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

reviewer#9563 date: Nov-3-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:SAL18-70 kitlens
price paid:370 EUR (used)
positive:Incredibly versatile
great reach
good colors
negative:narrow MF-angle
slip in focus/zoom-ring
comment:I have no big lens collection to compare with, but compared to the kitlens bought along with the a100, this lens blows it away!
The range covers almost everything you need, except long tele, an amazing travel lens!
The sharpness is very good compared to other zooms, but not prime-worthy.
The lens is quite slow - F4 is reached already at 18mm or so, so not ideal for low light.
The travel in the focus ring from closet to infinity range is way too short, so MF is nigh on impossible.
There is some vignetting, but only what can be expected from a wide angle lens - easily corrected in PP.
Build quality could be better, but considering the price it is really good.

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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