Ideal Walk-Around Lens

Started Apr 27, 2011 | User reviews thread
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Michael W00d Senior Member • Posts: 1,086
Ideal Walk-Around Lens
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I bought into the Sony marque because of the renowned excellence of the Sony DSC-R1 with its inbuilt CZ16-80 lens. Then I moved on to the A700 and acquired the similar, though not identical lens.
I have owned the CZ16-80 for nearly 3 years and use it for 90% of my photography. It has an ideal range of focal lengths for a general purpose zoom and produces IQ across that range that is up with the very best of any make of APS-C zoom lens. Although screw-drive, the AF is very snappy, relatively silent and accurate. Images are sharp with good colour rendition and contrast. Build-quality is criticised by some but mine still behaves impeccably with no flat spots or looseness. The lens doesn’t come cheap but if you value performance, it’s worth every penny.

 Michael W00d's gear list:Michael W00d's gear list
Sony RX100 III Sony a7R III Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Sony FE 24-105mm F4
Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Zoom lens • Sony/Minolta Alpha • SAL1680Z
Announced: Jun 5, 2006
Michael W00d's score
4.5
Average community score
4.1
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