Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Vario-Sonnar T* DT Carl Zeiss Alpha A DSLR Mount Lens

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About Sony 16-80mm

This Sony 16-80mm Bundle comes with $77.38 worth of free accessories including a , ProOptic Digital Essentials 62mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, Universal Lens Cap Tether, Slinger Neoprene Lens Pouch - Medium (Superwide to Normal) and a Pro Optic Lens Wrap, 19in x 19in (530mm x 520mm), Black . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

• Enjoy using the professional-grade, compact, easy-to-carry Carl Zeiss® SAL-1680Z lens for your next photography session. Its precise optical design will make it one of your favorites.

The ultimate All-in-One zoom lens designed specifically for DSLR imaging.

• It's the first professional-grade 5X zoom lens specifically designed for APS-size CCDimage sensors, providing incredible precision in a single compact, easy-to-carry lens that carries you from 24mm wide-angle to 120mm telephoto (35mm equivalent).

• Advanced Carl Zeiss optical design and anti-flare T* Coating make this one of the most valued lenses in the world of digital photography.



The Sony 16-80mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Night photography and more.The Sony 16-80mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sony 16-80mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 16-80mm: Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Consistent output (6),Lightweight (4),Strong construction (4),Easily interchangeable (3),Rugged (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (7),Night photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Enthusiast (3)

Sony 16-80mm Features

  • 5X Zoom Range:
  • Smaller and lighter, it s the only 5X zoom lens designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in the Sony® a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera.
  • Glass-Molded Aspherical Lens Elements:
  • Two glass-molded aspherical lens elements correct visual aberrations and improvepicture quality across the entire zoom range.
  • 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.
  • Auto Clutch:
  • In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate, and in manual focusing, a wider focus ring provides a solid, hands-on feel.

Sony 16-80mm Specifications

Type

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zoom
Superb performance from wide-angle to telephoto
Design
5X Zoom designed specifically for DSLR APS-size CCD
Optics
T* Coating to reduce flare and increase contrast
Elements
2 Glass-Molded Aspherical Lenses for extra precision
Focusing

Auto Clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
Wide focus ring for a solid feel in manual focusing
Aperture
Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects
Focal Length

35mm Equivalent: 16 mm - 80 mm
APS: 24 mm - 120 mm
Angle of View

35mm Equivalent: N/A
APS: 83 deg 20'
Min Focus Distance
2.4" (62 mm)
Aperture Maximum
f3.5 - 4.5
Aperture Minimum
f22 - 29
Maximum Magnification
0.24x
Lens Construction
14 elements in 10 groups with 7 aperture blades
Filter Diameter
62 mm
Lens Dimensions
2-7/8" x 3-3/8' (72 mm x 83 mm)
Lens Weight
15.5 oz (440 g)

Sony 16-80mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth it

This was the first lens that I purchased as my camera came with a kit lens and it has proven to be a great upgrade compliment. This CZ made me notice the next level of photography as the imaging that it produced was very much so next level. The build quality is solid as is the performance and still its one of my favorite lenses next to the CZ FZ-135. This is definately next level for people starting out who want to move a big step up in image quality but with a word of warning it will make yo...

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This was the first lens that I purchased as my camera came with a kit lens and it has proven to be a great upgrade compliment. This CZ made me notice the next level of photography as the imaging that it produced was very much so next level. The build quality is solid as is the performance and still its one of my favorite lenses next to the CZ FZ-135. This is definately next level for people starting out who want to move a big step up in image quality but with a word of warning it will make you want to get more CZ lenses.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice optics, poor construction (zoom creep!)

This is a nice lens that covers an attractive zoom range. It is nice and sharp all around with good colour and contrast. A good walk-around lens. But at this price the build is a little embarrassing. The zoom creeps down when only slightly turned downward. Sony should fix this problem.

Reviewed by 19 customers

 
5.0

My basic lens

By

from Charleston,SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my go to lens. Sharp! Great lens Stays on my a77. Landscapes are beautiful, great with grand kids as can stay far enough back so they are natural. Color is superb! There is no purple fringing and distortion is non-existent when using Lightroom with this lens checked. I could not get a better lens with this focal range for the price! Highly recommend

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good "walk around" lens

By

from Marietta GA

This is a very good zoom lens for general use in an APS-C camera. I've had mine for 5 years and haven't had any problems at all. It's almost always been on my camera and never disappointed. I've used it at weddings, sporting events, indoors, outdoors, you name it. It's not quite a professional lens, but it costs less that half as much as a Zeiss 24-70, which I use on my A99. It also weighs half as much and is considerably smaller. It's a perfect match size wise for my A65 or A700.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Carl Zeiss quailty

By

from Los Angeles

It's a good zoom lens. 16mm is certainly wider than 24mm. As a result, you get more in your shot. It's enough for establishing shots. If the aperture was 2.8, it would be a perfect lens. But the price would not be the same.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Use as Primary Lens

By

from Oakland, NJ

I have had this lens for about a year, and find it is the lens on the camera almost all the time.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No Manual Focus after 3 Years

By

from Texas

After 3 years of very light use the manual focus stopped working, seems to be a common problem. Check dpreview forums to see what other people have to say. Make sure to buy extended warranty if you choose this lens.

 
5.0

I love mine I'm going to get another

By

from Rochester Hills. Mi  -  Photo Enthusiast

I can't afford a ton of lenses, nor will my lumbar stenosis permit the load. It has a great deal of utility. I've gone the route from my first press cameras to a 2 35mm film bodies with 5 lenses to cover sports car races and the 16-80 has proven to be be the best bet for me.

 
3.0

the lens was not as sharp as i wanted

By

from scottsdale, az.  -  Photo Enthusiast

did not think the lens was tack sharp

 
5.0

Great glass. good price

By

from Midwest  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great image quality/color. Good price.

 
4.0

Sharp lens!

By

from Salt Lake  -  Pro Photographer

I know it's common, but we should band together and demand that lens makers put some sort of DOF scale on modern lenses - even zooms, or, at least include many more distance marks. Otherwise, this lens rocks. It's a slowish lens, but I don't need fast ones for landscapes and its sharpness and contrast is breathtaking.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens i have ever used!

By

from Bellevue,WA  -  Casual Photographer

I recommend this lens for every Sony Cyber shot camera user, especially Alpha mount user. It's really versatile lens for every situations including scenery, portrait, and just playing.

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Carol A  Does this fit the Sony Nex-7?
SHAINA K  I'm not sure if it fits the nex bodies. I use its on an a580. Sorry can't help with your question.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL L  It had good reviews and a very useful zoom range.
Glen D  I have an Alpha 77. Is this an acceptable Lens?
WILLIAM D  Sorry that it has taken me this long to answer your question. The Sony 16-80mm is a great lens, and works great with the Alpha 77. I use it as my base lens for most of my shootings. You will enjoy it.
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