Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by Hols52

reviewer#10210 date: May-15-2012
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50
Sony 18-250
price paid:£490
positive:Everything - for walkabout lens very good
negative:None so far
comment:I deliberated for a while over this or the 18-250. After trying both in store I decided that:
1 - this felt more solid than the 18-250
2 - IQ appeared better after an hours testing of the two
3 - CA and flare obvious with the 18-250 but not with the 16-105 (over the hour or so of testing)

So I bought the 16-105.
I already own the 16-50 and compared to this :
Sony 16-50 with the A77 is better than the 16-105 between 16 and 50mm. Better in terms of speed, IQ and obviously having F2.8 available. It is also weather resistant. But, the 16-105 gives that much more flexibility and nothing is bad between 16mm -105mm, just not quite so good as the 16-50 up to 50mm. So, as far as I can see this lens is going to give me greater range and only some loss in IQ, but not huge (from what I have tried so far). I will know more with greater use but so far the results are promising.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 92
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.62
  • build: 4.32
  • distortion: 4.07
  • flare control: 4.51
  • overall: 4.42 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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