Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11726 date: Mar-14-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY SEL 18-50mm: Clearly sharper and better contrast.
MINOLTA 28-70mm G: Much lighter and more sharpnes and contrast.
price paid:used $ 400
positive:Nice good sharpness and contrast. Focuses very well on my A580. I even use it with success an my A900 at APS-C crop.
negative:Zoom keeps creeping out. A bit more cold color then MINOLTA's.
comment:Really didn't need it, but wanted to try it on my A580. It is very nice on this camera and has become my standard walkaround (now also by side of the NEW RX10) lens for this camera. It gives the nice Zeiss sharpness and contrast.

Look at these picktures on a walk in Oslo in the blue hour: www.Oveerik.net/images/20140314_Oslo_i_dag/
reviewer#11651 date: Jan-30-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta af 24-85 on the field, not worse.
Minolta af 28-135mm a very good alternative.
price paid:500
positive:Sony 16-80 /f3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Excellent sharpness wide open, this is the best zoom for Sony Alpha. Use it on a Sony Nex-7, via an adapter Sony La-ea2. Often compare him with Minolta 28-135mm, on the field they are close, but 16-80 misses less. I recommend to all who wants to buy a good standard lens.
negative:vignetting on 16mm, almost impossible to use a filter. The price may be a little lower
comment:At my store of used lenses A Minolta/ Sony A in Russia, with this lens does not want to leave. I often test shots lenses. Here is a link to sample photos Sony Nex-7+La-ea2+Sony dt 16-80 CZ http://sonyminolta.ru/cp41879-sony-16-80-f35-45-carl-zeiss--sony-nex-7-foto.html
reviewer#11641 date: Jan-28-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-105/3.5-5.6
price paid:350€
positive:sharp
negative:lack of SSM
not open 2.8
distortion at 16mm
comment:lots of distortion at 16 mm
except that this lens is very sharp even wide opened
that is almost at constant f/4
reviewer#11571 date: Jan-1-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL24105
SAL35F18
price paid:266 UKP refurbished
positive:Relatively compact and lightweight. Handles the A77's pixel density. Sharp with nice colours and contrast across the zoom range. Stopped down a little bit it manages to be sharp at the edges.
negative:Feels like a kit lens because of the lightweight construction. Has a screw drive rather than SSM or SAM.
comment:The A77 performs distortion correction on JPEGs. Compared with the SAL24105 it's sharper wide open and less purple fringing (negligible below 50mm and not much above that when wide open). The 16mm wide end makes up for the reduction from 105mm to 80mm at the long end. Feels like a good match for the A77 as a walkaround lens.
reviewer#11317 date: Aug-22-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony 50mm 2.8 Macro
- Minolta 24-85mm
- Sigma 10-20mm
- Sony DT 35mm 1.8
- Minolta 100-300mm APO
price paid:
missing
positive:- great image quality and sharpness
- awesome contrast
- perfect range
- stopped down between 35-50mm can match Sony primes in sharpness
negative:- soft in corners wide open
- build quality not so great, wobbly front element when zoomed out.
- heavy distortion at 16mm
comment:This lens is amazing when paired with an aps-c body. As every lens, it has its shortcomings. build quality leaves something to be desired, image quality does not. It is a very nice lens for the price and range (24-120mm FF equivalent).

When stopped down a bit this lens produces amazing super sharp results. Wide open the corners suffer. Overall I am very happy with this lens. I briefly compared it to the Sony DT 16-50mm 2.8 and I would love to have the weather sealing, but the range of the 16-80mm is much more appealing to me as an all rounder when traveling light.

I used this lens mostly on the a65 and the balance is perfect. Great combo, still love it.
reviewer#11112 date: May-14-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL2470z
SAL1635z
price paid:550 USD (used)
positive:Fairly sharp — even wide open
Colors and contrast are great
Nice focal range
negative:Plasticky build
No SSM
2/3 stop slower than competition
Slight distortion and CA
Some light falloff/vignetting at 16mm
comment:Works well on both the A77 and A99. However, with it's APS-C design it is really not made to be used with the A99. In my opinion, this lens has better color/contrast than the 2470z. Since there is no SSM or SAM, the lens is not very good for video in AF mode. Build quality could be better as well.

I purchased this lens refurbished w/ a two-year ADH for just over $600. Definitely worth this price. I'm not sure if I would pay $999 for a brand new 1680z.
reviewer#11107 date: May-11-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 kit
Sony 18-55 SAM kit
price paid:400 EUR
positive:+ great range
+ great IQ
negative:- zoom creep
- the rubber zoom ring has bad quality
- generally not that good build
comment:I have a rather beat up version of this lens. The original cap is broken and I received the lens as-is without a pouch/box. The focus ring is not completely smooth, but AF works without any problems at all.
I really like this lens for it's IQ.
I take it with me for my vacation trips and it performs nicely. The range is perfect and it doesn't weigh too much.
The build quality of this lens could be a lot better.
There is a lot of zoom creep, the hood is wonky, and the rubber from the zoom ring is detached almost completely (it streched out too much it seems).
reviewer#11077 date: Apr-26-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 f2.8
price paid:$580 (new)
positive:Sharp
Reliable
Nice colour
Value for money
negative:Build quality is the only negative I have, but even that is not bad just a little barrel "rattle".
Would love it to be f2.8 at that price.
Not weather sealed
Not SSM
comment:This lens used to sit permantly on my A700 now it sits on my A77. It is such a versatile and reliable lens. I have thought of changing it for the 16-50 f2.8, but I love the extra reach of this lens, and of course the price was better.
reviewer#11075 date: Apr-26-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 kit for KM5D
Sony 18-70 kit for A700
price paid:800 euro (new)
positive:Great and enough fast standard zoom with longer reach
negative:Build quality not the best
comment:The greatist zoom I had for KM5D and A700 from 2006-2012. Owned one of the very first copies in Estonia and it was mounted all the time I needed zoom lens.

reviewer#11041 date: Apr-15-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 24-85 3.5-4.5
70-300G
Tamron SP90 2.8 macro
price paid:750 euro (new)
positive:Sharp in the center
Really good in Color
Light and compact
negative:Strong Fringes in the corners
Not SSM
Not Full Frame
comment:Always a good companion and my standard lens to my A700.
Now I owned a used A900 .
Both A700 and 16-80 on ebay for sale...
I was till now happy with this lens for the budget..
Now an old 24-85 is on A900 and waiting for a brand new CZ 24-70 2.8!!
I strongly recommend sal16-80 if you are in APS format!
reviewer#10884 date: Jan-30-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50
Minolta 35-105 (beercan)
price paid:600 (used)
positive:Perfect colours
Great sharpness
That special micro contrast making things pop out
Great Bokeh

negative:Fragile construction
comment:Finally made the jump to try this lens, despite its mixed bag build reputation.

It turned out my copy did have some oil splash or condensation on the inner lens element - luckily it doesn't affect picture quality. When it focusses the picture at times jumps a little in the viewfinder, it seems somehow a little lose so the build quality doesn't seem to be the best out there.

Having said that, the optics are absolutely fantastic. I've been really happy with my Tamron which is extremely sharp as well - but there is just that extra micro contrast in the Zeiss giving the 3D feel. The Bokeh is an entirely different story compared to the Tamron, it's creamy and soft, especially at 80mm it's beautiful.

I felt the Tamron had not always natural colours especially on my a77, but the Zeiss is cooler and more natural - just beautiful rendition.

The zoomrange is also so much more handy than 17-50, I realized that I really make use of that 80mm in my walk-abouts and landscapeshots.

All in all it's just the perfect lens - if only Sony would improve the build quality!

I still highly recommend this lens!
reviewer#10840 date: Jan-11-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 16-105
minolta 50 1,7
minolta 50 macro 2.8
minolta 28-135
sigma 17-35
sigma 105 macro
minolta 70-210
minolta 28
sony 18-200
minolta 35-105
minolta 28-85
sony 18-250
.
.
price paid:350 eur, used
positive:colours are great
good aperture for zoom lens
bokeh
light weight
negative:build quality
plastic build
sharpness
dark corners at 16mm
unreliable (longevity) AF
comment:
I bought this lens with a big expectations and maby that`s why I was so disapointed. I must say, my copy, is one of the worst lenses I ever had. Sony 16 105 is much more sharper, it has allmost the same colours, OK, bokeh and colours are really great at zeiss and that is all good what I can say about this lens.
The build quallity for zeiss lens and the price is to cry for, zoom creap, sharpness is normal but far from good-at my copy,...but if you compare it with kit lens 18-55, is exelent....
I think the glass in the lens is very good, but everything else what is arround this, so "wanted" lens, is beyond the expectations
Minolta old scholl lenses, they should learn from them...

sorry zeiss but this is not good for your name, which ment something a decade ago...or maybe just my copy was so bed, I sold it
reviewer#10289 date: Jun-11-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta AF 28-105 RS
- Sony DT 50 1.8 SAM
- KM 18-70
- Beercan
- Tamron 17-50
- Sony 55-200 SAM
price paid:550 USD (used)
positive:- Excellent zoom range
- Excellent color and contrast
- Sharp at wide open (center)
- Ultra sharp at 5.6(corner to corner)
- Fast and accurate AF
- Zeiss
negative:- Price
- Build quality could be better
- Not SSM
comment:I have had this lens for a couple of weeks now and I am very happy with its performance.
It's better than Tamron in every aspect except aperture.
My copy is sharper than 50 1.8.
The color and contrast is fantastic, just amazing and this lens is very very sharp.
Unique.
reviewer#10273 date: Jun-8-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma DC OS HSM 18-50/2.8-4.5
Sony DT 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:600 (Used)
positive:Nice Range (great walkaround)
Good aperture (though not ideal)
Great Microcontrast & Colors
Nice heft (but not excessive)
Focuses great on A65
Carl Zeiss
It just FEELS right
negative:No SSM
Not as fast as other lenses (aperture wise)
Some CA
Expensive
comment:Very good lens, a nice step up from the Sigma DC OS HSM 18-50/2.8-4.5 I had before especially on my 24 MP A65 (the Sigma was fine for my previous 10MP A200).

I have noticed a bit of barrel distortion on the lower end of the zoom range but nothing too bad.

Lens is very good walkaround overall. I just wish it had SSM (especially given the price).

I don't think it's worth the $999 New asking price though, I'd go for the Sony 16-50, Tamron 17-50 or Sony 16-105 instead. It is cool to say you have a CZ lens though...
reviewer#10199 date: May-14-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f2.8, sigma 17-70
price paid:£400
positive:Colours, bokeh, flare control, sharpness, weight
negative:Aperture
comment:Excellent lens. A great walkabout with perfect APS range making it suitable for landscapes to mid-range telephoto. Of course a constant f2.8 would be great but then it would weigh and cost more.
The colours are a dream and the bokeh is excellent. Very sharp and well recommended.
better than the Sigma 17-70 and on a par with the Sony 16-50
reviewer#10091 date: Apr-7-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300G, Sony 100/2.8 macro, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
price paid:£520
positive:An ideal compromise between IQ and zoom range, making it an outstanding lens for general-purpose use.
Very good IQ throughout its zoom range.
Relatively snappy, quiet focusing, especially for screw-drive.
I find the build quality quite acceptable, though note my negatives below.
negative:Some zoom droop does occur but that is not a major concern for me.
Never seen this before - but if you grasp the zoom ring too firmly it binds on the barrel and turning requires force. One’s instinct is to grasp even more firmly and that makes it worse. Only then does one realise what’s wrong and adjust one’s grip.
comment:I bought my first Sony DSLR for use with this lens, having enjoyed the excellent performance of the Sony DSC-R1 with a similar, though not identical, Zeiss lens. I’ve now owned the CZ16-80mm for nearly 4 years and use it for over 90% of my pictures. Its performance on the A77 in terms of IQ and AF precision is even better than on the A700, though that was good. Highly recommended.
reviewer#9831 date: Jan-22-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:550 (used)
positive:sharpness
weight
colors
saturation
zoom range
negative:
missing
comment:This is a great walk around lens. The zoom range is perfect! 16-80mm, and with the digital tele converter on A65, it extends up to 160mm. I am not a fan of digital zooming, but that has made otherwise impossible shots possible. This lens is so sharp that even at 2x digital zoon on A65, the loss on quality/resolution is hardly noticeable. Produces excellent saturation and contrast and I hardly ever used post processing. Take the lens out in the sun and you get stunning images.
reviewer#9820 date: Jan-19-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:730 USD (new)
positive:-Sharp
-Great range
-Not heavy good balance on A65
negative:-Not SSM
-Focus ring do not have a good feel
comment:Not sure why everyone complains about the build quality, I mean it is not as good as other Zeiss lenses but overall it is fine. Problem for me is not SSM and focus ring do not provide good travel, which is important for video.
reviewer#9738 date: Jan-1-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105, 18-70
price paid:500$
positive:Sharpness, color, contrast, range, speed
negative:too many build issues
comment:I have bought this lens occasionally second hand, but very little used. It gives excellent picture quality in almost every aspect.
Great macro ability.
What makes me somewhat dissapointed is the build that could be better for such quite an expensive lens.

Zoom ring is smaller and definitely worse dampened than in cheap kit lens 18-70. At 16mm corner darkening is massive problem, worse than in 16-105 superzoom. Even using slim filters causes yet extra shading in corners at 16mm setting.
Zoom creeps from time to time - no zoom lock.
Distance scale and MF ring are a joke - you got maybe 10 degrees from MFD to infinity.

I can't tell it's better than 16-105.

Well, Zeiss people - you should learn from good old Minolta 18-70 kit which has a zoom ring working like a dream and lets use flters at all.
reviewer#9653 date: Dec-2-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16105
SAL1870
price paid:625
positive:Carl Zeiss Lens! Sharp!
Slightly better range than Kit
negative:Zoom Creep
Plastic Construction
Price
comment:I bought this because I was curious about what was so special about this lens compared to the SAL16105. I was already impressed with the SAL16105 so, it being a CZ, it should've been even better. The plastic construction does not justify its price. It occasionally squeaks when zooming in and out, maybe it was with my copy. The sharpness seemed about the same as the SAL16105. Walking around with the camera hanging off my neck, I quickly realize that the zoom creep happens too easily. It is a sharp lens, but I'll switch back to the SAL16105.
reviewer#9647 date: Nov-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 28-80 plastic fantastic
sony 18-70mm
price paid:950 AUD (new)
positive:very good range , love the colours and contrast, on aps-c covers almost every most used focal lenght, acceptable bokeh between 50 and 80 mm wide open
negative:build quality - is it zeiss or what ??? zoom creep , heavy vignette at 16 mm with cpl filter
comment:have used it for almost three years now , and is about time to let it go... still almost perfect , just little bit too slow for my taste and I really don't wanna use it on a full frame ( lucky me ! ). from exif data I can see that it was mostly used on both ends and on about 50 mm in 35 mm SLR terms. anyway it was ( and still is ) well worth purchase - as a good walk aroud lens - nothing comes close to it ( but , take it with grain of salt - it just my personal experience and opinion ).
reviewer#9535 date: Oct-28-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105
price paid:548 USD (Used)
positive:- Light weight
- MFD
negative:Build quality is very bad.
My copy shown a fungus on the front glass.
comment:Besides fungus, my copy unable to provide me good sharpness. Most of the time is mis-focusing when having a portrait. Total of 2 bodies (A580 & A33) I had tried and confirm is mis-focusing on the lens.
Overall, I still love my build like a tank Minolta 35-105.
I will trade this lens and go for SAL16105.
reviewer#9516 date: Oct-21-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6
Sony 35 1.8
Sony 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 SSM G
Minolta 80-200 2.8 HS
Minolta 135 2,8
price paid:650 EUR (new)
positive:- good range
- sharpness
- weight
negative:corner sharpness could be slightly better on the wide end
comment:Coming from the R1 this was a logical choice and it became my default walk around lens. The range is perfect as is the image quality and the distortions at the wide end can be easily corrected in post processing. The build quality may not be comparable with the full format Zeiss or the all metal Minoltas but it is not bad and the plastic makes the lens very light.
reviewer#9474 date: Oct-6-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6
Sony 18-70 3.5-5.6
price paid:440 USD
positive:Contrast
Fairly compact
Range
negative:Price
Distortion
Plastic build
comment: Greay range, I would have liked more switches and tighter build. Good contrast and sharpness for a zoom. A lot of money for a blue crest, though. Great walk around lens, but distortion could be better on the wide end. Colors are nice and the lens isn't huge, also a plus.
reviewer#9473 date: Oct-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16-105DT, 24-70Z, KM17-35D, SAL18-250, KM24-85RS, KM24-105D, KM28-105RS, KM28-135
price paid:AU$585 - New
positive:Very Sharp, Fast AF, Great Colour and Contrast Straight Out of Camera.
negative:None for what this lens is designed for.
comment:I started off with the 16-80z and then scored the SAL16-105 as part of an a700 Kit bargain package.

It took me a while to decide between the two, but I ended up keeping the 16-80Z. The main disadvantage for this lens was - less reach, but there was just something special about the files it generated, that swayed me. I think that the AF was a bit better on my 16-80z/a700 combo too.

If you need that extra reach, then the 16-105 is also a great lens.

Is the 16-80z worth that little more? Well yea, I think it is worth it and I have had mine for over three years now.

This lens is my a700 walkabout lens and will soon do likewise on my a77.
reviewer#9418 date: Sep-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18-55
sony 55-200
sony 28-75
sony 50 f1.8
price paid:Rp 6250000
positive:sharp
colorfull
negative:no swich af/mf
comment:more heavy and better build than people said. best colour lens that I ever had but not sharper than sony fix lens
reviewer#9301 date: Aug-5-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300€ (used)
positive:very sharp , great IQ , very light
negative:its not FF
comment:I had this lens with my a700 , now with a900 I saw one at good price in excellent condition , and I think its a perfect copy too .

Such great images straight out of camera , I'm really impressed .

A great lens for taking always , its equivalent to a 24 120 so very versatile . the only thing on a900 is remember to use the inner lines in the viewer .
reviewer#9233 date: Jul-13-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 1
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 kit lens
price paid:500 CAD
positive:Light weight
Sharp
Fast
Great Colors
negative:Unreliable (longevity) AF
comment:This is a great lens! I never really used my 18-55 because the range just didn't fit my needs (it was a bit short on the long end) and so I found myself having to carry multiple lens. The build quality of this lens also feels much better and it seems to feel much nicer in your hands when shooting.

After owning this lens for 13 months the AF wore out; this is common problem with this lens from what I've read. As the lens is also 2 months out of warranty Sony could not offer me any assistance and provided me with an estimate of $748 CAD to fix the AF. I guess this will now be an MF only lens. :(
reviewer#9007 date: May-11-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-250 Superzoom
Minolta 28-105
price paid:375 GBP (S/H)
positive:SHARP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good colours and contrast.
negative:A little expensive brand new.
Well documented QC and build issues with early copies.
comment:A classic walkabout lens. I was offered a s/h copy at a good price but I took a long time to decide to buy, mainly due to the many well documented 'problem' copies out there. However, a quick play with this one convinced me it was a good copy and I was blown away at how sharp my photos looked with a little sharpening in DXO optics (its a supported lens on my a55 body). If you can get a good copy (and some now state that the the issues were mainly with early samples) for a good price, go for it.
reviewer#8867 date: Apr-4-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:minolta 24-105 3.5-4.5
price paid:850 USD (new)
positive:great range for aps-c
light weight
colors
negative:at wide angle too soft in angles
comment:16-80 makes 24-120 at aps-c - great range I guess. For me this lens is well built, makes sharp enough images wide open. Maybe it's too soft in angles, and gives much vignetting with any of non-slim filters, but it's worth it. But not worth the price though - it's slightly overestimated for there is no alternative for it in the system.
Compared to minolta 24-105 it gives much interesting colors and images... well... are of more depth :)
Must have for travel shots!
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 204
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 3.89
  • distortion: 4.22
  • flare control: 4.56
  • overall: 4.43

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