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

reviewer#9949 date: Feb-19-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 2
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 18250
price paid:663 Euro (new)
positive:Sharp, very good for such a zoom.
Very good zoom range (travel, architecture)
comment:I mostly use this lens because of its range and sharpness.
Bought it in 4/2008. Since then about 20 to 30 thousand shots with it.

Zoom flange pretty slacky.
First repair in 9/2011: Focus didn't work any more. Very ugly screaming noise when inserting the battery into the camera (A700 resp. A77).
Same fault again in 2/2012: Zoom stucky, same noise. Lens no more usable, another repair needed.
Next repair: lens ok, since then about 5000 shots without a problem.

I do use (D)SLRs since almost 40 years, I never have had a lens repair - except the SAL 16105.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania