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

reviewer#10438 date: Aug-8-2012
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-55
SAL 35
TAM 60 macro
SAL 70-300G
price paid:350 GBP
positive:Stopped down to f8 it produces excellent results
negative:Soft at edges wide open
This is my second one, the first one stopped focusing
comment:As disappointing as it was when my first copy stopped working - I had no hesitation in buying a second one.
I found the difference between this and SAL 35 prime to be very hard to see in real use. It too is a good lens but I returned it since I saw no real advantage yes it is faster...

OK I went and got the SAL 35 - got it for a great price and the advantage is it is faster and very good quality

The Tam 60 macro is noticeably sharper but it is not a zoom and too slow

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania