Sony DT 16-80mm Carl Zeiss Lens

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A Compact Everything-in-one Zoom Lens

Sony Z SAL-1680 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T DT Zoom Lens

Sony 16-80mm Carl Zeiss Lens The Sony DT16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss Lens is a 5x autofocus professional-grade zoom lens engineered for Sony Alpha and Minolta DSLR cameras. The optics are optimized for the lesser diameter APS-C image circle employed on DSLR cameras.

A Carl Zeiss' optical layout combined the anti-flare T* coat employed on this lens to help minimize flaring while increasing contrast. When mounted on an APS-C  DSLR camera, the focal length becomes 24-120mm. It's a compact everything-in-one zoom lens, which is ideal for portraits, snapshots, interiors or outdoor scenes.

The build is really cheap, which one could live with. But what impossible to endure is the unacceptable vignetting and the loose build intolerances to which the lens was manufactured so that even mounting a slim B+W UV 62mm filter on the lens, the filter can actually be seen when photographing at 16mm. If you're accustomed to and insist upon the quality of build which goes hand in hand with the optical accomplishment of a genuine Zeiss, pass this lens by and hope that more high performance optics are coming down the road to mount on Sony full frame cameras. Or take a look at the Nikon ZF mount version. Note! Not congruent with 35mm SLR or "full-frame" DSLR cameras. Aug 29, 2011 - Announced Jun 5, 2006 ✓


DT lenses employ an optical system that is specifically designed for APS-C digital SLR cameras

Two glass-molded aspherical lens elements correct visual aberrations and improve picture quality

The Auto Clutch mechanism stops the manual focus ring from rotating while in AF mode.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length16 80 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Sony Alpha  
Angle of view 83-20  
Largest aperture opening F3.5 - F4.5  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F29.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Aperture annotations Circular aperture  
Total Elements 14  
Number of Groups 10  
Minimum focus distance 0.35 m (13.78")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.24 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Screw drive from camera  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Overall weight445 g (0.98 lb) 15.5 oz  
Lens diameter 72 mm (2.83")  
Overall length 83 mm (3.27")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 62 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code petal shaped hood  
Tripod collar included No
Accessories Front & Rear Lens Caps

Lens Includes
Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT Autofocus Lens
Front & Rear Lens Caps
Lens Hood
1-Year Warranty

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Sony 16-80mm Carl Zeiss Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5