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Sigma 58C205 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Lens for Sony Digital SLR Cameras

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  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus
  • Optimized for Sony A-Mount cameras using APS-C sized sensors

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Lens Type Zoom lens Zoom lens Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Format Size APS-C / DX APS-C / DX Information not provided APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F2.8 F2.8 F2.8 - F4.0
Minimum Aperture 22 22 22 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 72 millimeters 77 millimeters 72 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.28 meters 0.3 meters 0.2794 meters 0.22 meters
Weight 1.2 pounds 1.3 pounds 1.2 pounds 1.0 pounds
Dimension 84.0 x 92.0 x 3.6 inches 81.0 x 88.0 x 5.2 inches 3.3 x 3.3 x 0.1 inches 79.0 x 82.0 x 3.5 inches
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Product Details

Style: Sony Digital SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 92 x 84 x 3.6 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B006G7WQOY
  • Item model number: 58C205
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2009

Product Description

Style: Sony Digital SLR Cameras

Large aperture, stabilized, standard zoom lens

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Customer Reviews

Focus is fast an accurate.
Sigma lenses have been ever increasing in quality and are starting to offer a serious alternative to expensive Nikon and Canon glass that is worth considering.
David E. Bunch
The build quality of the lens feels solid.

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274 of 289 people found the following review helpful By Cullen J Hoback on July 27, 2010
Style Name: Canon Digital DSLR Camera
So I've been bouncing back and forth between the big three competitors. If you're looking at this lens, you've probably weighed Tamron's 2.8 17-50 VC and Canon's more expensive but much beloved 2.8 18-55 IS that's been out for a few years. I finally broke down and went into a store to wrap my hands around all three, shoot some comparative video with the various IS/VC/OS, futz with the focus rings and zoom, etc. I did not run a full professional test on the image quality, but those reviews can be easily found online. In most fields the Sigma beats the Tamron, like Bokeh and low distortion. The Tamron is ever so slightly sharper at 2.8. At 2.8, I do get some easily visible circular distortion in the corners with the Sigma when pointing the camera at a window or bright source. I basically determined that image quality between the lenses was a draw. The Canon tests slightly better, but I found looking through that lens for the very first time that I was getting all sorts of unwanted flair at 2.8 indoors. I was at a pro shop in town, and I asked if other rental customers and pros had experienced unwanted flair under those conditions; they said yes. So I finally decided that the difference between all three lenses in terms of optical quality is very slight.

That left price, handle, build, and vibration control.

Price: Canon is about $1080, Tamron is about $550 with rebate, Sigma is about $640 depending on where you buy it (not including tax)

Handle: The Canon had the nicest overall handle. Since I'm primarily concerned with shooting high-end video, the range of focus is particularly important, as is how the focus ring handles (smoothness). On this front that Canon wins hands down.
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282 of 298 people found the following review helpful By Warner M. Smith on May 25, 2011
Style Name: Nikon Digital DSLR Camera
First, lets establish a few things about me, the reviewer, before you go on to read my review. I am a full time professional photographer. fine-art portraits, high school seniors and glamour is where I specialize. I own two Nikon cameras; D300 and D700. I own a total of 5 lenses for use on these camera bodies; Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, Sigma 85mm f/1.4, Sigma 70mm Macro and this lens, Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8.

Immediately, this should tell you a few things. One, I make money doing photography -- full time. I'm a professional and as a professional, I do not take short cuts when it comes to equipment. I need quality and dependable equipment and my gear needs to work hard. My results must meet high standards for my clients. Secondly, if you look at the various lenses I own, you should be able to ascertain that I do not hold loyalties to BRANDING. Yes, I own Nikon cameras and I love Nikon; but contrary to all the fluff out there by the brand using die-hards, you can get great quality pro lenses from the likes of Sigma, Tamron and Tokina for half the price of a pro lens from Nikon. In the end, I'm a consumer who requires quality for value; not quality for the sake of a name branded onto my lens.

My first experience with this lens took place at an on location photo-shoot with another professional. During the shoot, I was using two primes; a 35mm and a 50mm, but at this one particular indoor location, I couldn't get enough separation between myself and the model for a full length view and take in some of the setting. So, my buddy, who is also a Nikon shooter, reached into his bag and handed me his Sigma 17mm-50mm. I attached the lens to my D300 and focused in at 24mm. Just the right length to bring in the scene and my model at full length.
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By QWK SVT on August 18, 2010
Style Name: Nikon Digital DSLR Camera
I am a serious hobbiest, with a Nikon D90. Other lenses in my kit include the 18-105VR, 70-300VR, 300mmf4, 35mmf1.8 and 50mmf1.8. The use of the short fast primes (35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8) really opened me up to available light photography, but I don't always want to constantly switching back-and-forth, or trying to zoom with my feet (which is not always possible in the confines of a small room). There's a time and place for the primes, but I decided that it was time to pick up a fast zoom to compliment what I already had. I tried a couple of options, and was very pleasently surprised by the Sigma 17-50mm OS.

Plain and simple, the lens is sharp. The image center is quite sharp throughout the zoom range, even wide open. The borders are reasonable good at f/2.8, but are noticeably less sharp than the center, when under 30mm. Realistically, I doubt I'll use f/2.8 for many shots where I require critical sharpness for the entire frame. Stopping down to f/4, the image is virtually even, across the frame. 50mm@f2.8 sharpness is comparable or better than the Nikon 50f/1.8, at the same aperture. At all similar focal lengths and apertures, this lens in notably better than the 18-105VR.

The Sigma is as fast focusing as any lens I've used, and other than a couple of misses at slower shutter speeds and f/2.8, focus has been bang on. Honestly, the misses could just as easily have been as a result of user errors, subject motion and/or shallow depth of field, so I'm not knocking the lens here... I also tested the Tamron 17-50VC and, overall, I'd say speed was equal, but the Sigma was far less prone to mis-focusing like the Tammy.
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