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Sony 16

Sony 16
alaAverage 4.1

148 reviews

May, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews of Sony 16. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability, but many are critical about the price. Comments are divided on the usability.

design, reliability, size


On average, users rate this product 92/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony 16 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters on People really like the size. The reliability is also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the price.

reliability, size


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zeiss Lens for NEXSony SEL1670Z E-mount Carl Zeiss Lens with Steadyshot

May, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (

Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM


The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM is a fine standard angle zoom with a fixed f/2.8 aperture throughout its range, but it's a little pricey.

Sharp throughout zoom range. Fixed f/2.8 aperture. 3.1x zoom range

Lots of distortion at 16mm. Edges could be sharper. Pricey

The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM ($799.99) may be available as a kit lens with the Sony Alpha 77 II camera, but its fixed f/2.8 aperture and wide-angle field of view separate it from more common lenses like the DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II. It's pretty...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Andy Westlake (

Sony DT 16-105mm 1:3.5-5.6 Lens Review


The Sony DT 16-105mm 1:3.5-5.6 was announced in September 2007, as a premium kit lens to accompany the Alpha 700 DSLR. Sony has thankfully (and uncharacteristically) managed to avoid the over-proliferation of letters which afflict lens names from other...

Hugely useful wide angle to telephoto range - arguably the most flexible currently available ; Extremely sharp at wide angle ; Impressive resistance to flare ; Small size and lightweight ; Good build quality

Chromatic aberration at both wideangle and telephoto ends ; Extremely soft in the middle of the zoom range at wider apertures ; Somewhat soft at telephoto ; Stiff manual focus ring with excessively short travel

The Sony DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 is a lens which certainly promises a lot, with a tremendously useful zoom range wrapped up in a surprisingly compact body. It may not at first glance have the headline-grabbing attraction of those superzooms which sport...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Julia Silber (

Lens Test: Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM


Sony's “non-kit” kit zoom for the Alpha 77

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Matthew Richards (

Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Vario-Sonnar T* review


A zoom lens from the Carl Zeiss stable of Vario-Sonnar lenses

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: TechRadar (

Sony DT 16-80mmf/3.5-4.5ZA Vario-Sonnar T review


Expensive, and we can't exactly see why

Massively expensive ; Slow ; Average image quality

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Matthew Richards (

Sony DT 16-80MM f3.5-4.5 ZA Variosonnar T*


From the legendary Carl Zeiss stable of Vario-Sonnar lenses, the DT 16-80mm is a class act that delivers a powerful 5x zoom range, equivalent to 24-120mm. The bland styling isn't much to look at, but the zoom and focus rings work smoothly.

The Sony's 5x zoom range is second only to the Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, and only marginally less. It's capable of both wide and short telephoto shooting Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter:

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Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6


A general purpose 6.5x zoom lens for APS-C sensor Sony and Minolta digital SLR cameras offering a wide-angle equivalent of a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera.

Useful zoom range; Good build quality; Good centre resolution at the shorter end of the zoom range

Prone to flare

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Jon Tarrant (

Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6


Review of the Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

Good short-end resolution from f/5.6

Poor resolution at longer focal lengths after f/11

The 16-105mm looks like a great all-rounder and works well across often-used aperture settings, but its performance at the longer focal lengths leaves something to be desired, which rather defeats the point of having an extended zoom range! The lack of...

Feb, 2009

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Sony DT 16-80mmf/3.5-4.5ZA Vario-Sonnar T


At £460, the Sony DT 16-80mm is certainly not cheap, although we can't figure out why. It has a focus scale viewable through a window on the barrel, but it doesn't have the swift focusing of Canon's USM or Nikon's Silent Wave motors

Massively expensive, Slow, Average image quality

Poor image quality, slow conventional focusing and a lack of extras make this a disappointing buy, especially considering its price. Sony needs to rework its range to score higher

Aug, 2007

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM


If you're after a versatile lens for your kit bag then a fast standard should definitely be on your shopping list. We took the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM along to a busy marketplace to test it in a variety of situations.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Yes

General Features

3D: No
Application:CSC LENS / System Camera
Bayonet Compatibility:Sony / Konica-Minolta / Sony E
Product Type:Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Usage:Digital Cameras