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Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro one of the best kit lenses for Nikon

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro can be a basic kit for the Nikon camera

     Today I will bring you the information about one of the best kit lenses for Nikon – Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro. This lens is called “a good lens for the good price”. This is obviously true, because this lens example brings us the finest balance between price and quality. However, in my point, it can be still expensive for sure.
There are 2 editions of Sigma 17-70mm dc macros: f2.8-4.5 and HSM with f2.8-4.0 aperture. I had occasion to sample the first one with a little bit smaller aperture on maximal zoom.

I have tested the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro within 2 issues basically: macro itself and night photography quality. Other issues also have been mentioned in this description, although I was not focused really on them, because they are described on the web.
First of all, let’s take look at the macro feature. This lens has a macro in its name, but sometimes the “macro” in the name doesn’t provide the real macro feature in the lens.
In the case of this lens, the macro works fine. To be honest this is the best macro, as I had occasion to see. Recently I have shown you the macro from the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro lens. The macro in Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro is far better than in the previous example, although when you enclose the lens to the object too much you may have problems with shadow. Enclosed camera with Sigma 17-70mm zoom lens cast shadow on the photographed object, so it causes problems with sharpness (Pic. 1, 2).

Sigma 17-70mm macro example

Pic. 1 The Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro example: too close to the object with 70mm: yellow arrow shows sunlit area, the grey arrow indicates the shadow area, 70mm, f.8 1/100, ISO 400.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro example

Pic. 2 Wooden plank in Sigma 17-70mm macro image, cropped picture.

But the macro in 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 dc is still very nice when using the lower zoom, e.g 50 mm only or capture the photo from a bit longer distance (Pic. 3, 4).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro example2

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro example3

Pic.3,4 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro photo with the object photographed from around 30cm distance, 70mm, f9, 1/100s, ISO 400: 3 – normal picture, 4 – cropped picture.

I had my photo area shady in both cases, that caused a poor sharpness at the outcome. Doing the macro photos from a very short distance to the object may show the chromatic aberration. On the wooden plank example when you look on the long dark slits you can spot a bluish tint on the edges (Pic. 5,6).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro chromatic aberration

The problem disappears when extending the distance to the object. From around 30cm the aberration is practically invisible, however the picture could be sharper (Pic. 7, 8).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro chromatic aberration2

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro chromatic aberration2

Pic. 5,6 Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro photo with a few cm distances to the object shows the chromatic aberration, that appears on the edges of dark slits (red arrows) as a bluish tint, 70mm, 1/40s, f7.1, ISO 400: 5 – normal photo, 6 – cropped picture.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro wooden plank

Pic. 7, 8 The wooden plank with nail captured with Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 from around 30cm distance, 70mm, 1/125s, f.9, ISO 400: 7 – normal photo, 8 – cropped picture.

Let’s have look at the other macro examples with wooden plank below…

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro wooden plank2

Pic. 9 Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 Macro, 70mm, 1/50s, f.8, ISO 400, distance 5cm.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 macro wooden plank 5cm detal

Pic. 10 Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 Macro, 70mm, 1/30s, f7.1, ISO 720, distance 10cm.

…and on other objects. Macro photography is hard when is windy. In general, the sharp image should be obtained from a minimum of 20cm distance, but you can photo the object much closer in reality.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro example poplar twig

Pic. 11 A poplar twig from around 20cm distance, 70mm, 1/100s f.9, ISO 400.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro example screen button

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro example screen button2

Pic. 12, 13 Screen power button from around 10cm distance, 70mm, 1/30s, f.4, ISO 500: 12 – normal image, 13 – cropped image.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro example screen button3

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro example screen button4

Pic. 14, 15 The screen button, 70mm, 1/30s, f.4, ISO 1000.

Leave the macro for now. The Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro is perfect for night photography. The f. 2.8 aperture works perfectly in the dark conditions. See below:

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Corrie Road residential area at night

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Corrie Road residential area at night2

Pic. 16, 17 Detached house on Corrie Road in Cambridge, 17mm, 1s, f2.8, ISO 6400.

See next night photo examples taken with other aperture values up to f 3.5.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London St. Pancras International

Pic. 18 The St. Pancras International train station, 32mm, 1/13s, f3.5, ISO 6400.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Sicilian Avenue

Pic. 19 Sicilian Avenue, 17mm, 1/15s f2.8, ISO 3200.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Covent Garden

Pic. 20 Radisson Blu Edwardian in Covent Garden, 19mm, 1/60s, f.3 ISO 3200.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Soho

Pic. 21 London – Wardour Street in Soho, 17mm, 1/15s, f2.8 ISO 1600.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Tafalgar Square

Pic. 22 Trafalgar Square, 17mm, 1/13s, f2.8, ISO 3200.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Covent Garden2

Pic. 23 Inside of the Covent Garden, 17mm, 1/60s, f2.8, ISO 3200.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Covent Garden Christmas tree

Pic. 24 Big Christmas tree a front of the Covent Garden, 19mm, 1/20s, f.3, ISO 3200.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro London Buckingham Palace

Pic. 25 Near Buckingham Palace, 17mm, 1/6s, f2.8, ISO 3200.

In my opinion, the night photos taken by Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro are perfect. This lens can be useful also for amateur astrophotography. I took a few photos, which are to be seen below. Because I had got a model with broken autofocus again some pictures may not be perfectly sharp, although this is not a thing to looking at this moment. On top of that those pictures have been taken in light-polluted places, so please don’t anticipate the amazing sky photography, only take a look at how the f2.8 – f3.8 aperture works in night conditions.
Before I start to show you the photos see the values of the aperture depends on the zoom:

17-20mm – f2.8
21-25mm – f3.0
26-32mm – f3.2
33-40mm – f3.4
41-50mm – f3.6
51-58mm – f3.8
59-65mm – f4.0
66-70mm – f4.5

Comparing for example to the Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 VR II your picture taken with 55mm zoom by Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro is still much brighter. I believe, that More light for 55mm picture can provide the Sigma 17-70mm HSM models with maximum f4.0 aperture. Possibly the value should correspond to f3.6 or even f3.4 aperture instead of f3.8.
Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Orion constellation Cambridge Corrie Road

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Orion constellation Cambridge Corrie Road2

Pic. 26, 27 The rising Orion constellation captured with Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro, 17mm, 1s, f2.8, ISO 10000 upper and 25600 lower, Cambridge, Corrie Road.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Orion constellation Cambridge Corrie Road zoom

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Orion constellation Cambridge Corrie Road zoom2

Pic. 28, 29 Pic. 28 The rising Orion constellation captured with Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro, 55mm, 1s, f3.8, ISO 25600 upper and 6400 lower, Cambridge, Corrie Road.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Auriga constellation Longstanton

Pic. 30 The bright Capella with rising whole Auriga constellation, closer to clouds you can spot the Taurus constellation with Aldebaran, 17mm f2.8 3/4s ISO 6400, Longstanton. Light fall also clearly visible (see below).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro has basically one, but quite a big disadvantage. This is a light fall, that may disrupt your photo in darker conditions. For instance when you look at the pic.30 you can see darkening areas in both top corners. This is an example of a terrible light fall in this Sigma 17-70mm lens.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 DC Macro light fall

Pic. 31 The Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall drawback in several combinations (optyczne.pl).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 DC Macro light fall2

Pic. 32 The Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall for 17mm zoom graph (optyczne.pl).

The light fall in Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro for 17mm is terrible. To avoid this disadvantage you must change the aperture or zoom (Pic. 31), although you cannot get rid of this totally. Probably the best combination is 50mm f5.6, but most of the pictures, that I used to make have been taken with 17mm zoom.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 DC Macro light fall example

Pic. 33. The live light fall example in Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro, 17mm, 1/30s, f2.8, ISO 500. The yellow wall lit with LED. Pictures taken in artificial light conditions shows a strong light fall feature.

The light fall in Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro appears when your framed area is dark and quite plain-colored (Pic. 30, 34, 35).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 DC Macro light fall example2

Pic. 34 Cambridge, Station place; 17mm, 1/10s f2.8, ISO 1600, light fall marked with red arrows.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall sky

Pic. 35 A new block of flats in building progress near Mill Park Road in Cambridge, 17mm, 1/8s, f2.8, ISO 3200.

When your capturing view includes many objects with different levels of light the light fall feature disappears or at least is much harder to see (Pic. 36) likewise to strong light conditions during the daytime (Pic. 37-39). However, there are some exclusions, especially when our framing area is on the opposite side of the sunlight (Pic. 40).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall Cambridge Station Place

Pic. 36 Cambridge, Station Place, 17mm, 1/40s, f2.8, ISO 6400.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall John Henry Group

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall John Henry Group car park

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall John Henry Group car park2

Pic. 37, 38, 39 – Working the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro in daylight – no light fall at all.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall John Henry Group2

Pic. 40 Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro light fall live example in daylight when capturing the sky on the opposite side of the sunlight.

Even when we spot some darkening in the corners of the picture taken in daylight conditions not alter the fact, that strong light prevents the photo from darkening feature unless you will select the small aperture and very short exposition.

Except for the light fall, that can be a nightmare for the Sigma 17-70mm owners this lens is pretty good and worth its price. The big advantage of the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro is undeniably bigger aperture and bigger zoom range unlike to other kit lenses, that can offer not more than 50-55mm.

At the finish, I would like to show you a few image examples done by Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro John Henry Group Longstanton

Pic. 41 John Henry Group, Longstanton; 17mm, 1/320s, f.10, ISO 400.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Example from Flickr.com

Pic. 42. Black Hilltops across Kamloops Lake, British Columbia (flickr.com).

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Longstanton view on Willingham

Pic. 43. Evening in Longstanton, 17mm, f2.8, 1/2s, ISO 10000.

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Example from Flickr.com2

Pic. 44 The Wast Water in Lake District National Park (flickr.com).

Maybe you will be disappointed with quite a poor explanation of this sigma lens. I could enjoy it for only a few days. I give you a few links below, where you can get more info about Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro detailed functional and test, that has been done throughout over 10 years when this lens has been released.

Mariusz Krukar

Links:

1. Imaging-resource.com: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro review
2. Ephotozine.com: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro review with photo examples.
3. Pentaxforums.com: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro discussions
4. Photoreview.com.au: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 HSM Macro review and specification.
5. Sigma 17-70mm forum
Read also:

1. Brief look on Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro lens
2. Nikon D5300 Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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