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

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Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-4.5 to f/22-29
  • Two Aspherical Elements
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 1.1' and it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.
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Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Overview

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 1.1' 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 Sony A-mount APS-C-format cameras, the 16-80mm will provide a versatile wide-angle to telephoto 24-120mm equivalent focal length.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
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.
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 1.1'.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242694286

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

Focal Length16 to 80mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 120mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 4.5
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 29
Lens MountSony A
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View83° to 20°
Minimum Focus Distance1.15' / 35 cm
Maximum Magnification0.24x
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.83 x 3.27" / 72 x 83 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.02" / 127.5 mm
Weight15.7 oz / 445 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.76 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.55 x 4.7 x 4.55"

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

The (almost) perfect walk-around lens

By SonyA900
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-06

I purchased this lens new 7 years ago along with the Sony A580. Had to send the first one back due to severe pincushion effect. The second one is good except, as others have mentioned, the vignetting at 16mm is really bad. It takes a lot of work in Post to correct it. The build quality is questionable. Only lens I own that the barrel noticeably wobbles around the central axis and it has bad "Lens Creep" (fixed with a silicone band). Aside from these 2 problems, this is a very sharp lens with a great zoom range on APS-C bodies.

High Quality General Purpose Zoom

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-20

I purchased this lens as an upgrade to my Sony 18-70 mm kit lens that came with my Alpha. I am very pleased with quality of pictures I am getting with it. The pictures are sharp at both ends of the zoom range and corner to corner at wide apertures. The colors are rendered a little cool, but nothing which cannot be corrected by post processing. There is a bit of barrel distortion at the 16 mm end, but unless one is taking pictures of brick walls at close range, it is not normally noticeable.

Sony 16-80Z Varop Sonnar

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-06

I have used this lens for nearly an year,and most of my pictures were for travel, and a few closeup macro type shots. I had previously been using a Sony 18-70 mm kit zoom lens, which was satisfactory, both in picture sharpness and colour.However, when I started using the 16-80 lens, first thing I noticed was it's sharpness of image, edge to edge even at wide open apertures. The barrel distortion at 16 mm is sometimes noticable only if I was shooting a subject with horizontal and vertical lines, like shooting in downtown Chicago. The only thing I don't like about this lens is the coolness of the colour,and to correct this, I always shoot in Vivid mode, and also use the manual White Balance set to warmer colours. The 35mm equiv of 120 mm focal length at the tele end is in most cases quite adequate, and only in rare oases, I had to get my 75-300mm lens out to get closeups of distance objects. I am in general very pleased with the lens, and would recommend to anybody.

Exactly what I needed

By Amateur Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-08-14

This lens functions as my primary lens. For an amateur who is just starting to really get into photography, this lens provides an ideal focal/zoom range. Upgrading to this from the kit lens provides an amazing leap in picture quality. Colors, clarity, and overall sharpness are miles ahead of a kit lens. That being said, the autofocus is somewhat noisy and the aperture craps out at f3.5. But I don't really count these as negatives because I did my research before buying the product, so I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. The two above issues can be fixed of course, but that would require buying the two thousand dollar Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 lens...something that is way out of my price range. For what I payed I could not be happier.

Good "walk around" lens

By RedJack
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-06-12

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.

Carl Zeiss quailty

By birdbird
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-18

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.

Amazing picture quality. Would buy it again!

By Alexander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-15

Amazing picture quality. Would buy it again!

Good zoom lens by Carl Zeiss

By gann
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-01-10

The Lens is lightweight and look very good on my camera. The lens is fast and awesome. I recommend this excellent Lens.

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