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Sony SAL16105 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Wide-Range Zoom Lens
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Overall score: 84%
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- 16-105mm focal length
- 24-157.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F3.5-5.6 maximum aperture; F22-36 minimum
- AF via camera body motor
- 62mm filters
- 0.40m/15.75" minimum focus
- Sony Alpha mount for APS-C DSLRs
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH105|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Included Components||Front and rear lens cap - C-SH104 lens hood -|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 3.27 inches|
|Item Display Weight||470 grams|
|Item Weight||1.04 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.40 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 yr limited|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
Review summary from DPReview
This is a very good lens for Alpha users looking to upgrade over their kit zoom. The versatility of the focal length range goes a long way towards making up for the inevitable optical compromises, and as such the lens easily earns our recommendation.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 Wide-Range Zoom Lens
The 16-105mm rnage of this lens is a "sweet spot" for many photographers, wide enough at the 16mm end to capture indoor scenes and long enough at 105mm to fill the frame with relatively distant subjects. Comfortable handling is another plus, thanks to the compact and lightweight design.
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.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.
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.
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
Someone commented on the lens being heavy. That's a relative thing. It is much, much lighter than the Zeiss 70-24. That's partly because the Zeiss has a wider aperture and works full frame. The 16-105 is, however, heavier than typical Minolta film camera lenses.
The feel of the build quality is impressive. It is very, very close to the subjective feel of the Zeiss 24-70, which is possibly the best made lens on the market. If you twist and wiggle the two lenses, you can detect a very slightly tighter tolerance in the Zeiss, but you have to try -- it's not readily apparent.
This is my walk-around lens of choice. I also considered the ...Read more ›
Recently I purchased and tried the Sony 16-105mm lens. I found that it produces results very similar to a G glass lens. In fact I am very impressed. I recently took portraits of 100 students during a choir tour. All the shots were taken from the aisle while the bus was moving with only a single external flash bounced from the ceiling and a small reflector positioned in the lap of each student.
When I reviewed the images on the computer I was amazed at the performance of this lens. Sharp (I look for the sharpness of the eye lashes at 100%)and beautiful colors with little need for any post processing. I love the image stabilization of the Sony alpha body. Image that sharp pictures in a moving bus with a shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/100. I liked my a700 and a55 camera bodies before but now I like them even better. A fine lens makes all the difference and I consider the Sony 16-105mm a fine lens considering it's price of $599. My only wish is that it had a lens lock.
My recommendation when buying an Alpha camera body (not full frame) would be to buy the Sony 16-105mm first, then a Minolta 50mm f1.4, a Sigma 70mm macro f 2.8 and then the very fine Sony CZ 24-70mm and 70-400mm when you can afford them. You will use these lenses the rest of your life.
I've been using the 16-105 for about nine months now. I have to say, I love this lens. It's very sharp when you do your part. The construction quality is very high. It focuses quickly, and I've never had issues with chromatic aberration or color fringing. You can get some vignetting at 16mm, but it's usually very easy to take care of in post processing. Stopping down a bit also prevents the vignetting.
It's a little slower lens than the F stop range indicates; the maximum aperture drops quickly once you get above 16mm. That's probably my biggest issue with this lens. It's great as a walkaround lens in a sunny climate. For wintertime in Europe, you'll want something faster along with you. One other issue to be aware of; this lens needs slim filters if you're going to spend a lot of time at 16mm. When I put the polarizing filter I already owned on this lens (a Hoya 62mm (G SERIES) Circular Polarizer PL CIR Filter), it doesn't just vignette; the filter is actually visible on the corners of the image. The image is solid black in the corners. I've read that the ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband bought this for my birthday, I have a telephoto lens and a standard 55mm lens and this lens has become my universal lens, I absolutely love it!Published 7 months ago by Brandon Beisheim
I switched from Nikon to Sony and love this lens as my walk around lens. Excellent sharpness and detail.Published 19 months ago by Michael Paschen Sr
This has become my primary lens on my A580. It covers most of the range that I need, with the exception of long range wildlife photos. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Paul D Bagley
We bought a similar lens off craigslist. Was shocked at the difference between the lenses. This gives crisp clear pictures. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by S. Jonas
From super wide to portrait to medium zoom, this lens does it all!!
For Minolta body owners, it makes the old 24-105 obsolete. Read more
I did a lot of research and read all the reviews when I bought this lens with my new Sony SLR. It is a great travel lens and takes wonderful photos! Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Dana
It is great lens with very useful range and great image quality. It is light and sharp and is mounted on camera 90% of time. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Alex Vox
I think I found the best affordable replacement for the kit lens I got with my Sony Alpha A300. The CZ 18-60mm was not in my budget. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by zeevb
By far the best lens I bought. The great focal length of this lens covers almost every shot whether wide or zoomed, it's just perfect with no moving elements when auto focusing. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by H. Kathem