Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by cessna2k

reviewer#9468 date: Oct-3-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 1855
Minolta 35-105 old
price paid:250 (old)
positive:versatile zoom range
sharp centers
negative:overpriced if bought new
soft corners
zoom is not smooth
comment:I am not going to repeat what has been written before, just have a look at my positive negative summery.

Soft corners are generally considered as negative, however, I often don't really need sharp corners and if so, I just use f/8. I am satisfied with this lens and I won't resell it, it has a terrible useful zoom range for traveling, weddings etc. Indoors, I use my powerful hot-shoe flash. This lens hardly leaves my camera. However, I wouldn't pay 600 $ for this lens, I rather bought a 16-80 CZ.

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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