Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by icameisaw
|icameisaw#44279 date: May-3-2019|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony CZ 16-80mm f3.5-4.5|
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Sony 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM II
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Minolta 28-80mm f4-5.6
Minolta 35-70mm f4
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
|price paid:||£160 s/h|
|positive:||Very useful range, good colour, sharp.|
Noticeably cheaper than the Sony 16-80mm CZ even though the results are pretty similar.
|negative:||The sort of distortion you would expect (but PP programs tend to be able to fix it) and a tiny bit of colour fringing when wide open if there's high contrast. You have to pixel peep to notice the latter though.|
At 16mm f3.5, there's definitely visible shading at the corners of the image, even without any filters.
It's already at f4 almost as soon as you leave 16mm.
I might have been unlucky, but the build quality isn't all it could be and the double extension mechanism doesn't help with that.
|comment:||Vastly better than the kit lenses, it's a great 'city break' lens. The wide end gets the cityscape shots and the zoom end means you can show what's on that cathedral roof without paying to go up there.|
The downside is the build quality. After a thousand or so photos, there was a distinct 'bump' feel in the zoom at 35mm. That developed into it jamming - from the rattle, some bit of the mechanism fell off and would jam it up until shaken or forced out.
Fortunately, it was in warranty, but since then I have stuck with the 16-80mm CZ. There's not much difference in the results and several thousand photos later, that one is still working.