griggsjiml's reviews

  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro

    4 out of 10 points and not recommended
    small - light - fast to use in the correct light
    focus issues in backlit subjects and low light

    I have had numerous problems with focus on this lens. It seems to just give up once it gets close and says, "Good Enough". I use it for portrait and wedding work and about 15% of the time in backlit settings which I use a lot in portrait work it is soft to the point of not being usable. I am getting ready to sell it to someone who will use it for outdoor landscape type stuff in good lighting. Replaced it with a Canon 24-105L IS. My friend George Lepp told me I would not be happy with this lens and he was correct. I e-mailed him and said, "you win; I bought the Canon 24-105." This is a good lens for certain subjects but I would not recommend it for weddings and portrait work. When it is sharp, the images are very sharp indeed but when it is soft they are terrible.

    reviewed December 11th, 2008 (purchased for $440)