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Sony 16-80mm Zoom Lens (SAL1680Z)

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Compatibility : All Sony SLR cameras
  • Optical : lenses/groups : 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Minimum focusing : 0.35 mm
  • A versatile wide angle 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 lens with 5x zoom. T coating for high light transmission
  • ZEISS standard zoom lens
  • A-mount, APS-C
  • Aspherical lens for high contrast, luminous images

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Sony 16-80mm Zoom Lens (SAL1680Z) + Hoya 62mm Pro-1 Digital UV Screw in Filter + Hoya 62mm Pro-1 Digital Circular Polarizing Filter
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm ; 445 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: SAL1680Z.AE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Oct 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Product Description

The DT 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Vario-Sonnar lens for Sony Alpha cameras provides a 24-120 mm focal length (35 mm equivalent), and coversall the most frequently used focal ranges. This means that you can enjoy takingboth portrait and landscape photos of the highest quality, with a fast and silentauto-focus that doesn't weigh down your camera. Its aspheric glass elementsguarantee high definition results, while the circular diaphragm lets you createartistic effects. The great value 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens from Carl Zeiss forSony makes anything possible!


Compatibility : All Sony SLR cameras

Optical : lenses/groups : 14 elements in 10 groups

Minimum focusing : 0.35 mm

Filter diameter : 62 mm

Included accessories : Front and rear lens caps, travel case, petal-shaped lens hood

Dimensions : 72 83 mm

Weight : 445 g

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Competing with the big boys! 14 Dec 2009
By Ugly1
Let's pretend that you do not have unlimited funds. Let's pretend that you want to buy a selection of lenses that cover all of the options, or as close as your finances will sensibly allow. Let's make the further assumption that you want to produce the very best quality photographs that you possibly can. You will undoubtedly want to buy a zoom and this lens from Sony is an excellent place to start. Some would say that given these boundaries and the limitation of available lenses for the Sony range, it is the only place to start if you have a tight budget.

It says 'Zeiss' on the lens and to the best of my knowledge 'Carl Zeiss' hasn't put his name to any 'stinkers' so far for DSLR's are concerned. 'Carl Zeiss' makes optics, good optics, up there with the best and for that of course you pay a premium. It is a similar story with Sony's 'G' range.

This lens is the cheapest 'Zeiss' for a DSLR. Do I care that is not made out of metal? I do not. The lens looks and feels good. There is nothing inferior about the construction or materials in this lens, it just is not metal that's all.

If you don't have a full size sensor, (I am talking to the people in the cheap seats here, the owners of 200's 300's 700's and 500's) you need to get as many pixels on the page as possible. That means getting as much as you can right in the camera to avoid death by cropping. You also need good glass. This Sony lens is undoubtedly good glass! I have found that it produces good results throughout its whole range. But stay away from using it at maximum zoom and the results from its widest aperture to F11 and the results are scalpel sharp and really quite amazing with minimal anomalies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've owned and used a few of these over the years most recently purchased one last year to add to my A mount collection.
There is a lot to like about this lens, released in 2007 just after Sony took over from Minolta this was a much sought after lens copying the Sony R1's focal range onto the Alpha DSLR range.

I will kick off with my usual good/bad points list.

+ Very useful 24-120mm equivalent focal range for APS-C bodies. This could be your standard use most lens and a decent update from a kit lens.
+ Lens is very sharp in the centre at all focal lengths, and even at the wide end delivers good corners stopping down a little (f5.6). Sharpness wise it is worthy of the Zeiss name
+ f4.5 isn't fast at 80mm, but it's a bit better than the normal f5.6 you would normally get
+ Hood included, and lens bag so quite satisfactory bundle. And yes you get a Zeiss badged lens cap!
+ 7 rounded aperture blades, whilst not the ideal lens for background blur, it's not bad either at the faster apertures
+ Focus ring does not rotate with AF, front element does not rotate either useful for filter users (but note vignetting)
+ AF is quite fast depending on the body use, I've been happy enough on a variety of bodies with this lens. (bit noisy though)

- Expensive. Price has varied on this lens from a low point of just under 400, to it's current price of nearly 600
- Build is decent enough with quite good plastics, but this is not Carl Zeiss build, nor does it have the quality of build you expect for the price paid
- Vignetting an issue mostly at the wide end over and whilst it improves stopping down, you should take care to use thin filters with this lens (or it could cause even more issues)
- Screw drive AF.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but not perfect 23 Feb 2009
By popo
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Optically this is what standard zooms should be. It is sharp throughout the range. Negatives include some chromatic aberration at 16mm, and also at 16mm it is prone to vignetting if you use filters.

Physically it feels solid. At the price it is a shame they used the slotted screw system to drive the focus instead of their SSM system, but it works fast enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected 23 Dec 2011
By Crusty
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I'm not a camera tech. expert but I enjoy photography - what I seem to hear more and more is that the lens is the important thing more than the camera body. Neither am I the sort of person who can easily detect chromatic aberrations nor comment on the quality of bokeh.
What I can say though - is that the lens has helped me enjoy my photography more & more - with sharp pictures and I rarely want to swap lenses.
Worth the money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it? 2 Jun 2009
this is a great lens. Simple to use, quiet functionality, but most importantly it takes great pictures. With such a magnification range it could quite easily be the only lens you would need for your camera. If Im being really fussy its a bit on the expensive side but it is very well made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best zoom 16 to 80 for Sony Alpha's 17 Aug 2013
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Gets the best out of the Alpha 65 and 77. Allows drastic cropping of image and still remain sharp. Build quality could be better at this cost point. This is my second one, the first lost a argument with a concrete floor. Would recommend it in spite of relative high cost.
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