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

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Product Features


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

        

 The 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT Standard Zoom Lens from Sony is a professional-grade 5x zoom lens specifically designed for the Sony DT Alpha and Minolta DSLR cameras. The optics of this lens have been optimized for smaller APS-C image sensors used within these cameras. With a crop factor of 1.5x, the equivalent 35mm focal length for this lens is 24-120mm. Carl Zeiss' optical design and anti-flare T* (T-star) coatings used for this lens help to increase contrast and reduce lens flare.

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 24-120mm
This 16-80mm lens has a 5x zoom factor, and is the 35mm equivalent of a 24-120mm lens on the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Aperture Range: f/3.5-29
With a maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5 and minimum of f/22-29, this lens' aperture changes depending on the level of zoom used to capture the image. If you start at 24mm on f/3.5 and zoom to 120mm, the maximum aperture will change to f/4.5.
For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony Alpha APS-C sensor cameras, DT lenses employ an optical system that is specifically designed for digital SLR cameras which incorporate an APS-C size CCD image sensor.
Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coating
This Carl Zeiss lens features T* (T-Star) coatings that reduce the lens flare, internal reflections and light scattering that can otherwise occur on the surface of the lens' glass elements.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 62mm
The 62mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Full frame 100% crop
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ

7D; 1/750s; F4.5; 80mm; focus distance 0.40m

Klaus is far more capable at providing a technical lens review than me and his review is just great.

Saying that, from my own personal experience, the lens didn't disappointed where things really matter. From 16 to 80mm, from F3.5-F4.5 and up the lens performs really well. In many cases it outperformed the resolution of my aged 7D sensor. Edge sharpness can be better but we can't expect wonders from an APS-C lens. 

Colors and contrast are just right (can't say that for most new lens designs I had the chance to try) and that's certainly very encouraging. I very often ranted about how much i miss the quality of old Minolta lens designs and that special feel they draw from the captured light. I'm not saying Carl Zeiss  did that with 16-80 lens, but for my tastes and preferences color and contrast this lens is giving us, this is a step in the right direction (compared to so many "boring" lenses without "personality" that are sold today). 

Sorry to "disappoint" those of you who expected serious color aberrations and purple fringing issues with this lens. I have tried getting some awful results but didn't succeed :) The lens controls aberration very well, which is quite an accomplishment in my opinion. Of course don't expect a lens totally free of this anomaly.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ
7D; 1/250s; F8; 16mm; CA and PF isn't an issue with the lens.

Flare is under control as well and only highly demanding situations will produce it.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ
7D; 1/1000s; F5.6; 16mm; flare can be seen in the left lower corner, but the scene is quite demanding.

For those of you "bokeh-freaks": this isn't STF lens, but taking in mind the big compromises the designers used in this lens I would say that the lens isn't bad bokeh-wise. It's certainly better than many zoom lenses sold today.

Without any doubt main key of interest for many possible owners of this lens is the flexibility this lens is providing. 16-80mm (24-120mm 35mm eqv.) is something can't be emphasised enough. For the first time since I've been usign a digital SLR, I was in the position to bring on my vacation one lens only without the fear that I will miss something. 

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ
7D; 1/200s; F5.6; 16mm

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ
7D; 1/2000s; F5.6; 80mm.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680CZ
7D; 1/200s; F5.6; 80mm.

I'm sure many of you are familiar images like these and more than a few of us usually bring our point and shoot cameras because we found lens changing too cumbersome at times. This lens is just the right one for these situations and unlike (too) many cheap "super-zooms" it will provide excellent optical performance.










Product Specification


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

 

Performance
Focal Length 16 - 80mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 83° - 20°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.44" (6.20 cm)
Magnification 0.24x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 14/10
Diaphragm Blades 7

 

Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No

 

Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 3.27" (7.19 x 8.31 cm)
Weight 15.70 oz (445 g)


 

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