Sigma made waves when it announced the 18-35mm F1.8 zoom lens a few months back, they made waves again when they announced that the price was only going to be $799. Now this lens is impressing even more with the latest DXOMark results, which place this lens as the highest performing APS-C Zoom they have ever tested.
The new lens scored a total of 25 on its DXOMark exam, that score beats out the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM and Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, both of which are top of the line full frame lenses. For sharpness the 18-35mm F1.8 scored a 15, keeping it on par with the best performers in that space as well.
I don’t like to put a ton of stock into lab tests like DXOMark, but these results are impressive to say the least. I mean this lens even out performs even some primes, and i’m not talking junk primes i’m talking Zeiss primes.
When compared directly to the closest competing Canon zoom, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM, a lens that is $400 more expensive it is hard not to see the value in the Sigma. The Sigma outperforms the Canon is almost every category, and like I mentioned above even beats out way more expensive L series glass.
I am planning on getting this lens for my 7D, I think it will work well for me and save me some money as well. Needless to say its my opinion that if you own an APS-C camera with a mount that this lens comes with then you should be seriously considering this lens. We are getting this lens in for review soon and will be doing a full real world test review (not in a lab), so stay tuned.