Sony SAL-16105 AF DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6(D) Autofocus Lens

Model #SAL16105

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.83 x 3.27" (7.2 x 8.3 cm)
Filter thread Front: 62 mm
Weight 1.03 lb (470 g)


Groups/elements 11/15
Magnification 0.23x
Angle of view 71° - 15°
Diaphragm blades 7
Format compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.3
Minimum focus distance 1.31' (40 cm)
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Focal length 16 - 105 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 - 157 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36


Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
16 February 2009

Review of the Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

  • +

    Good short-end resolution from f/5.6

  • -

    Poor resolution at longer focal lengths after f/11

14 September 2009

This lens is certainly capable of producing more than satisfactory results if used within its limitations, it just may pay to be fully aware of its shortcomings so you are not disappointed.

  • +

    Useful zoom range, Good build quality, Good centre resolution at the shorter end of the zoom range

  • -

    Resolution towards edges of the frame from 50mm onwards, Barrel distortion at 16mm, Prone to flare

Pop photo.32824722
11 March 2010

A few years ago a couple of Sony’s engineers from their Japan camera division came and spent the day at our test lab to see how we test cameras and lenses. It was at a time when Sony’s DSLR market was still in its infancy, having only the Alpha 100 and 900 in its DSLR lineup and a few refurbished...

12 June 2010

A general purpose 6.5x zoom lens for APS-C sensor Sony and Minolta digital SLR cameras offering a wide-angle equivalent of a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera.

  • +

    Useful zoom range, Good build quality, Good centre resolution at the shorter end of the zoom range

  • -

    Resolution towards edges of the frame from 50mm onwards, Barrel distortion at 16mm, Prone to flare

Lenstip com.34355424
10 November 2009

The Sony DT 16-105 mm is difficult to assess. On the one hand, when we look at its performance from the perspective of a very good Zeiss’s 16-80 mm result we don’t like it much. In fact it loses practically in every category and offers instead the telephoto range wider by 25 mm (but paid with a...

  • +

    solid, tasteful and compact barrel in the same time,, very universal and unparalleled focal lengths range,, excellent or very good frame center image quality,, very good frame edge image quality at shorter focal lengths,, chromatic aberration well-controlled in the middle of the focal lengths...

  • -

    very high vignetting at 16 mm,, high distortion at 16 mm,, the image quality at 105 mm could have been better,, visible chromatic aberration at the extremes of the range,, visible coma at shorter focal lengths.

Photozone de.34752480
18 October 2009

Unsurprisingly the Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT is a lens of compromises - the lens offers a highly attractive 6.5x zoom ratio but this sets natural limits performance-wise. At max. aperture the border quality leaves something to be desired may it be resolution, vignetting or lateral CAs.

User Reviews
18 June 2016

I have resisted writing this as long as possible, but can no longer put it off. I have used Minolta/Sony for 26 years, and have loved them--until now. I am using Minolta lenses that are 26 years old with NO problems whatsoever.

28 June 2013

Aside from this lens not reaching the lowest of low F-stops, this lens does it ALL. From architecture wide angle photography and landscapes to portraits of people and objects with high detail to the sports shot from across the field. you can capture everything.

  • +

    Wide angle focal length, and great zoom capacity.

  • -

    i wish the f-stop was slightly lower maybe F2.8

4 February 2016

Good product good pic quality. Received this product v cheap

5 November 2015

I bought this lens to go with my Alpha 57, which was stolen, alas. I now use it with an Alpha 65. It gives good performance throughout the range and is good value money. It is an excellent replacement for the kit zoom, giving a step up in image quality. A bit heavy though.

21 June 2014

Good general purpose zoom, nice and clear.

  • +

    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus

  • -

    Lens Creep

2 September 2013

Advertised as f/3.5 - 5.6. At 16 mm focal length, the maximum aperture is f/3.5. However, at 24 mm focal length, it jumps to f/4.5, and at 35 mm focal length, it jumps to f/5, which is disappointingly "slow", This information is not available in the "specifications".

27 February 2012

First I love this lens....I use it with my a55 which I purchased at the same time. It takes beautiful pictures. The only thing that that I am not happy about, I bought this lens thinking that it had a Internal focusing system that did not "change the length of the lens" as it is stated in the specs.

  • +

    This is the perfect lens to keep on my camera.

  • -

    The length does change! Unlike what it says in the specs.

Lenstip com.34355424
29 January 2012

Best for "always on". Wont miss a shot because of having to change the lens first without compromising image quality.

  • +

    Very sharp, incredible quality for zoom range equaling 24-160 on 35mm

  • -

    Not too fast, F 3.5 at 16mm only

20 August 2011

I don't think this lens will achieve greatness in the pantheon of lenses, but on the other hand for $650 you get a decent lens that performs will under a lot of different conditions. Attach it to your camera and walk around all day, it will take good shots and not break your back with its weight.

6 June 2011

Does what I wanted - wide angle to pretty good zoom capabilities. OK size and weight, although obviously much bigger and bulkier than 18-55 kit lens. Feels good quality and rhobust. One frustrating thing is lens creep - will quickly end up at the furthest zoom if you walk around without a case.

  • +

    Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged

  • -

    Lens Creep

Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 24-157.5mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • 2x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.3'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
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In The Box
  • Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH105 Lens Hood for 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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