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

reviewer#44279 date: May-3-2019
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
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.

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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