On the fotogenerell blog, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens has often received a lot of positive feedback and in my opinion it is one of SIGMA’s evergreens. And this isn’t the case for no good reason – the all-round lens from SIGMA’s promising Contemporary series guarantees what the manufacturer promises. Compared to many lenses from SIGMA’s premium class, the Art series, the lens is very compact and light, which is why I prefer packing it in as a travel companion with the other heavier lenses. To me this lens has always been more than just a good backup – it has taken many of my favorite pictures.
With a consistent open aperture of 2.8 you move in a field of great photographic liberty in terms of lighting conditions. I’ve tested it in every possible situation – from sunshine to studio shots and a dark nocturnal sky. And the performance of the lens didn’t disappoint me.
Beyond this, there’s also the variety of fixed focal lengths that it offers. With 17mm you can take good far-angle shots in the fields of travel, architecture and landscape photography. With 35mm on the APSC camera or 50mm, respectively, you’ll get the best typical focal lengths for portraits as well.
By the way, the close-up limit of the lens is 24 cm, which I find very comfortable as I like getting quite close to my subjects without being forced to use a macro lens for this very often.
For this blog article I’ve chosen some photos for you which I took on my recent short trip to the Alps. In spite of the sunshine it was raining heavily on that day. It felt like a first summer storm. As the rainfalls diminished I couldn’t stay in my apartment any longer because of the unique lighting mood, and so I ran out into the wilds with my camera and the SIGMA 17-50mm. On the meadows in front of the building I didn’t only find lush green grass and flowers with water drops but also an amazing rainbow. Aren’t photos just a great piece of evidence for the quality and performance of a lens?
By the way, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 is available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and of course for home-made SIGMA cameras. I can only recommend it – both as a compact travel companion on great trips to faraway countries and on photo tours in your home town. You won’t get disappointed.