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

reviewer#9331 date: Aug-12-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 (SAL-1870) kit lens
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5
price paid:579 Euro (new)
quick focus
zoom range
negative:Very expensive
bit heavy
tight zoom ring
embedded on camera flash drops shadow at wide end
comment:I bought this lens because i wanted a D lens with big focal range that stay permanently on camera and i looked to upgrade from the kit lens (DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6)that came with my Sony A200. So influenced from that i read here in DYXUM.COM forum , i decided to buy it.
Also i am owner of some 62mm filters (uv, polarize, close up) from old Minolta 28-105 F3.5-4.5 lense and i din't wanted to be wasted.
Generaly i expected much more for this price. i expected to take good photos without the need to play with a lot of settings. I am disappointed with this lens, i expected much more. It is sharper than Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 but it bothers me the tight zoom ring and the shadow that emebeded on camera flash drops at wide end. I am new in digital photography but i thing some compact digital cameras with 2.8 lens takes much better photographs in auto mode.
Compare to my old Minolta 28-105 F3.5-4.5, i think that Μinolta glasses is far away better.

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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