Sigma 17-70mm samples

I mentioned the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro not too long ago, eagerly awaiting the first batch of real–world samples from early buyers of the lens. Now they’re here!

PBase user smallufo took photos of his brand new Canon EOS 30D, using his 300D and a Sigma 17-70. This clearly shows the lens’s excellent macro performance, with focus and exposure spot–on in good lighting. He has some portraits using the lens, and based on them I think this lens is a capable performer considering its value.

Also from PBase is Bela Pecsek’s Sydney gallery, with several photos taken with the Sigma 17-70. By far, this is the best outdoor samples I’ve seen for this lens.

Nicky Thurgar is another shooter with this lens, and he she has some photos that shows the lens’s fine qualities.

From these early consumer samples, the lens should be a good seller considering its quality–value balance. There is no doubt that its macro capabilities is superb. Resolution is okay, along with color, saturation, and contrast. Let’s hope that it doesn’t have focusing issues like those reported concerning recent Sigma lenses. In a few more weeks we should get decisive feedback from others on the overall performance and values, along with its weaknesses. Until then, keep shooting!

8 Responses to “Sigma 17-70mm samples”

  1. […] The Sigma 17-70 is now slowly making its way from the retail stores to the very first happy owners of the lens. PBase already has a few users shooting with the said lens, and most of the samples have shown the its capabilities and more importantly, value for money. […]

  2. […] Our search for more sample photos taken with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro has led us to a great gallery of the Minter Gardens by PBase user Alex Tsung. He notes that this lens has much faster and quieter AF than the Tamron 28-75 f2.8, suggesting that Sigma has somehow improved on their typically noisy AF system. Another observation he noticed was the lens closer macro performance compared to the Tamron, just as we have expected. […]

  3. Dennis Lucas says:

    The POP magazine first brought my attention to this
    top quality lens. Purchased it April 24 and used
    it constantly. I am a novice, but it does what it
    is supposed to do – take pictures. It is attached
    to a Nikon D50. Enjoy this site very much.


  4. markku says:

    Thanks DL, I’m glad you like this site. Enjoy your lens, I’m having great fun with mine. :)

  5. Ray Pettit says:

    Hi, you mentioned the name of Nicky Thurgar. You should be describing Nicky as “she” not “he”



  6. markku says:

    Ray, thanks for clearing that up, my fault. :) Fixed now.

  7. peabody says:

    will this lens fit on a 10d?
    does it have an EF mount our an EF-S mount?

  8. markku says:

    It will fit a 10D, as it has a standard EF mount. But if you mount it on a full frame camera, you will get vignetted images.