My Sigma 17-70

I really couldn’t help it, I was too intrigued with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro that I just to get one for myself. The samples were quite good for this new lens I had to test it for myself.

These are just a few samples. I’ve had this lens for around a week now, and in the next few days I’ll be sharing more of my shots with this lens, as well as a brief review. :)

16 Responses to “My Sigma 17-70”

  1. Maran says:

    Thinkin about getting one :-) Can you post 70mm at 4.5? I want to see the bokeh. Thanks

  2. markku says:

    The two photos posted above are at 70mm, f/4.5. :) I’ll try to post crops with my next entry.

  3. Sheetal says:

    These photographs are absolutely Gorgeous! How did you manage to throw the background so much out of focus? When I went to the store to test out the 17-70 lens on the D50, I could barely blur the background at 70mm, 4.5. Made me rethink my purchase decision.

  4. markku says:

    Sheetal, I was very close to the subject while in full zoom, at wide open aperture. Probably an inch or two away. :) Of course if you want to achieve that effect for portraits, a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 or the 85mm f/1.8 would be better suited.

  5. Laura says:

    I’m also thinking about the Sigma 17-70. Now that you’ve had it for a couple of weeks, what do you think? How does it perform indoors? would you recommend?

  6. markku says:

    Laura, I think the Sigma 17-70 is a good performer for its price. However, if you like indoor photography in poor lighting without a flash, I doubt this lens or any zoom would work for you. Indoor shooting is usually better done with large aperture primes.

    But if you were to get a nice all–around lens for roughly 400 dollars, the Sigma 17-70 is definitely worth considering.

  7. Sheetal says:

    Thanks for all your prompt responses Markku!

  8. Rachel says:

    nice close up photos and vivid colors! i’ve heard so many good reviews about this 17-70 and is thinking of purchasing one also. can you recommend another nice lens of this kind (for eos 350d/rebel xt)?

    thanks so much!

  9. markku says:

    Rachel, this lens will work very well with your camera. At this rice range, there is no comparable lens that is as versatile as the Sigma 17-70. But ultimately, it boils down to the type of photography that you usually do.

  10. Janika says:

    Just bought this lens to replace my Canon EFS 17-85 iS and I have high expectations. So far so good, I’ll give it a good test drive on the weekend. I always wanted a wide lens that can do a little macro too. Your images are very nice!

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  12. Chris says:

    I am considering 2 lenses and am stuck, i already have the canon 70-300 NEW IS and love it, but now i am torn between the 17-85 IS and the sigma 17-70 do you think the 17-70 is beter than the 17-85 thanks.

  13. markku says:

    Chris, I haven’t personally tried the 17-85IS but I think it is a bit slower in terms of max aperture. However, Canon’s IS can help you a lot in getting the shots that you want. Most Canon users shooting with the 17-85 provide mixed reviews; I think it is neither very good nor mediocre. In terms of value, the Sigma 17-70 may be a better deal for your money.

  14. jim barr says:

    Hello, I have a sigma 18-200 (non os) been using for
    a while now, results always very good accross the board
    so to speak, Tried the nikon 18-200 and was very
    dissapointed with the colour redition, also sharpness
    was really bad, or non-existant throughout the whole
    focal range, has put me right off nikon lenses, have
    got the nikon D80 which is really good, easy to use with vg results. was thinking of getting the sigma 17-70 seems to get good reports. have always had a nikon camera, Im now 67 yrs, was just put off by the lens, maybe I got a bad one. Jim Barr.

  15. jim barr says:

    Hello, Have got the nikon D80 vg results like it,was
    thinking of getting the Sigma 17-70 am using the 18-200
    at the moment non os, good results all round, the nikon
    18-70 seems to have a good report also,don’t know which
    to get at the moment, just a bit put off by nikon lens
    as it was my misfortune to get the nikon 18-200 vr,it was awful, the colour rendition was nothing like as the eye saw it, the sharpness was really bad-non existant
    got rid quick for the sigma. so Im sure you see why i’m
    a bit hesitant about another nikon lens. Advice is always welcome. Thanks Jim Barr.