NEX-5 with 16-50 Retractable Lens
I was at the PDN photo show in NYC the other day and I stopped by the Sony booth with my NEX-5 camera and tried out the 16-50 retactable lens on the camera. Here are my observations:
1 - the lens has some barrel distortion at 16mm. More than usual. The newer NEX cameras will have firmware updates to correct the barrel distortion. Probably not the NEX-5. This was confirmed by the Sony Rep.
2 - I also wanted to see if the lens retracts EVERY time the camera goes into sleep mode. It does retract. I was hoping it would only retract when the camera is shut off. I think this would eventually wear out the mechanism in the lens.
In general, I was not impressed with the lens. It is not much smaller than the original 18-55 kit lens.