Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens

Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens

Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-4.5 to f/22-29
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Auto Clutch Mechanism
  • Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8"
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 overview

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Have all your bases covered with the Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens from Sony, which offers an extremely versatile 24-120mm equivalent zoom range on APS-C format A-mount cameras. Benefitting from a Zeiss design that incorporates two aspherical elements and the renowned T* coating, this zoom will help capture sharp, aberration-free images. Also, due to the use of a variable f/3.5-4.5 maximum aperture the overall size and weight is kept to a minimum. Handling and operation is intuitive, especially with an Auto Clutch mechanism that prevents the focusing ring from rotating when autofocus is engaged. Additionally, the internally focusing lens has a minimum focus distance of 13.8" and it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.

Based on the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with 14 elements in 10 groups that helps provide a maximum aperture range of f/3.5-4.5 while simultaneously reducing flare and improving contrast.
A standard-length zoom designed for APS-C A-mount cameras, the 16-80mm will provide a versatile wide-angle to telephoto 24-120mm equivalent focal length.
A constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also lends greater control over focus position for shallow depth of field techniques.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
An Auto Clutch mechanism prevents the focusing ring from rotating when the lens is set to autofocus, allowing for easier, and more natural feeling control over the lens.
An internal focus design enables fast autofocus as well as a minimum focus distance of 13.8".
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242694286
In the Box
Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens
  • ALC-SH0005 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F62S 62mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R55 Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 16 - 80mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
    Minimum: f/22 - 29
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 83° - 20°
    Minimum Focus Distance 13.78" (35 cm)
    Magnification 0.24x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.2
    Elements/Groups 14 / 10
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 3.27" (72 x 83 mm)
    Weight 15.70 oz (445 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 4.7 x 4.5"

    Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 reviews

    Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around lens! This lens is a great compliment to my Sony Alpha 55. Has the optical quality and zoom range to be the best walk around lens choice in my opinion. Personally, it's the highest quality all around lens that I've evey had. There are other choices like the Sony 18-250..but frankly, I find having the 16mm 35MM equivalant of 24mm very much needed for everyday use. For the top end I have the 70-400 SSM G series and the 50mm F1.4 75mm in 35MM terms for portraits,to round things out. With these three lenses...I am all set to take full advantage of the Alpha 55...which has proven to be a spectacular camera for my needs! Love the phase detection autofocus in HD video mode! ...
    Date published: 2011-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For me, an old trustworthy friend... Back in 2006 I bought my first digital camera from B&H, a Sony DSC-R1, which came equipped with this same lens but it is fixed not interchangeable...perhaps the best quality zoom lens I ever owned... At the end of 2012 I bought the new Sony A65 and I could not think of a better lens but this one again... The focal length is the ideal range for about 90% of the images I create, from an acceptable 24mm wide angle for landscapes to a decent 120mm for portraits o closer shots... I use it as my prime lens... and I enjoy to no end its optical quality, consistent output and mechanical reliability.
    Date published: 2013-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens This is a great lens overall, despite the relative slowness for the price. The clarity and saturation is incredible. There is some definite vignetting on the wide end, even with a thin filter on. At the wide end, there is also some barrel distortion, and achromatic distortion. Overall, though, this is a great lens, and covers a wide range of focal lengths with very good image quality. Also, satisfyingly solid in its construction. Expertise: Pro Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Konica Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8
    Date published: 2007-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Awesome This is one amazing lens. It is as sharp as my primes, hasexcellent contrast, and very vivid colors. All of this is in one very compact package which makes itthe perfect travel lens. I especially like having the 16mmwideend. Makes it the equivalent to a 24-120 which is a verygood range. I also like that (as tests on photozone haveshown) it is sharp throughout changes of aperture and focallength. I also like the build. The only downsides are that it could be faster (though thiswould make it larger) and it does tend to vignette unlessyou use slim filters. Still though this lens is a 10/10. Expertise: Advanced amateur Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Items in this focal range are Tamron 18-200, Sony 18-70, Sigma 30mm, Minolta 50mm Items I Recommend: Slim filters!
    Date published: 2007-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent resolution, excellent contrast I've been committing SLR photography since 1967. This is the sharpest, best-contrast lens I've owned. Shooting into the sun doesn't create significant flare. With the a700's image stabilization, I'm seeing better resolution in 16x20 prints that I achieved with my Contax 645 SLR and 80 mm lens. It's not quite as long at max telephoto, but I'll give up the reach for the excellent sharpness...My only concern is that the inner barrel feels just slightly loose - but I don't know what this means, and the performance is very satisfying.
    Date published: 2008-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp saturated colors. I'm a new DLSR user (Sony a35), and purchased this because I wanted a high quality lens to take with me on vacation. I splurged on this one and was concerned overspent. I also debated whether I should have purchased a 18-250 travel lens for the trip. Thankfully, my buyer's remorse was theoretical. Once I saw the results, I'm quiet glad I made the purchase. Of course, maybe I could have seen the same results from another less expensive lens. I also could have saved some time changing lenses if I purchased a travel lens. Nevertheless, it worked great in bright and lower light, is quite sharp and and has some great bokeh. It can also see the difference from shots taken w/ my kit lens. As others have mentioned, the lens extends if it hang off your shoulder and points down.
    Date published: 2012-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent IQ!!! I bought one together with my A55. I love this lens! Having a Zeiss Distagon, I didn't expect the build quality to be up to that same level, but it is acceptable. High expectations (due to its name) will only lead to disappointment in the plastic build. However, the IQ is what counts and this delivers! Colors pop out with sharp images. Even though it is not a fixed aperture 2.8 lens, a 3.5-4.5 is pretty acceptable to make this compact and light. And the range, with a FF equivalent of 24-120, is really very useful.
    Date published: 2011-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens! I've used this for a month now and just love the lens. I'd read about these lenses not quite being up to the Zeiss name for build quality but I think this has been fixed. There's no space or jiggle between the lens and camera body (a common complaint) - very tight. The quality is very good and feels sturdy and well built - much better than the kit lens and other Sony zoom I had. And it's fast to focus and the quality is wonderful and a real step up from other Sony lenses. Great clear photos and nice bokeh and the 16mm wide angle is wonderful for landscape and wide perspective shots. This is one of those purchases that I thought about for a long time, but I'm confident I won't need a lens upgrade for a long time.
    Date published: 2011-08-05
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