Summary: been using this lens with sony a77 and a77ii for over 3 years. it's a good general purpose zoom lens, but not a pro quality lens. there are very noticeable vignette and chromatic aberration at 16mm, though both can be correct in photoshop lightroom.
Summary: I put it on my A-77 but it looked cheap. The kit lens looks much more better. With the kit lens the flash doesn't pop up but with this one it dose every time I'm indoors or even in the shade. You get what you pay for
Summary: I'm a long time Minolta user and unconditional supporter (since 1971 : 3 SRT 101, 1 XG, 2 Maxuum 9000), and did enjoy a lot the five Sony Cybershot , so when Sony released its Alpha 700, I went for it with a SAL 1680 (SN 3823746),,,, and I did appreciate to be able to use again my 300 mm, macro...
Pros: Sharpness and apparently a good deal price wise
Summary: I purchased this lens alongwith Sony SLT A55V a few days back. It is an ok lens, but given its price and "Zeiss" label I would have expected much better results. It is neither sharp nor are the colors great nor is the build quality great.
Summary: This is a nice lens that covers an attractive zoom range. It is nice and sharp all around with good colour and contrast. A good walk-around lens. But at this price the build is a little embarrassing. The zoom creeps down when only slightly turned downward. Sony should fix this problem.
Pros: Sharp at most settings, nice colour, nice range
Cons: Poor build, zoom creep shouldn't happen for this price!
Excerpt: Excellent resolution, but unacceptable vignetting at 16mm f3.5. Images at all apertures display noticeable reduction in corner exposure. Although this can be reduced in image processing software, it should not be present in a lens of this quality.
Sharp optics, but high price, average build and dated design
Mr Baz, Amazon
2 January 2013
Summary: I've owned and used a few of these over the years most recently purchased one last year to add to my A mount collection. There is a lot to like about this lens, released in 2007 just after Sony took over from Minolta this was a much sought after lens copying the Sony R1's focal range onto the Alpha...
Summary: Habe mein 16-80 Zeiss seit etwas über 3 Jahren ... es macht tolle Bilder - mein 16-50 macht Bessere und: hatte es eben zum Tausch der vorderen Linsengruppe, da sich die Verklebung der Linsen löste und somit der Randbereich der vorderen Linsengruppe eintrübte --- Reparatur: 270,-€ ...