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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for Nikon

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  • 30% more compact than previous lenses of its type
  • Close fucusing distance of 22cm
  • FLD, SLD and Aspherical lens technology
  • Optical Stabilisation and high speed autofocus
  • Lens can be customised when used with Sigma's USB Dock

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm ; 467 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
  • Item model number: 884306
  • ASIN: B00AXZZ034
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Jan. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,181 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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With its wide zoom range, this lens has a focal range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm camera. Thanks to Sigma's latest technologies, it's exceptionally lightweight and 30% more compact by volume than previous lenses of its type. Its low F-number equips photographers to shoot subjects at extremely close range, making this the perfect lens for travel, family photos, artistic compositions, and many other uses. It's a compact lens ideal for everyday use, offering uncompromising optical performance, functionality, quality, and elegance.

Contemporary line can handle all sorts of photo opportunities Sigma is organising all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, the Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Incorporating the very latest technology in these lenses, Sigma has solved the difficult problem of keeping size and weight low without compromising optical performance. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM is the first product from the Contemporary line. Featuring a wide zoom range, the lens has a focal range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm camera.

Excellent for macro photography This lens' minimum focusing distance is 22cm and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.8. At 70mm, the working distance becomes 5.52cm. When it comes to telephoto, it can shoot pictures with a similar sensation to a macro lens. Also, without the need to change the lens, it enables photographers to take close up pictures of subjects such as jewellery and flowers. In order to secure a clear field of view, the design of this lens is very throughout, even down to the precise position of the engraved letters on the lens.

30% smaller than conventional models For a lens which is used used in everyday situations, the small size makes a big difference. By incorporating a smaller OS unit and optimising the structure and power distribution of optical elements, the lens barrel has now become more compact. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, the new compound material TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, is introduced for the lens barrel. It results in better durability of the parts and smaller zoom rings and scale rings. The dimension of this lens is 30% smaller than our conventional models.

Superior image quality throughout the entire zoom range This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and 3 aspherical glass lenses including a double sided aspherical lens. By optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration have been corrected. From infinity to macro, it achieves superior image quality through entire zoom range. This lens offers extraordinary expressive power and is capable of surpassing the requirement of the rigorous checking process of our new MTF measuring system “A1”.

Large maximum aperture of F2.8 The aperture value is F2.8 at the wide end (17mm), and is F4 at the telephoto end (70mm). The bright viewfinder aids focusing and composition of images. The fast apertures also offer useful functions such as fast shutter speeds to prevent an object from being blurred and ensuring a smooth bokeh in the background.

Optical Stabiliser Sigma's own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function is incorporated. It offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops, which makes it possible to compensate for camera shake even in macro range photography where a small blur can be easily identified.

Flare and ghosting conscious design In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

Rounded diaphragm The 7 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

Hyper Sonic Motor Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) delivers high AF speed and extremely quiet performance.

Ease of use The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch has been improved.

Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.

Box Contains

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS Macro HSM
Lens Hood
Front and Rear Caps
Instruction Manual
1 Year Warranty Card


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After researching the butt out of the Nikon D5200 the choice came down to a combo with the 18-55mm kit lens or the camera body and this lens. I concluded that if I got the combo kit I would need to buy a prime 35 or 50mm lens for portraits, however the majority of reviews I read on the internet showed how well this lens takes portrait pictures and zooms to 70mm a real all in one lens except for sport or telephoto shots. I got the body and this lens for roughly the same price as the kit lens plus prime 35 or 50mm and Wow what a lens! I can use the camera without having to lens swap for 90% of what I photograph, I just love it. I am really glad I bought this lens.
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One Word!!! Fantastic, I am using this Lens with my Nikon D7100, Optics is Superb, replaced it with my Kit Lens as a walk about... posted examples of some images i have taken over last 4 months....Just buy it like i did as you want be disappointed
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Was not sure what mid range zoom lens to go for,narrowed it down to the Nikon 18-85mm or the Sigma 17-70mm.f/2.8-4 DC Macro.Have always used Nikon lenses,so with some doubt I ordered the Sigma lens.After ordering it it was touch and go whether I should change my mind or not.The lens arrived on time well packed,so just could not wait to attach it to my D7000,tried some indoor shots, was very pleased,still doubtful I went out at night to shoot some Christmas lights in town. Now there are no more doubts the lens preformed well,auto focus was fast and sure and photos were sharp.The photos were taken in aperture priority with ASA set to 800 it preformed well at f/2.8 closing to f/11 and a variety of focal lengths were tried.Now I am glad that I got the Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro lens.
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By Stevo on 7 Sept. 2013
I pondered over what to do with my lenses for ages and like most photography enthusiasts read every review going before deciding.I already had the nikon 18 105 and 50 f1.8.I used the 18 105 a lot as a walk around and the 50 for portraits. I like the 18 105 as it's great for the money but I wasn't keen on the build.as I'm usually very busy I found I wasn't hardly using the 50mm although it's a great lens.I therefore decided to sell up and get something that would combine the two.I looked at the sigma 17 50 f2.8 and the nikon 16 85 and finally got this one. All I can say is, I'm glad I did.this lens is very sharp, probably as sharp as the 50, which is the new version, at most apertures. The build is elegant and really nicely weighted.it feels great to use and has a beautiful zoom action.the 70mm end at f4 is just enough to get a shallow depth of field for portraits and the semi macro works surprisingly well.the only downside is the the focus ring rotating which can sometimes catch your hand whilst you hold the lens.overall a great buy.love it.I feel almost semi pro with this on my d5100!
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Firstly I am only a keen amateur, but like you might be doing now, I laboured over this purchase for ages and read reviews until I was sick of them, but I'm very glad that I eventually went for this lens. I will detail my buying process to help those who may be considering similar things.

Before buying, I had the F/1.8G 35mm Nikon Prime (which I love!), and the 18-55mm kit lens for my D3200. I was originally planning to go for the Sigma 18-250 superzoom for a walk about lens and kit lens upgrade, but thinking about it, I would very rarely need a superzoom as I never really photograph sports and I don't go on safaris anywhere near as often as I would like! So I started to look at the 16-85 Nikon, this 17-70 Sigma or the 17-50 2.8 Sigma. I quickly discounted the 16-85 as I figured it was quite expensive for a relatively slower aperture and seemed quite an old model, compared to the two Sigmas.

All the reviews I had read on the 17-70 had been very positive, my concern however would be that I love my prime so much that I just won't ever use this. Of course as I'm sure you are aware, every lens is a compromise, so I decided the 17-70 had the most features that I wanted. The reasons I decided to go for this are listed below and these reasons have proved to be good choices having used it for some time now...

Good, fast aperture (nb: is only F/2.8 at 17mm). Also 4.0 at 70mm is definitely enough to allow a nice blur on your photos

Macro capability: even though not full macro, good enough for an amateur like me

Weight: at 465g (Amazon's weight listing of 544g is wrong) it is at the max I would want for a lens personally, especially when being used to the prime lens. The other two lens I was considering were heavier.
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After my huge disappointment with the Nikkor 35 - 70 mm lens, I began to explore other possibilities.

I became enthusiastic about finding a Lens that I could use for Street Photography, so when I chanced upon the Sigma 17 - 70 mm, I began to think that this might be a great possibility. I took the leap of faith and purchased this lens. Having purchased other Lenes from Sigma and been highly delighted with the build, functionality and also image quality, I began to feel optimistic about this particular product.

Well, today, I took this lens for a spin, paired with my D90 and I have to say, this lens is absolutely superb. The size of the lens is quite small and compact, not as heavy as the Nikkor 35-70mm and yet it fits beautifully in the hand and on my D90 and feels absolutely perfect. The focal length of 17-70mm is absolutely perfect for Street Photography and my "eye". My images have come out sharp, crisp and with a wonderful colour reproduction straight from the camera-no pp..

I would just like to say that while Nikon Lenses represent a very high standard in optics, don't dismiss what other companies like Sigma can offer at reasonable prices. In my experience, Lenses by Sigma are simply fantastic - I currently own the 18-250mm, 10-20mm and the 70-300mm. Now that the 17-70mm has joined the team, I have a complete set-up and Kit for my D90.

I couldn't be more delighted with the 17-70mm - I am happy to say that this lens is worth the money and represents excellent value for any enthusiastic photographer.
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