range price.
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