Summary: The Sony DT 16-80mm promises to be the perfect general-purpose zoom for discerning Alpha DSLR owners. With an equivalent range of 24-120mm it zooms both wider and longer than the standard kit lens, and with the pedigree of respected lens company Carl Zeiss behind it, the DT 16-80mm should have few concerns in the quality department.
In use the DT 16-80mm can certainly deliver excellent results.
Pros: Flexible general purpose range., High contrast and very sharp results., Relatively small and light., Squeezes best from the Alpha system.
Cons: Build quality not a big upgrade over kit lenses., AF noise and speed similar to kit lenses., Manual focus ring not very smooth., Macro no better than kit lens.