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Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens

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Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 24-157.5mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • 2x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.3'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm

The 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens from Sony is a DT-series Alpha lens that has been optimized for cropped image sensors, and as a result it is not recommended for use with larger full-frame cameras. Its 16-105mm focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a 24-157.5mm lens when attached to these cropped APS-C size digital cameras. It is constructed of 15 elements in 11 groups - three of them being aspherical glass elements, with additional Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements - which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.8" and a front-end filter diameter of 62mm.

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 24-157.5mm
This 16-105mm lens offers the 35mm equivalent of a 24-157.5mm lens when attached to the APS-C format cameras it was designed for.
Optimized For APS-C Size / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Intended for smaller, cropped Sony Alpha cameras, DT lenses employ an optical system that is specifically designed for digital cameras which incorporate an APS-C size image sensor.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
2x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Internal Focusing System
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change, creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't change balance.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 62mm
The 62mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 16 - 105mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 24 - 157.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 71° - 15°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' (40 cm)
Magnification 0.23x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 15/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 3.27" (7.2 x 8.3 cm)
Weight 1.03 lb (470 g)
Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH105 Lens Hood for 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Durable (5)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Work Horse Lens

      I bought this as a replacement for my Zeiss 16/80mm that I dropped and it couldn't be repaired. I debated on whether to go with the same as what I had or the...Read complete review

      I bought this as a replacement for my Zeiss 16/80mm that I dropped and it couldn't be repaired. I debated on whether to go with the same as what I had or the Sony which is $250 cheaper and has an extra 25mm in focal length. This is a very good lens and the sharpness difference is minimal. the zoom mechanism isn't quite as smooth but that's really nitpicking. I would recommend this lens.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Vignetting problem

      After 2 years of nominal use, black Vignetting has started to appear in the upper corners of my photos. It's now on its way to Sony for repairs. Otherwise, I have really liked...Read complete review

      After 2 years of nominal use, black Vignetting has started to appear in the upper corners of my photos. It's now on its way to Sony for repairs. Otherwise, I have really liked this lens. It has been rated better than the standard lens that comes with a Sony A350.

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      4.0

      Great versatile lens

      By Greg

      from New York City

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

      This is the first lens I bought (after the 18-55mm that came with my a65). It's a really good travel lens, allowing you to shoot a wide range of pictures without having to constantly change your lens. Great picture quality/colors.

      On the down side it's a little bit heavy/bulky (compared to the 18-55 mm) and I realized only later that my camera has a x1.5 crop factor so the lense is more a 24-157mm for me.

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      4.0

      Walk-about wonder

      By Dan

      from Central Indiana

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • 16-105 Range
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Moves Off F35 Very Early

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

      Covers nearly every situation that does not require a specialized lens. Good quality on photos, especially if closed down 1 stop. An excellent vacation lens.

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      5.0

      very nice lens

      By Bama

      from SlC, Utah

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

          I'm just getting used to this lens. I mount it on the sony a65. Previously I've had the 16-50 fixed f-stop. (which I Love) on my a65. The 16-105 is a fast focus and very sharp. It increases the range, and is a well-built lens. I will use it for landscape and possibly portraits. So far, I'm very pleased and I would definitely recommend it.

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          5.0

          Sony 16mm to 105mm Sal-16105

          By jimjim41844

          from Studio City, Ca.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

            This lens is new to me but it is being used as my walk around lens. I estimate it well be on about 90% of the time. So far it works well right out of the box.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Work Horse Lens

            By Murphysjay

            from Winchester, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Every day use
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

              I bought this as a replacement for my Zeiss 16/80mm that I dropped and it couldn't be repaired. I debated on whether to go with the same as what I had or the Sony which is $250 cheaper and has an extra 25mm in focal length. This is a very good lens and the sharpness difference is minimal. the zoom mechanism isn't quite as smooth but that's really nitpicking. I would recommend this lens.

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              • No

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              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great lens for panoramics

              By Nick

              from Walnut Creek, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

              I consider myself an advanced consumer and the following is my review of using this lens with a A550 camera.

              The lens has good light gathering capabilities. I would have preferred it to be a little faster, but at f/3.5, it meets my current needs. The pictures are sharp and the colors are true. I have taken some pictures which are destined to be blown up and will go up on a wall.

              I have notices lens-creep, if you carry the camera with the lens pointed downwards. Also at 16mm there is some vignetting if you screw on a CPL. I was a little surprised at the lens-creep, but did expect the vignetting. I already have a UV filter also on the lens. With just one filter, I did not experience any vignetting.

              I can deal with these, but buyers should be aware of this as they consider this lens for purchase.

              Overall, I am satisfied with this lens.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent range and image quality lens

              By Manny

              from East Rutherford, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Vignetttes

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

              After a long research of lens reviews. I finally made my decision to buy this lens.I considered the 18-250 range of either Sony or Sigma but I know that this range has compromises. B&H has this lens on sale[...] and this helped me decide to buy this lens. I always buy my photo equipments at B&H for the past 17 yrs. After testing this lens, I am not disappointed and even exceeded my standards for a lens of this range. Two days ago, I used this lens with my A700 and HVL58-am on a church activities and the results were excellent!!! I just wish that this lens has a constant aperture of f4 or f4.5

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Lens

              By Emmanuel

              from East Rutherford, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Vignetttes

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

              After so many choices and reading several reviews, I finally made the decision to buy this lens. I am glad B&H has this on sale[...] I tested this lens from 16 to 105mm range and I was very satisfied with its overall performance - the zoom range, color, sharpness, close and quick focus.I just wish that this is full frame and a constant f4. At 16mm f 3.5, it vignetts but it can easily be solve by using f8 aperture.

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              5.0

              Outstanding lens- exceeds my wishes

              By Steve

              from Maryland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Quick Focus
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

              • F 2 point 8 would be nice

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

              Bought this for its reach and fine glass and have not been disappointed. Own a Tammy 17-50 f/2.8 that is a find lens but is short on reach. This Sony lens has just the right focal length reach on both ends. Wish it was a constant f/2.8 but then it would be thousands of dollars and unaffordable.

              Crisp, clear, great IQ. My new walk around lens and has not ever failed to get the shot.

              Recommend w/o reservation.

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Vignetting problem

              By Schwagger

              from Nanticoke, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                After 2 years of nominal use, black Vignetting has started to appear in the upper corners of my photos. It's now on its way to Sony for repairs. Otherwise, I have really liked this lens. It has been rated better than the standard lens that comes with a Sony A350.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                All in one piece!!

                By Mosman

                from Spain

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Quick Focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                You have all in one objetive... Teleobjetive and big angular...

                One of the best option with the best quality

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good lens

                By Ecolodger

                from South America ( Chile and Brazil)

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Quick Focus
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                • F 56 aperture not ideal
                • Focus ring

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                Nice optical Quality. Very light, but extremelly well built. Not very fast, but It is meant to be used with camera's stabilization.

                The only thing that doesn't convince me is the short and stiff manual focus ring.

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sharp, great travel lens

                By Dan

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Landcape
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens:

                I bouigh this lens with Sony DSLR-350 as kit. I wanted to have a light, small travel SLR camera and lanes. It is a great value and lens delivers on on its promise. It is sharp and good value for the money

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