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01-17-2010, 02:12 AM   #46
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Another Review this time from Australia

I've come across another review. This one is from Australia, another on a Canon body. It is more encouraging than the previous ones (the Korean one aside as I have not found a way to traslate those pages easily). This person has written a useful review giving his impressions of the lens and providing 100% crop comparisons with two canon lenses. I wish he hadn't done any PP re colour levels and contrast though as I was particularly keen to see the colours the lens could produce out of the box. Some standard shots would also have been useful.

The main review is here:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | David Reid Photography Blog

His initial discussion of the lens started on this Australian forum so there may be some follow up discussion about his review on this thread:

New Sigma 17-70 DC Macro OS HSM 2.8-4 is out?? - Overclockers Australia Forums


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Well it's just as good as the 17-40mm Canon in my opinion for half the price.

I'm torn now, because I want to get an EOS 7D as a second body with the aim of switching to Canon completely but the EF-S 15-85mm retails for around 600 here in the UK and the Sigma lens is about 380. I'd much prefer to save cash.
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In my opinion, this lens is best suited for those owners without SR built into their bodies already. Not much use with our Pentax bodies, unless you just have to have the HSM...

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If they have the same IQ and sharpness with the old sigma 17-70 I will choose the old one
for the cheaper price and better macro

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More sample images

wymjym has now posted more test images using his Nikon camera on the dpreview forum. The links to the images are here:

Re: full size images......any 17-70 OS owners yet?: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

and here:

Re: full size images......any 17-70 OS owners yet?: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Apparently Sigma still can't give a definite date for when the new lens will be available in the UK. "Late January" is what I have heard previously.

06-08-2010, 01:52 AM   #51
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Has anyone been having any issues? I just picked this one up for my Pentax K7 and I notice that the focusing seems very 'notchy', the focusing is not as smooth as I would have expected it. Focusing is very difficult in low light, the lens seems to 'jump' when searching for the correct focus. I also have a Sigma 70-200mm II HSM, focus with this lens is super fast and smooth. So I'm guessing that HSM compatability is not a problem. Any ideas as to why the 17-70 would be having difficulties? Or have I just got a dud?
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I'm having some issues with my Sigma 17-70. At first I thought it was a bit soft but now I think it is a back focus issue (that appears to effect infinity too).

Photos taken with LV have much better focus.

Now doing some tests to confirm whether it is a camera issue or lense issue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
That happened to me the very first time I bought my constant f-stop zoom.
It really is a disease, once you go constant, you cant go back. Actually, once I got the da* 50-135 I was never satisfied with my kit lens for anything and I HAD to have the 16-50 to make my entire range constant ap. Once you go constant ap, you have to have ALL constant ap

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IS in Pentax and in this lens is not apples to apples..

QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
So...what exactly is the appeal of an image stabilized lens on a Pentax (other than maybe an *ist series or K110D)?

The stabilization in the Siggy OS lens offers 3-4 stops vs the 2 stops inherent in the Pentax SR in camera . Appreciable advantage, as the Pentax in body stabilization is adequate at best, IMO.

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