Excerpt: This is the first lens I bought (after the 18-55mm that came with my a65). It's a really good travel lens, allowing you to shoot a wide range of pictures without having to constantly change your lens. Great picture quality/colors. On the down side it's a little bit heavy/bulky (compared to the 18-55 mm) and I realized only later that my camera has a x1.5 crop factor so the lense is more a 24-157mm for me.
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.
Excerpt: I bought this as a replacement for my Zeiss 16/80mm that I dropped and it couldn't be repaired. I debated on whether to go with the same as what I had or the Sony which is $250 cheaper and has an extra 25mm in focal length. This is a very good lens and the sharpness difference is minimal. the zoom mechanism isn't quite as smooth but that's really nitpicking. I would recommend this lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
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 !
Excerpt: I consider myself an advanced consumer and the following is my review of using this lens with a A550 camera. The lens has good light gathering capabilities. I would have preferred it to be a little faster, but at f/3.5, it meets my current needs. The pictures are sharp and the colors are true. I have taken some pictures which are destined to be blown up and will go up on a wall. I have notices lens-creep, if you carry the camera with the lens pointed downwards.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
A fantastic walkaround for landscapers and family photography
13 September 2009
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: 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.