Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 First Impressions

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When looking for a wide lens, Sigma was the first brand I looked into. I love my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and was hoping to have the same success with a wide lens from them. Well, Sigma amazed me once again.

I searched quite a bit from all brands and decided that I wanted a zoom that went anywhere between 10mm and 70mm and had a no more than a f/2.8. Image stabilization would be great too! Canon offers an 18-55mm but with how poor the 28-135mm was, I did not want to risk it. I love L series but I didn’t have the funds for it. I looked at the Tokina 11-16mm but it was not available for Canon mounts. The Sigma seemed to be a perfect choice and gave me the range and f stop I was looking for along with optical stabilization (OS). The steady f stop of 2.8 is a must have for shooting video. For those of you that don’t know, this means as you zoom in or out, your iris stays the same size. AKA; the image won’t get darker as you zoom in.

Sigma lenses come in a nice soft case, lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and all the warranty information. The OS seems to work very well and I will post test shots soon. The zoom and focus rings are well made and very smooth. When in photo mode the focus is very fast and accurate.

One thing I do not like, and is a big deal for some is how short the focus pull is. Anyone who pulls focus knows that this is already a downfall for DSLR lenses. You have a little over an inch to go from 11 inches to infinity. Not saying it is hard to focus with this lens, but you won’t be doing much focus pulling.

Overall I recommend this lens and will be looking forward to using it. I can easily use this in all my shoots. The only negative is the short focus. I will definitely look at Sigma for my next lens.
(A few more pictures can be seen here)


  1. tristan brown
    December 29, 2010

    Just got this lens. Its amazing so far but haven’t used it for any video…just got the azden sgm1x shotgun mic also. I had a quick question, I have the zoom h4n and I want to record ambient noise with its built in mics while at the same time recording voices with the sgm1x plugged in the xlr input of the h4n. I was wondering how to do this?

    • Rob Ruscher
      December 29, 2010

      That’s great man good luck with all the new gear. Definitely read through the manual to get the most out of the H4n. You want to be in 4 channel record mode.

  2. tristan brown
    December 31, 2010

    Thanks again for all the help and advice, I appreciate it a lot!!! I definitely will read the manual haha


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