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

reviewer#8546 date: Jan-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70
Tamron 17-50/2.8
Sony 24-105
price paid:kit with a700
positive:- Price (Kit lens)
- Very versatile Range
- Compact
negative:- Zoom and Focus rings
- slowish aperture
comment:A very decent kit lens for the a700. Build quality is not the best out there, but a very good piece of kit. Range is incredible, it's a perfect walk-around lens. Ideal as a one-lens solution when you need to go light on trips and such.

Zoom and focus rings are pretty tight. No zoom lock, but then again, when zooming is so tight, it's not really needed.

I found flare control to be an issue when the sun is just out of the frame, using my hand as a sunshield somewhat helps.

It was a it redundant with the Tamron 17-50/2.8, so I ended up trading it for a Sigma 10-20

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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