2. A very practical benefit of this lens’ zoom range (which is actually the equivalent of 24–157.4mm on a full-frame camera) is that you won’t be changing to other lens much at all. You won’t have to buy more lenses, carry them with you or expose the inside of your camera to dust, moisture and damage, detaching and attaching lenses all day.
3. The Sony DT 16–105mm boldly steps into the arena with other mid-range, affordable zoom lenses that are well built. The body is manufactured from an above-average grade of plastic and there is a durable metal mount instead of the plastic found on some competitive lenses. The zoom and focus control rings are well placed and gives the Sony 16–105mm a nice, balanced look.
4. Another upscale feature is internal lens focusing, so the barrel length doesn’t extend, making the Sony 16–105mm easy to use and carry all day. Since the front element doesn’t turn, the 62mm filter size the lens accepts is never a burden or concern.
5. Sony built the 16–105mm zoom lens with 16 glass elements in 13 groups, including aspherical and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass. This configuration also helps the lens to weigh less as it controls aberrations at any focal length. Some chromatic aberrations, fringing, fall-off and barrel distortion are common on lenses of this type, but to what degree the 16–105mm produces these “flaws,” they are easily fixed in post processing.
6. For a zoom lens at this price point, the Sony DT 16–105mm f/3.5–5.6 will give you highly acceptable resolution at the center and edges of images at many focal lengths and aperture settings. Some of the best are the shortest focal length of 16mm and widest aperture of f/3.5, 50mm and f/8 and 105mm and f/11.
7. The Sony DT 16–105mm f/3.5–5.6 zoom lens is available from B&H Photo Video for $649.99. Order by January 7, 2012, and you save an additional $50. Visit http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Sony+DT+16%96105mm+f%2F3.5%965.6+zoom+lens&N=0&InitialSearch=yes.
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