Your do-all lens for the Sony/Minolta camera bodies
4 January 2013
Summary: From super wide to portrait to medium zoom, this lens does it all!! For Minolta body owners, it makes the old 24-105 obsolete. The low end of the focal length should handle most group shots, even with the 1.5 conversion factor of the digital camera. And the fact that the apeture flips to 5.6 at about 30 mm should in no way affect your picture quality, especially if you're using a flash and/or taking indoor shots. Don't delay, go get this lens.
Summary: This lens is a very useful size and weight to carry about - and gives an effective 24 - 150mm focal length range on reduced sensor size. For most travel work, panorama, scenic, or people, this is all I would need most of the time. So you could leave it on the camera most of the time. It is fighting for survival against my 18 - 250mm which is effectively 27 - 375mm on reduced sensor size ; not quite wide enough for crowded spaces but what a great total reach !
A fantastic walkaround for landscapers and family photography
28 December 2010
Summary: I got this lens when my Sony 18-200 broke. I did quite a bit of research. The natural competitor for this lens is the Carl Zeiss 16-80. I chose this lens over the Zeiss lens because of reports of poor construction in the Zeiss lens (I had no stomach for that idea, given the fact that the Sony had just died), and the extra range of the Sony 16-105. Being used to 18-200, going to 16-80 was just too restricting. I've been using the 16-105 for about nine months now.
Summary: Pros explanation: The build of this lens is incredibly sturdy and feels like a quality lens, which it is. From using the old kit lens 18-70 and 16-105mm for the same photographs, you will notice the very saturated colors, much sharper than the kit lens. The focal range is very great for decreasing instances on changing lens. The wide angle surely comes in handy for wanting to capture those wide angle stadium shots or wedding parties.
Pros: Build, Quality, Zoom Range
Cons: focus ring, Softening of edges with low aperture
Summary: This is a very high quality lense. It takes excellent pictures with the Sony Alpha series. Fast Auto Focus. Great night shots, amazing actually. My only complaint is that the lense is very heavy as is the body, which makes carrying the camera inconvenient at times. Do the math on the weight before you buy. My friends have the Nikon Series and they all seem to be like feathers compared to my Sony boulder.
Summary: Nice optical Quality. Very light, but extremelly well built. Not very fast, but It is meant to be used with camera's stabilization. The only thing that doesn't convince me is the short and stiff manual focus ring.
Summary: Does what I wanted - wide angle to pretty good zoom capabilities. OK size and weight, although obviously much bigger and bulkier than 18-55 kit lens. Feels good quality and rhobust. One frustrating thing is lens creep - will quickly end up at the furthest zoom if you walk around without a case.
Summary: I found the standard 18-70mm lens which came with my Sony A350 left me with a sense that it could do better in terms of image quality. Compared to the 18-70 lens the 16105 feels heavy but it is only a question of getting used to it. The build quality is good and comes supplied with end caps and a petal lens hood. It is easy to use with crisp focusing (auto and manual)and the image quality is what you would expect from a lens of this price - it is sharp and good colour.
Excerpt: Значительно лучше кита. Лучше Тамрона, но естественно не по светосиле и ХА. Уступает Сигме в резкости, но выигрывает по контрасту и картинке. Картинка очень достойная. Хуже Цейса 16-80 по картинке и резкости на открытых, но зато быстрее фокусируется.
Pros: Размашистость, резкость, скорость фокусировки, контраст, красивые цвета.
Cons: ХА и падение резкости по углам, темный, кроп, цена
Excerpt: Покупал как универсальный штатник для съёмки природы и пейзажей, на замену киту и частично 55-200.Внешне выглядит очень внушительно,конструктив на высоте:удобные кольца зуммирования и фокусировки, есть шкала дистанции, металлический байонет. Из минусов заметный люфт "хобота" и кольца фокусировки, при ношении камеры на шее зум медленно выезжает.Теперь поговорим о картинке. Честно говоря не впечатлил совершенно.
Pros: Диапазон фокусных расстояний, Надёжный и продуманный конструктив, Неплохой цвет и контраст
Cons: Слабая резкость, Хроматические абберации, Высокая цена