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Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5

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Manufacturer Sony
Model Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 16 - 80 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 4.5
Angle of view 83 - 20 o
Closest focusing distance 0.35 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.16
Minimum aperture 29
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 72 x 83 mm
Weight 445 g
Additional information 2 aspherical lenses. Anounced: June 2006.
Average rating (6 owners reviews)
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4.17 Good
Owners reviews (6)
  1. Arkady
    Arkady 20 April 2013, 18:07
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    IP 85.250.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: ~$700
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Трудно сфокусировать в ручном режиме - очень короткий ход .

    Pros: Резкость, контраст, цвет - всё нравится. Очень удачный диапазон фокусных расстояний при достаточной светосиле.

    Summary: Универсальный зум для большинства моих задач.

  2. Altair
    Altair 17 February 2013, 10:52
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    IP 86.67.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 617 Euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Doesn't have the aperture of the Sony 16-50/2.8. Build not up to the more expensive Zeiss.

    Pros: Very sharp lens with long range, light and compact, perfect for landscape, travel or walk-around. Only Zeiss lens available at this level of price.

    Summary: The best lens for Sony Alpha 65 or 57. For A77 would recommend the Sony 16-50, more adapted in term of size.

  3. Johnny van Graan
    Johnny van Graan 11 October 2012, 22:54
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    IP 41.56.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: It seems to be a very "plasticky" lens. It is prone to creeping. A great pity that it isn't waterproof!

    Pros: Optically - very sharp. It is my primary workhorse lens - and on some occasions - especially during summer months - used for 500 + shots per day, mostly in very harsh South African agricultural and mining conditions. It is by far the best value for money I've had in more than 30 years. A very very forgiving lens and in spite of its appearance proven to be very durable.

    Summary: Very highly recommended.

  4. Scott
    Scott 11 May 2011, 17:46
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    IP 83.137.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 375 GBP (S
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Some reports of quality issues re loose zoom and AF at wide end (though my second hand copy is fine). Costly brand new (but mine was a bargain S/H)

    Pros: SHARP!!!!! Good contrast and colours

    Summary: Solidly built, useful range on an aps C and this lens is sharp, particularly with a little PP sharpening in software - I took a full 16MP image and cropped it down to 1/8th the original size and was amazed at how sharp the 2 figures in my picture were in the much smaller crop. An excellent walkaround lens.

  5. Markofnikoff
    Markofnikoff 12 November 2010, 11:29
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    IP 145.120.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 600 Euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Build quality could be better, zoom creep and slight wobbling - No SSM

    Pros: - Sharp as a razor - Useful focal range - Nice aperture range compared to peers - Not bulky or to heavy

    Summary: Great walk around zoom lens with amazing optics. Sharp very contrasty and nice colors. Though the build quality is not great (zoom creep and just a plastic feel), it has withstand some serious rain and outside usage.

  6. Davidinho
    Davidinho 13 May 2009, 08:37
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    IP 145.250.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 650 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: -Built quality: good but not as good as you would expect from a Zeiss labeled lens. However the price is much lower than other Zeiss lenses. - distortion at 16mm: usual for this kind of zoom but the DSC-R1 was better...

    Pros: - colours: zeiss touch, contrast, rich tones, it seems there's a polorizing filter in it - fast: 3.5-4.5 is nice, almost a constant f4 - sharp: do not need to stop down like the other Sony 16-105

    Summary: Better than the Sony 16-105 (faster, sharper) and with zeiss colours! Buy it if you can afford it

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