Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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84% Tried & Tested
The versatility of the focal length range goes a long way towards making up for the inevitable optical compromises, and as such the lens easily earns our recommendation.”

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Key Features

  • 16-105mm focal length
  • 24-157.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-5.6 maximum aperture; F22-36 minimum
  • AF via camera body motor
  • 62mm filters
  • 0.40m/15.75" minimum focus
  • Sony Alpha mount for APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

The Sony DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 is a standard zoom lens for Sony's APS-C format SLT cameras that covers an equivalent focal length range of 24-157mm. An ideal lens for travelling and everyday photography, the 16-105mm doesn't quite match the costlier DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, but it does have the advantage of more 'reach' at the telephoto end of its zoom. Build quality is very similar, though, which is important only because both lenses are among the best-constructed of their type.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 16–105 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.6
Minimum aperture F22.0 - F36.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 15
Groups 11
Special elements / coatings 1 ED glass element 2 aspherical elements
Minimum focus 0.40 m (15.75)
Maximum magnification 0.23×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Screw drive from camera
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 470 g (1.04 lb)
Diameter 72 mm (2.83)
Length 83 mm (3.27)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 62 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focusing
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ALC-SH105
Tripod collar No


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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84 %
Overall Score

This is a very good lens for Alpha users looking to upgrade over their kit zoom. The versatility of the focal length range goes a long way towards making up for the inevitable optical compromises, and as such the lens easily earns our recommendation.

Good For

Alpha users looking for a flexible, lightweight all-around lens.

Not So Good For

Questions & Answers


16-105 mm or 18-135 mm?

I already have a 16-105 mm F3.5-5.6 lens but I am thinking of buying a a77 with a 18-135 mm F3.5 -5.6 which is priced the same as the a77 on its own. Is the 18-135 worth it? Agreed I get an extra 30 mm but I lose at the wide-angle end. Again, the 18-135 weighs 70 grams less. Quality wise, which is the best? If I decide to keep the 18-135 it might be difficult to sell the old 16-105 and I hate just leaving things in a cupboard.

younso asked
1 year ago


Marazion clock ^ Mousehole Harbour, Cornwall No-brainer if the A77+18-135 is the same price as the camera on its own. Depends if you need the wider angle, if so then sell the 18-135 on EBay - it won't be up there very long. the 18-135 stays on my camera 90% of the time now as it's not too big and heavy and the results are generally nice. (Corner vignetting is my only minor gripe with it if the in-camera software fix is not turned on.) Took these with it at the weekend: John. Please visit me at: Continue Reading

john farrar answered
1 year ago

The 18-135mm is a fantastic lens. You want one. Search the forum for 18-135. You'll see what people say about it. And if it adds nothing to the cost of your A77 body, you're getting a bargain. :) Continue Reading

artlmntl answered
1 year ago

I took the 16-105mm and the 35mm/1.8 on holiday with me this past March. I don't regret getting it over the 18-135mm. I did a side-by-side comparison on Kurt Mungers site and thought the IQ with the 16-105mm was a bit better and the build quality was better. I shot in some pretty extreme environments(Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) and the build quality was a concern to me as well as IQ. Continue Reading

eastbayrae answered
1 year ago

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