Among the poorer-handling zooms here, with sluggish, noisy AF and uneven zoom and manual-focusing actions, this lens makes up for it optically. In our tests, it was plenty sharp, with Imperceptible distortion at two of three tested focal lengths
When the Sony Alpha 100, our 2006 Camera of the Year, debuted last year, the only optics available for it were cosmetically updated Konica Minolta lenses. At the time, Sony promised a future line of Zeiss-designed glass. This 16- 80mm f/3.5-4.5 ($660, street) -- a vaunted T*, no less -- is the first of the promised line to run the Pop Photo Lab gauntlet. How does it compare with Sony's similar but less expensive 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom ($190, street)? Let's see.
|Range:||Wide Angle |
|Full-Time Manual Focus Override:||No|
|Minimum Focal Length:||16 mm|
|Maximum Focal Length:||80 mm|