With its distinguished Carl Zeiss® pedigree, this fastresponse zoom concentrates superb all-round optical performance in a single, easy-to-carry lens. Developed specifically to match the imaging characteristics of APS-C format digital SLR cameras, it offers an angle of view equivalent to that of a 35mm format, 24–120mm zoom lens. Carl Zeiss® T* coatings ensure superb clarity and light transmission, with contrast that rivals many fixed focal length lenses across the entire zoom range. Amazingly compact despite its impressive 5x zoom power, the Vario-Sonnar® T* DT 16–80mm F3.5–4.5 ZA (SAL1680Z) is an all-round lens that you'll want to carry everywhere.
Another unique appeal of this lens is its wide-angle capability. Whereas most standard zooms stop at 28mm, this one offers the equivalent of 24mm and at that focal length, it's like having an extra lens! Constructed of 14 elements in 10 groups, the lens maintains consistent quality throughout the image,with aberration and distortion effectively compensated by the inclusion of two molded glass aspherical elements. A wide focus ring assures easy manual focusing, and an auto clutch mechanism prevents the ring from rotating during autofocus operation.