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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

[via DXOMark]