Your favorite "kit zoom," with more options

Your APS-C DSLR might have come with a short-range zoom lens. In a great many cases, this is what we call a "kit zoom" lens, and it does a great job of delivering a lot of versatility while not adding a lot of overall cost to your camera purchase.

The thing that might not be immediately obvious is that they often trade light sensitivity, particularly as they're zoomed in, for those cost savings. So what if you had the great versatility of a kit zoom's focal length with a bit more reach, matched with a light-gathering f/2.8 aperture when zoomed out wide? Add in the ability to shoot small objects at very close distances and you'd have this pinnacle of versatility, the Sigma Photo Contemporary Series 17-70mm zoom lens. Optical stabilization and HSM autofocus technology ensure that more of your pictures will be crisp and clear, even if the shooting conditions are tricky.

Designed to give you everything from a panorama of a sun-dappled river winding through Big Sky country, to tight shot of a desert lizard sunning itself on a nearby rock, this lens is ready for most day-to-day opportunities, whether they're in daylight or low light.

Product Highlights:

  • 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS HSM | C standard zoom lens
  • compatible with Nikon APS-C sensor cameras
    • effective focal length of 25.5-105mm on Nikon APS-C cameras
  • not recommended for full-frame cameras
  • includes new TSC material (Thermally Stable Composite), which allows for increased durability as well a reduction in size by 30% compared to conventional models
  • two FLD glass elements (performance equal to fluorite) combine with one special low-dispersion element for sharp, clear color and contrast across the frame
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for fast, silent focusing
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • minimum focus distance: 8.6 inches
  • constructed of 16 elements in 14 groups
  • filter size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-1/4" long, 3-1/8" in diameter
  • weight: 16.4 ounces
  • warranty: 4 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps

Sigma Photo 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS HSM | C Reviews

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Sigma f/2.8-4.0 lens

Written By Mel C., Buena Park, CA on Saturday, May 03, 2014

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Excellent lens for a novice photographer like me. This zoom lens takes beautiful and sharp pictures and complements my longer zoom lens well. It's perfect for indoor shots with low lighting conditions.

Pros: Lightweight, sharp images, takes nice low light pictures.

Cons: Nothing to date...

Love it

Written By Corelli, NJ on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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I bought it for my travels where I need good everyday lens to shoot mostly landscapes and architecture. This lens satisfies my needs pretty well. It's fast, has fast and accurate AF, and produces excellent pictures. IS works fine allowing to shoot in lower light. It's also well made, zoom is smooth. And it's less expensive than comparable Nikon or Canon lenses, depending what camera you use it for.

Pros: Fast, sharp, fast and accurate AF, IS

great alternative walk around lens

Written By DB Family Photography, Kalamazoo on Friday, June 28, 2013

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Great alternative to the Nikon kit lenses. 1/2 stop faster, very sharp even wide open, extra few mm on both end, and vibration reduction, a clear winner. oh, and it is MUCH cheaper than equivalent Nikons. Sigma really stepped up the quality in their lenses lineup recently with their new Art and Contemporary lines. A good "scientific" review here:

Pros: Light, sharp, good range, 1/2 step faster, cheap... what more do you need?

Cons: weather sealing? for that price you can't ask too much. We'll see how well it last with time. Also specific known bug with the D7100 on the picture review: you can't scroll through the pic at 100% easily. Not a big deal to me.

Preliminary info from the manufacturer

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 17-70mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) - 4 (T)
Weight 16.4 ounces
Parts Warranty 4 Years
Labor Warranty 4 Years