Macro Mode on Sigma's 17-70mm Enthusiast Zoom

Sigma 17-70mm Zoom Macro Mode Canon 60D

There are many things to like about the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens. Its high quality optics, built-in image stabilization, fast f/2.8-f/4 maximum aperture, affordable $499 price tag, and... built-in macro.

To me, having macro on an already terrific all-around enthusiast lens feels like a luxury. So I decided to test its capability, just to make sure I wasn't getting excited about, well, nothing. Fortunately, I wasn't.

I mounted the Sigma zoom on a Canon 60D and played with different close up settings. The maximum reproduction ratio is 1:2.8, but it felt tighter than that. Maybe the cropped sensor of the Canon 60D added to effect.

Lady Bug on Lavender Sigma 17-70mm Zoom Macro Mode Ladybug on Lavender - Sigma 17-70mm on Canon 60D - ISO 640, 1/500 at f/9

The images were crisp with good color and detail. And now that I can trust the close-up ability of the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro, I can move in and out on my subjects even more. Terrific!

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