Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM announced

sigma-17-70-lens-osUpdate: the price of the new lens is $449 - see all pre-order options here (different mounts).

Reported 2 days ago, the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is now real. Here is the full press release:

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM. This large aperture standard zoom lens offers an aperture of F2.8 at the 17mm focal length and is ideal for many situations such as portraits, sports, macro and general photography. The OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As the 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 maximum aperture of F2.8 produces an attractive background blur and improves autofocus speed.This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 22cm(8.7in.) throughout the entire zoom range and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, making it ideal for close-up photography. It is possible to focus as close as approximately 4.7cm(1.9in.) from the tip of the lens to the subject making this lens particularly useful for close-up photography.Three aspherical lenses and one ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass element provide 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 and provides high contrast images. The incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet and high speed AF. This lens has a rounded 7 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image. The inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making the lens particularly suitable for using the supplied petal-type lens hood and circular polarizing filters.

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  • WoutK89

    The build lacks a certain wow factor, Nikon already has the 16-85VR DX. It has a Distance window, weather sealed mount (metal mount, I dont know what this Sigma has) but the Nikon lacks in aperture, nonetheless very sharp. Also nice is the 1:2,7 magnification, but I remain skeptical about the (optical) quality compared to Nikon’s lens.

    • WoutK89

      My bad, this Sigma is metal mounted, clearly visible, working on a small screen now 😛

  • ojom

    All Sigma’s is metal mounted.

  • V

    Price ???

    • WoutK89

      $449, see update

      • Lorenzo

        not cheap. What do you think?

        • Sky

          Agreed :/
          But well… you get all these fancy – modern lenses – toys in one pack: Metal bayonet, HSM, optical stabilization, “macro”, nice light, ELD glass… still I wouldn’t buy it.

  • Anonymous

    probably there’s sample variation and bad af? iono just hoping for a good lens

    • overpriced for what it offers (with good luck) as most third party lenses.

  • Chip

    I almost bought the actual version of this lens…I’m glad I waited. I’m going to buy this one soon. I kinda got sick of 5.6ish lenses. Yes, sample variation is a problem, but the good ones are incredibly good and sharp. People who have them wouldn’t exchange them for anything.

    Don’t you people see there’s virtually no option for DX crowd to enjoy a little better quality without tons of money and pounds!? I don’t want to haul and pay for constant 2.8’s and 2x zooms. And then what’s next? 5.6! Nothing in between with a little more speed, sharper and better overall. I’d buy the Nikkor 16-85, but not being 5.6. With this sigma I get 2.8-4 AND sharpness. AND OS. AND ok price.

    • WoutK89

      I am using the 18-70 DX of Nikon, all that’s missing according to your post, is the OS/VR. The aperture is barely a stop difference on both ends.

      What I would miss is the little higher magnification rate.

      I agree on the f/5.6, what is up with that, 18-105 –> 5.6, 16-85 –> 5.6, and there is the advantage of the VR lost, even in “bright days” you need to have the VR switched on at the tele end.

      Nikon, bring on the FX superzoom, even 24-85 f/4 or 2.8-4 would seal the deal for me.

  • Anonymous

    they have the 24-85 2.8-4 already for nikon.

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