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Web Code: 568SON004  •  Mfr Code: SAL1680Z
Only $1,199.99 CAD
SONY ALPHA DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 CARL ZEISS is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 18.
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Product Highlights
  • Wide-angle to Telephoto Lens
  • Designed for DSLR imaging
  • Advanced Carl Zeiss Optics
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  • Wide-angle to Telephoto Lens
  • Designed for DSLR imaging
  • Advanced Carl Zeiss Optics
  • Filter Diameter: 62 mm
  • 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
  • 2 Glass-Molded Aspherical Lenses for extra precision
  • Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects
  • Auto Clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
  • Wide focus ring for a solid feel in manual focusing
  • Focal Length - 35mm Equivalent: 16 - 80 mm
  • Focal Length - APS: 24 - 120 mm
  • Min Focus Distance: 2.4" (62 mm)
  • Aperture Maximum: f3.5 - 4.5
  • Aperture Minimum: f22 - 29
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.24X
  • Lens Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups with 7 aperture blades
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8 x 3-3/8" (72 x 83 mm)
  • Weight: 15.5 oz. (440 g)

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Digital SLR Lenses
Focal Length: 16-80mm
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-4.5
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/3.5-4.5, Min: f/22-29
Camera Mount Type: Sony A
Camera Format: APS-C
Angle of View: 83-20 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.06m
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.24x
Groups/Elements: 10 Groups/14 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 62mm
Dimensions (DxL): 2.83x3.27"
Weight: 445g

Additional Information

Warranty: 2 year manufacturer warranty (if purchased in Canada)
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PreZEISSly speaking about maximum image clarity I fell in love with my first ZEISS lens on my SONY DCS-R1, so I had high expectations for this design as one of my first two lenses in my customized A700 kit. (The other is a SAL-70300G.) The contrasty image quality of this lens does not disappoint. I find the audible focusing system to be fast enough even without the SSM mechanism on my G lens. I have no qualms with the build quality, either. The lens continues to challenge me to explore and learn the creative intricacies of the A700's exposure metering system. Simply put as a Calculus problem, the SAL-1680Z solves for maximum image quality for the least amount of money for the owners of SONY DSLRs with APS-C sensors.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent but could be slightly cheaper I have owned this lens for an year and I am not planning to buy another one to replace it. After I have bought this lens, I was so shocked but the color and the realistic feeling of photos that it gives me. I think it is pretty hard to find some alternatives that fits sony camera for the price. But compare to those that fits Canon, Nikon, it is slight over priced because the dis-shape image in 2 extreme distance. Could be better on that. Everything else is very fine. Quite Light weight, quite durable. One more thing is that, the design could look more professional. If there is no Blue Zeiss label on it, I think no one will notice it is an expensive lens.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect walk around lens IF There has been much said about this lens being copy dependent, and I too ran into this. The 1st copy I received was defective regarding the optics being decentered which rendered out of focus areas on the left portion of the frame. The 2nd copy was superb across the frame and does EVERYTHING right, so be aware and test your lens to be sure. It is near instant to focus and is accurate as well. color and contrast are what command the price, and man it delivers like NO other. 3rd party lenses are going to be a compromise I assure you. This lens is the REAL deal (when you get a good one). It think it was worth going through the hassle having to send the 1st one back as it is just such a stunning lens now.
Date published: 2011-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for the price This is a great general purpose lens. Since I picked it up it's rarely been off of my camera. The pictures are almost always sharp, and look pretty good even at wide-open apertures. It's a much better build quality than the kit lens, and is a good upgrade to the < $300 lenses offered by Sony. The optical quality is excellent. My only complaint is that the f/3.5 aperture is only available at the absolute widest zoom, and it gets up to f/4.5 pretty fast, but for a 5x zoom lens at this level of quality for $700, you can't beat it.
Date published: 2009-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it This was the first lens that I purchased as my camera came with a kit lens and it has proven to be a great upgrade compliment. This CZ made me notice the next level of photography as the imaging that it produced was very much so next level. The build quality is solid as is the performance and still its one of my favorite lenses next to the CZ FZ-135. This is definately next level for people starting out who want to move a big step up in image quality but with a word of warning it will make you want to get more CZ lenses.
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best zoom lens I've ever owned This is a terrific general-purpose zoom lens — all around, the best zoom lens I have ever owned. Focal range is just about ideal, weight is good, build is solid, and the image quality rivals that of my best primes. I've read some complaints about the lens's build quality but I think it's quite solid for a "modern" lens and given its price. Wish I'd picked this lens up sooner!
Date published: 2010-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Impressed I really tried to do my research before I made the leap for this lens. I read some good reviews, but also read some bad reviews on it. After finally buying it and using for my last 5 photo shoots (weddings and engagement), I am sold. I use this with my a700 and get crystal clear shots everytime. The colors it produces are vibrant and rich. It is a bit heavier than any other lens I've worked with, but it's also a lot mor sturdy and well built compared to other lenses. Very glad I purchased this lens.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect walk-around lens This should be a mandatory upgrade from the kit lens that comes with the alpha cameras. Image quality is far superior, and the versatility takes you from wide-angle interiors and landscapes up to 80mm portraits and closeups. I do get some vignetting (darkening of the corners), when using the lens wide open, but stopping it down to around f8 eliminates the problem, which is only occasional.
Date published: 2011-10-30
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