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Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T DT Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
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- 5x zoom designed specifically for DSLR APS-size CCD
- Superb performance from wide angle to telephoto
- 2 glass-molded aspherical lenses for extra precision
- Circular aperture for pleasing defocused effects
- Auto clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation, wide focus ring for a solid feel in manual focusing
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR Series|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||petal shaped hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 3.27 inches|
|Item Display Weight||445 grams|
|Item Weight||0.98 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.35 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1-Year Warranty|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F4.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||80 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||14|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Style Name||16-80 Zeiss Lens|
From the Manufacturer
Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Zoom Lens
The lightest and most compact zoom in the Carl Zeiss lineup, this lens offers the greatest zoom range making it a superb single-lens solution for many photographers. It delivers acclaimed Carl Zeiss optical performance and handling with image quality that rivals the best prime lenses at any focal length.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.
Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating
Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.
The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you really really care about sharpness, resolution, MTF, then get multiple prime lenses. No zoom lenses match any Minolta/Sony prime lenses in this category.
But if you can compromise a little bit (just a little bit) and want some 5x zoom convenience, look no further. This lens gives you all. Yes it is not cheap for a digital-format (1.5x FOV) lens, but in addition you get the "Zeiss" color: deep and classy.
Is it perfect? No, it shows some vignetting when wide open.
Bottom line: If you have Sony Alpha 700 (or 100) and if you want a zoom lens which you can use on almost any situation, save some money and get this.
I recently purchased a Sony Alpha A100 digital camera with the 18-70 mm DT "kit" lens.
Although the camera itself performs admirably, the included lens was not as sharp and crisp as I wanted or expected.
So, as before with the film cameras, I purchased a better lens for the Sony Alpha - the SAL-1680Z 16-80 mm Carl Zeiss Zoom Lens.
The lens is obviously much better quality. It feels "tighter", and it's made in Japan rather than China. The lens is also heavier than typical "cheap" plastic lenses. Not "too heavy", but the kind of weight that says "quality".
However, the big difference came when I TRIED the lens and zoomed way into the resulting digital images.
This lens is razor sharp, with absolutely no chromatic abberation at any zoom length.
The only optical "problem" with this lens is a VERY slight vignetting in the extreme corners of the image when the lens is at full wide angle (16 mm). The field of view of this lens is so wide that lens attachments such as a protective UV filter ring must be chosen carefully so that they do not intrude into the image.
The zoom is smooth... the focus is super fast and scary precise.
The lens has an internal clutch which disengages the focus ring in auto focus mode. Cheap kit lenses do not have this feature.
This lens is amazingly good - it perfectly complements the Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera.Read more ›
I honestly didn't want it to be better than my beloved 16-105, just because I didn't want to spend the money, and I'd rather have the wider zoom range on hand when needed. The bad news for me was that it out-performed the 16-105 in sharpness and in color. The improvement wasn't stunning, but it was there when you looked for it. Did I have to look hard to see it? Actually, I did have to look very closely to see it, but it was always there. Please understand that I know and understand what constitutes good optical performance. I have the Zeiss 24-70, the G70-300, and the 50 F4, as well as the legendary Minolta 17-35. (In my film days I shot Hassleblad and Nikon as well as testing Leica-M.)
One reviewer said the vignetting was a problem. I can see slight darkening in the corners on my A580, but I wouldn't notice if I weren't looking for it. The same reviewer said he could see a slim B+W 62mm filter. I have a slim B+W XS-PRO nano 62mm, and I see no evidence of the filter if I screw the filter in all the way without tightening.
One reviewer on Amazon said the build quality was poor, and I've read that complaint from others on the web.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Huge Sony fan and Zeiss lenses are the best. This is a great lens, offering beautiful pictures. Plan to spend more on high quality lenses in the future because once you buy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shark Reader
A good overall lens in the vrange vivid colours and solid build.Published 5 months ago by Wong Sang Wuoh
Compact and lightweight which are important considerations in pairing up with the relatively compact and light Sony A65. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Par4DaCourse
been using this lens with sony a77 and a77ii for over 3 years. it's a good general purpose zoom lens, but not a pro quality lens. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pathguy