Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6

Last updated (03 July’10):
– Review by Photozone

The Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 features 16-105mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 83 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1′ 4″ (40cm) and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens weighs 16.6 Ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 and writes;
“Typical for many APS-C standard zoom lenses vignetting can be a rather critical issue at the wide end of the zoom range – ~1.7EV at 16mm @ f/3.5 is fairly massive and disturbing. Stopping down to f/5.6 resolves the most of the problem here and at 24mm. The vignetting is reasonably well controlled at 50mm and 105mm. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 User Reviews

Excellent Lense but Heavy | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a very high quality lense. It takes excellent pictures with the Sony Alpha series. Fast Auto Focus. Great night shots, amazing actually. My only complaint is that the lense is very heavy as is the body, which makes carrying the camera inconvenient at times. Do the math on the weight before you buy. My friends have the Nikon Series and they all seem to be like feathers compared to my Sony boulder.” – by Apple

Great Glass! | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you can get a deal on this lens it will be a steal! This easily compares with the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm lens with out letting go of several hundred more to get it.[…]I’m planning on using this for a trip and it will make a great lens for that. “ – by Lynn May

Awesome lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“By far the best lens I bought. The great focal length of this lens covers almost every shot whether wide or zoomed, it’s just perfect with no moving elements when auto focusing. This is a must-have lens for your alpha. “ – by H. Kathem

High Quality, High Zoom Range, Highly Affordable | Rating: ★★★★★
“The feel of the build quality is impressive. It is very, very close to the subjective feel of the Zeiss 24-70, which is possibly the best made lens on the market. If you twist and wiggle the two lenses, you can detect a very slightly tighter tolerance in the Zeiss, but you have to try — it’s not readily apparent.” – by Tim Naff

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Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Sample Photos

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Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Specifications

Get into the action. Designed to take advantage of APS-size CCD imagers like the Exmor™ sensor of the Sony® α DSLR-A700 camera, this amazingly compact premium zoom lens provides superior all-around performance. Its 35mm-equivalent range of 24mm wide-angle to 157.5mm telephoto is perfect for capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-ups. Please note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the DSLR-A900.

Internal Focusing System
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change — creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn’t alter its balance.

Sophisticated Multi-Element Design
16 lens elements in 13 groups correct visual aberrations across the entire zoom range and help reduce weight.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
ED Glass lens elements minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear shots even at full telephoto extension.

Circular Aperture
Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Advisory when using DT lenses with full-frame (35mm equivalent) DSLR cameras.
Sony α (alpha) lenses with the Digital Technology (DT) designation are ideal for use on APS-C size DSLR cameras and are not recommended for use with full frame DSLR camera bodies (such as the DSLR-A900). Although DT lenses can be used with full frame cameras, they can only realize a maximum of 11MP image size (when using the DSLR-A900), and are not guaranteed to provide accurate Auto Exposure performance.

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