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Sony 16

Sony 16
alaAverage 4.1

112 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites.

On average, users rate this product 94/100.

Review analysis

(Based on 112 reviews)

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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...

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

 

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

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by translucent mirror

 

An excellent lens for the price. Silent and good for video as well. Reasonably lightweight unlike the CZ lenses.

quiet, beautiful colors

not for full frame cameras

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by Beachrider

 

A very useful APS-C lens for Alpha and NEX. Very useful focal range. Fstop 2.8 is still special vs f/4.5 & 5.6 for more entry-level lenses. It isn't a cheap lens ($615), so the plastic-everywhere (but the back-bracket) is a little surprising (vs NEX's...

Light, Bright (f/2.8), Quick/Silent (SSM), High IQ, Primary Zoom for Alpha & NEX (w/EA-2) users

At the Wide end, distortion & CA correction needed for best results (automatic in JPEG for a77) , plastic body

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by infocus

 

In this focal range it is as good as it gets using the Sony a77, but the jpg-results straight from the camera is bit soft and may need post-processing to reveal the full capacity of the lens. It is sharp from edge to edge and only a little flare is...

excellent results throughout zoom range and from landscape to close-up

a bit stiff zoomring

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by 11saje

 

I don't see from the slrgear tests that this lens is better than the Tamron 17-50 non VC

Adapted to Alpha 77

Not really superior to Tamron 17-50

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by dfwatt

 

I think that the review on this website of this lens, although plenty positive, understates its overall excellence. SLR Gear literally drools over Canikon zooms that are less sharp than this lens and that cost twice to three times as much.

1) exceptional sharpness; 2) great value; 3) firmware correction in A65/A77 virtually eiliminates classic optical distortions 4) fast and quiet focusing

1) weight; 2) somewhat stiff zoom ring; 3) not cheap compared to standard 18-55mm kit lens (but faster, sharper and quieter) 4) should be bundled with Sony A65

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by Nas79

 

I love this lens, on my A77 I would put it up against any Prime or Zoom in the 16mm to 50mm range from any competitor. I have gotten VERY sharp images from this lens especially when stopped down to F4. This is a fantastic walk around lens and if you...

Sharp, Fast, Quiet, Smooth, Bright and solid build quality

No focus hold button (like on the 70400G), Not optimized for full frame

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by pruus

 

This lens does mount very well an the body. no twist. Quality. If it had Zeis on it, i would agree. It's an straight forward lens nog only for the A77. Thanks Sony. i like it!

fast, smooth, bright

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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650 review by Vancouver Video

 

I just love this lens, especially for use on the Sony NEX-FS100 video camera. One of the requirements on video is that the lens holds focus when you zoom out. This is known as parfocal and the SAL1650 16-50mm f/2.8 is parfocal!

Cost relative to Nikon & Canon, fast f/2.8, parfocal, wide on APSC/Super35mm

Barrel extends when zooming

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Yes

General Features

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