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
Camera labs.32824899
1 August 2007

The Sony DT 16-80mm promises to be the perfect general-purpose zoom for discerning Alpha DSLR owners. With an equivalent range of 24-120mm it zooms both wider and longer than the standard kit lens, and with the pedigree of respected lens company Carl Zeiss behind it, the DT 16-80mm should have few...

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    Flexible general purpose range., High contrast and very sharp results., Relatively small and light., Squeezes best from the Alpha system.

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    Build quality not a big upgrade over kit lenses., AF noise and speed similar to kit lenses., Manual focus ring not very smooth., Macro no better than kit lens.

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.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
6 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...

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction

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    Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus

25 May 2013

The optical quality of this lens is superb. I used to have a sony dsc-r1 with a carl ziess lens and I missed the "ziess" quality which i have not seen in any other lens. This lens is better than my original lens in every way.

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    superb optical quality.

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    could be cheaper. Slightly larger and heavier than plastic lens

14 June 2013

This is my go to lens. Sharp! Great lens Stays on my a77. Landscapes are beautiful, great with grand kids as can stay far enough back so they are natural. Color is superb! There is no purple fringing and distortion is non-existent when using Lightroom with this lens checked.

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    Color, Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged

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.

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    Much better than average imaging, looks good

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    Mediocre build quality, not sealed, not silent

Review us 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.

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    Great contrast, good colors, compact, light weight.

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

Photography review.32822891
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.

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

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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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