DP Review just posted their review of the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, giving it a Silver Award.
They commented, "Its combination of extended focal length range and faster aperture offers useful extra compositional flexibility compared to an 18-55mm F3.5-5.6, and the optics are overall better too."
I'm still putting this zoom through its paces, but I've published two reports myself: Natural Light Portraits with the Sigma 17-70mm "C" Lens and Macro Mode on Sigma's 17-70mm Enthusiast Zoom. In my shooting, I liked the macro mode a bit more than DP Review, who felt, "...in practice this equates to a very short working distance between the lens and the subject. This means you'll often find yourself blocking out your own light, or casting a visible shadow on your subject." I guess it depends on which direction the light is coming from.
Overall, however, I think we both agree that the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM zoom lens is a good investment at $499 and a sweet upgrade to your existing kit lens.
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