Sony SAL1680Z DT Lens

16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss® DT zoom lens for Sony Alpha DSLR cameras

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It likes a vacation even more than you do

This 5X zoom lens is sure to be a popular choice for the front of your Sony DSLR camera. The Sony SAL1680Z DT (Digital Technology) Lens sits right in the focal-length sweet range for expansive vistas, intimate portraits, and tight long-lens candids. No room to pack more than one lens? This one can make quick work of all your vacation photo opportunities by giving you the right field of view, every time.

The Carl Zeiss® imprint on the side tells you even more. This lens' optics have been meticulously crafted to generate image quality that has been acclaimed by top pros worldwide. The anti-flare T* Coating keeps ghosting and internal reflections to a minimum for shots that are both contrast-rich and razor-sharp.

Product Highlights:

  • Carl Zeiss® DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony digital SLR APS-C format cameras (not recommended for full-frame sensors)
  • focal length: 16-80mm (24-120mm 35mm equivalent)
  • Carl Zeiss® T* lens coating to reduce lens flare, internal reflections, and light scattering that degrade image quality
  • 2 glass-molded aspherical lens elements for precise, accurate images across the entire zoom range
  • minimum focus distance: 2-7/16"
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (at 16mm) - f/29 (at 80mm)
  • lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
  • attachment/filter diameter: 62mm
  • lens is 2-7/8" in diameter, 3-3/8" long
  • weight: 15.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • lens carrying case
  • front and rear lens caps

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  • SAL1680Z DT16-80mm 3.5-4.5 ZA lens
  • 62mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • SH0005 Lens hood (installed)
  • Padded lens pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Inspection certificate

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 16-80mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 4.5 (T)
Weight 15.75 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Sony SAL1680Z is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA mid-range zoom lens designed for use with Sony A-mount cameras. Its 16-80mm focal length range is equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm photography, which allows you to use this versatile lens almost exclusively for day-to-day shooting.

Compatibility: The lens is compatible with Sony interchangeable lens digital cameras. Since it is a DT lens, it is designed for use with cameras with an APS-C image sensor.

Carl Zeiss T* Coating: The SAL1680Z lens features the patented Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering that can occur at glass-to-air surfaces.

ED Glass: The SAL 1680Z has Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior contrast and resolution throughout the image, even at large aperture settings.

Circular Aperture: The lens is equipped with a circular aperture which provides smooth, natural defocusing. Standard lens apertures appear as a flat-sided polygon, which results in the familiar polygonal out-of-focus highlights, seen in many photos.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the SH0005 lens hood which helps prevent lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 1-1/4" to the overall length of the lens. The hood can be stored on the lens by installing it backwards.

Lens Case: A padded, black vinyl lens case is included with the lens. It has a draw-string closure at the top of the pouch to secure the lens in the case.


  • Focal Length: 16-80mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-120mm
  • Angle of View: 83° - 20°
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5 (W) - 4.5 (T)
  • Minimum Aperture: F22 (W) - 29 (T)
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.24x
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • Lens Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Physical Dimensions (w/o lens caps):
    • Length: 3.593" to 5.354"
    • Diameter: 2.829"
  • Weight: 15.75 oz/445g

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Sony SAL1680Z DT lens

Written By Will, Seminole, FL on Saturday, May 25, 2013

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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. I have a sony a65 and can't believe the quality of my images. I would recommend this lens and would be sure it won't disappoint.

Pros: superb optical quality.

Cons: could be cheaper. Slightly larger and heavier than plastic lens

SAL1680z Review

Written By Jack, Ft Myers, Fl on Sunday, March 03, 2013

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Very sharp in the center, excellent contrast and colors. AF speed is OK, but somewhat noisy. This lens was very soft at the corners at 16mm.

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