Excerpt: I have used this lens for nearly an year,and most of my pictures were for travel, and a few closeup macro type shots. I had previously been using a Sony 18-70 mm kit zoom lens, which was satisfactory, both in picture sharpness and colour.However, when I started using the 16-80 lens, first thing I...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Summary: Zeiss won't make a bad lens. The 16-80 is short, sharp, and the equal to the 24-70 with a bit more on each end of the zoom. It is sharp, sharp, not just sharp. I photographed a soccer goal the day I got it; the lines in the goal are like razor blades.
Summary: This is my first piece of Ziess Glass. now Ziess made the glass I wish they made the entire thing. I agree with other post that when at 16 mm there is quite a bit of lens shadow (vignetting) at the edges of the photo. Zeiss themselves would have made sure that lens was perfect at any focal length.
Summary: For still shots, this is a great overall lens. This has been my walk-around lens on my A65 for a few months. The clarity and color were amazing compared to the kit lens. I would have given 5 stars, but the auto-focus in movie mode isn't the best for action scenes.
Excerpt: I've been using the Zeiss 1680Z for about two years and find it to be exceptional in terms of image quality, sharper than other lenses/brands in this price range. I agree that at 16mm the edges can be fuzzy, as well as extended to 80mm but both cases are easilly solved with a bit of cropping or an...
Excerpt: I know it's common, but we should band together and demand that lens makers put some sort of DOF scale on modern lenses - even zooms, or, at least include many more distance marks. Otherwise, this lens rocks.
Summary: I used this lens for about 5 months, and around 10,000 photos, before giving it to my wife and upgrading to the SAL24-70Z, the more expensive Zeiss zoom. Comparing this lens to the much more expensive 24-70, you realize that the cheaper lens is an outstanding value, but not without its shortcomings.
Excerpt: I have owned Zeiss lenses in the past and, in comparison, this lens is somewhat dissappointing. It's hard to get used to a plastic lens with the name ZEISS on it although, I really can't say it's construction is shoddy.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged