Product Comparison: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR vs Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM

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General Specifications
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM
About the Product
Take photos and videos that are anything but ordinary with this state-of-the-art 16-80mm DX-format zoom lens. With a fast f/2.8-4 aperture, VR image stabilization and Nikon's advanced lens technology, it covers wide-angle to portrait views with absolutely brilliant image quality.
The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM OS is the first lens in the Contemporary line of Sigma’s Global Vision. The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 was designed to be the ideal all-purpose lens for APS-C DSLRs.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture
2.8 /f
2.8 /f
Minimum Focal Length
16 millimeters
17 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
80 millimeters
70 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Camera Lens
  • The 16-80 was sharper at all apertures from F4 through F16. It did not matter what focal length I was at.
  • I compared the 16-80 (set to 34mm on my D7200) with the Nikkor 50mm F1.8 mounted on my D750. Again, I was surprised that the 16-80 actually looked better at all apertures.
  • The 2.8 - 4 aperture means that it's great in low light situations, too.
  • It's heavy, expensive but gives a quality picture head an shoulders above all the other Nikon lenses in this focal range.
  • The only disadvantage of this Nikon lens was one single thing: the maximum aperture drops from an excellent f2.8 to a still-good f4.0 when you zoom it all the way to 80mm.
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for Canon
  • It's super sharp when you set the aperture narrower than f/8 and the 70mm of focal lenght really can come in handy.
  • Excellent lens, very sharp and quick to focus, the range is all you need in most situations, big aperture makes it versatile and a good performer even in low light.
  • The focal range covers 90% of what I need and the faster aperture is useful.
  • Distortion is acceptable and fairly easy to fix and set at optimum apertures, edge and corners are fine depending on how big you're going to print of course.
  • It doesn't have quite the focal range and the pictures I have taken are not clear and sharp.
Size & Weight
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.3 in.
3.2 in.
16.1 oz.
16.4 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Camera Lens
  • Zoom range good. Aperture good. Stabilisation great! Size and weight just fine.
  • It's the best lens I have purchased. It's lightweight and the focus and VR is amazing.
  • This is a great lens in just about every respect. Lightweight. Quality construction. Great performance.
  • It's a good lens. Very light and comfortable on my Nikon D500. I can shoot a full wedding with just this lens and that saves me from carrying additional lenses.
  • Great lens and great low light capabilities. A little heavy, but that's good glass for you.
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for Canon
  • Excellent lens for its size, photo quality on my Canon 60D is fab!
  • The size of the lens is quite small and compact, not as heavy as the Nikkor 35-70mm and yet it fits beautifully in the hand and on my camera and feels absolutely perfect.
  • I love this lens. It is bright, reasonably compact, not too heavy, focusses down to next to nothing and complements my 70-200mm perfectly.
  • It's quite heavy, at almost half a kilo, plus it drains the battery more quickly than the kit lens.
  • Its a bit heavy, the lens cap its tricky to fit, and it has a tendency overexposure in low light with my camera but manageable.
Minimum Focus Distance
13.78 in.
8.6 in.
Field Of View
83° - 20°
79.7º - 22.9º
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Manual Focus, Auto Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Camera Lens
  • Focus is fairly fast and accurate except for very close up but is certainly not as silent and as quick as it should be for the price.
  • The focus speed seems similar to the 24-120, and the VR seems to work as advertised.
  • This zoom is the equivalent of a 24-120mm lens on an FX camera. The IQ is very acceptable for a compact zoom lens.
  • Great all-purpose lens. Nice zoom range that covers most of what you need.
  • Zooming ring isn't consistent in movement, the motor is noisy for this price!
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for Canon
  • The OS system is very unobtrusive compared to my Canon zoom but it still seems to perform well in all conditions.
  • Macro shots are quite spectacular and the auto-focus is very fast and pretty accurate, but can be easily switched to manual mode if needed.
  • The quality of the image is great and focus perfect & fast on my Canon. Much sharper than my old 16-85mm lens.
  • I really like this lens. My first Sigma lens and it's very impressive. Images are sharp, bokeh is pleasant, auto focus is quick.
  • The focus ring doesn't rotate far which increases the difficulty of manual focusing slightly but is in no way a deal breaker.
  • AF/Manual focus switch is a little hard to move, could be a good thing, and I may get used to it.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
Lens Groups and Elements
17 Elements in 13 Groups
16 Elements in 14 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
72 millimeters
72 millimeters
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements, IF Lens, Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism, Nano Crystal Coat, ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass, AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Fluorine Coating, Super Integrated Coating, Vibration Reduction
Sigmа USB Dock, HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor), Lens hood, lens caps are included, Aspherical Lens
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Camera Lens
  • The electromagnetic diaphragm now allows aperture adjustment in Manual and Aperture modes so you can adjust the aperture in Live view for both still and movie modes.
  • It is a very good lens at a very high price and that even the fantastic VR is not so fantastic with the newer high ISO sensors on offer.
  • A specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism operates in precise sync with the camera's shutter for reliable exposure control during high-speed sequences.
  • Making it easier to wipe off water, dirt and smudges, the front and rear lens elements have Nikon's exclusive fluorine coat.
  • Lens works very poorly with my Nikon camera, does not transmit all the characteristics that have been described.
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for Canon
  • Appears to be acceptably sharp at all apertures and focal lengths. This lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock, so it can be fine-tuned to correct back-focus or front-focus.
  • Relatively bright, good focus speed thanks to HSM and cool design.
  • It's compatible with the Sigma Dock which can be purchased separately to attach the lens to the computer and provide advanced control over focusing adjustments.
  • Front element does not turn during focus. Great for polarizers and gradient filters.
  • Lens cap doesn't snap on tightly, I have to snap it on, then screw it tight.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
1069.95 $
339.00 $

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