NEX-5 with 16-50 Retractable Lens

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Marvin Horlick
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NEX-5 with 16-50 Retractable Lens
Oct 28, 2012

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.
Marvin

Sony Alpha NEX-5
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