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

reviewer#9967 date: Feb-23-2012
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:Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM
Sony 16-80 CZ
Sony 18-55 SAM
Sony 18-250
Sony 18-200
price paid:420 USD (used)
positive:-very sharp
-very versatile range
-nice colors
negative:-filter vignette at 16mm although I put the slimmest one I can find.
- distortion is strong but can be corrected in PP
comment:A great upgrade from 18-55 kit lens. Performs better in every way. Colors are on par with modern Sony designed lens. Not the same tones as Minolta colors.

Images are sharp even wide open and very sharp stopped down. Works best for day light shots. The lens is a bit slow to use in low light so I would take 16-50f2.8 with me instead for low light and indoor.

Distortion is very strong at 16mm but about the same as other zoom lens that starts at 16mm. Can be corrected with post processing. So watch your horizon at 16mm.

Image quality is far better than other alternatives with variable aperture including Sony 18-55, 18-200, 18-250, except the CZ 16-80, but only slightly. However the CZ is more expensive and has an issue with build quality of the focus ring. So it's up to you if you would like to sacrifice a bit of pixel quality for a more versatile range, cheaper price especially 2nd hand, and seemingly less headache with QC problem. Since I have already 16-50f2.8, 16-105 is clearly a better option to me where I don't need constant f2.8.

In a nutshell, a solid quality / top value for the price paid period.

See my photos with Sony 16-105mm f3.5-5.6 DT SAL16105 on my Flickr collection at:

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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