Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT Autofocus Lens

Model #SAL1680Z

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Weight 15.70 oz (445 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.83 x 3.27" (7.19 x 8.31 cm)
Filter thread Front: 62 mm


Minimum focus distance 2.44" (6.20 cm)
Format compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.16
Magnification 0.24x
Angle of view 83° - 20°
Focal length 16 - 80 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
Groups/elements 10/14
Diaphragm blades 7
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
Minimum: f/22 - 29


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

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.

Techradar uk.32817471
3 June 2011

From the legendary Carl Zeiss stable of Vario-Sonnar lenses, the DT 16-80mm is a class act that delivers a powerful 5x zoom range, equivalent to 24-120mm. The bland styling isn't much to look at, but the zoom and focus rings work smoothly.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
7 March 2014

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...

27 July 2015

Compact and lightweight which are important considerations in pairing up with the relatively compact and light Sony A65. I personally like the colors that are produced with this lens and camera body. The clarity and sharpness is what I would expect from a Zeiss lens.

11 June 2013

This is a very good zoom lens for general use in an APS-C camera. I've had mine for 5 years and haven't had any problems at all. It's almost always been on my camera and never disappointed. I've used it at weddings, sporting events, indoors, outdoors, you name it.

  • +

    Much better than average imaging, looks good

  • -

    Mediocre build quality, not sealed, not silent

Shopping com.33655990
14 August 2011

Despite its convenience, great contrast, and good colors, this lens suffers too much from poor sharpness, an unuseable manual focus ring, and strong vignetting to receive a positive recommendation.

  • +

    Great contrast, good colors, compact, light weight.

  • -

    Unuseable manual focus, strong vignetting at most focal lengths, poor sharpness at many focal lengths.

Photography review.34752477
6 May 2012

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.

  • +

    Light weight, Great out of camera shots, tough build quality

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25 February 2017

this is a very good,quality lens for the price.The images are superb.

22 January 2017

This is the bestperforming lens I have ever owned. Chromatic aberration is minimal over the useful zoom range. Would have given it 5 stars (and more) if it had a barrel lock to stop the zoom extending whilst not using the lens. A serious omission Sony - why, oh why!!!

31 October 2016

Great optics, I wish it had its own ultrasonic drive. It is very expensive.

21 August 2016

Not worth the expensive price, mainly due to significant vignetting at 16-17mm, which requires heavy cropping, turning the lens to a 18-19mm wideangle. Also, quite bad chromatic aberration at certain settings (magenta tinge in some cases).

29 May 2016

Very disappointed in receiving bad lens. There's a very visible haze on the lens. Will be returning shortly

Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 24-120mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-29
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.4"
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coating
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
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In The Box
  • Sony Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Lens
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Carrying Case
  • ALC-SH0005 Lens Hood for 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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