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Sony DT Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 35mm Zoom
The SAL-1680Z is ultimate all-in-one zoom lens designed specifically for DSLR imaging. It's the first professional-grade 5X zoom lens specifically designed for APS-size CCD image sensors providing incredible precision in a single compact, easy-to-carry lens that carries you from 24mm wide-angle to 120mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). Advanced Carl Zeiss optical design and anti-flare T* Coating make this one of the most valued lenses in the world of digital photography.
Submitted by Greg McCary a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, Great out of camera shots, tough build quality
Carl Zeiss says it all. This is the little brother to the full frame 24-70mm. I get the same results with this on my a77 as I do with the 24-70mm and my a850. It is a lot more light weight and compact than the 24-70mm lens. Not 2.8 but you won't miss that factor a second and won't even think about it.
It produces great out of camera shots that need no post processing, no sharpening, no adding color or contrast. If you know how to compose and expose properly this one is made for gun and run fun.
Sharp all the way across all apertures and focal ranges. Shot it and post it if you need to. It's a great addition to my bag and a wonderful walk around lens. Nice and compact for the power it packs. All this is given I usually carry heavy gear. Some might not consider it light weight. But with what I normally carry it's light to me.
I am suprised that how well it performes given it's small diameter, siz ect. Most lenses that perform as good as this one are much larger.
Price Paid: $850.00
Purchased At: adorama
Similar Products Used: Olympus 12-60mm, Olympus 14-54mm
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by Lee Rothman a Professional
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2011
Strengths: Sharpness, contrast, and lack of CA or artifacts is at the top of it's game. Focus speed is also excellent as it is driven by the camera. Build overall is excellent as well
Weaknesses: The possibility exists that you might get a less than perfect copy right out of the starting gate so be prepared to test and return if necessary. A good copy is worth waiting for.
Given a good copy, this lens essentially has NO rivals. it provides the finest sharpness, contrast and lack of CA of any lenses in this focal range. You certainly do pay a price, and run the risk of getting a less then perfect copy, but as long as you buy from a good source that will let you exchange you're all set. Build is excellent with NO slop in my copy. Near instant to focus on a Sony A55
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $750.00
Purchased At: B&H
Similar Products Used: Nikkor 18-105vr
Type of photography: Outdoor
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