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

reviewer#9556 date: Nov-1-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sigma 18-125
Sigma 17-70
minolta 24-85 (original)
Minolta 35-105 (original)
price paid:300 GBP mint (no hoo
positive:Sharp, even at max aperture
Good colour
negative:Max. aperture
Not full frame.
comment:Superb IQ and sharpness 16-80. Even at 105 it is still sharp (compared against 35-105 @ f6.3 and the 35-105 is acknowledged to be a very sharp zoom lens. At f6.3 the Sony is only stopped down by 1/3 of a stop, whereas the 35-105 is stopped down 1 full stop)

In brief, although it is expensive, it is a very useful lens. Only trouble is I need to keep the Minoltas for my Dynax film camera.

Distortion is there, particularly @ 16 mm but it is better controlled than many other zooms covering wide angle on APS-C.

Generally, between 18 and 80, it produces awesome IQ.


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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