Just how crappy is the 16-50 kit lens? Test vs 17mm prime & 11-16 Tokina

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: You might be asking the wrong question
In reply to franzel, Apr 2, 2013

franzel wrote:

captura wrote:

The older NEX kit lens, the 18-55 which was made in Thailand had a lot of sample variation. The newer made-in-Japan black lenses are supposed to have better quality control. I wonder if there will be a Made-in-Japan version of the 16-50.

Says who ?

And what sample variation ? There's been a busy thread some time ago about about 1855 sample variation, and all the shots posted showed nothing , as they were of the same quality as the OP's here , and just as random .

You must be the only poster in all the forums who denies the existence of sample variation, especially in cheap kit lenses. It eventually became acknowledged amongst reular members that the 18-55 suffered from considerable sample variation. I am fortunate in having a very good example.

However, the OP's original question was, "Just how crappy is the 16-50 kit lens?"

At about than about 20mm and wider, the 16-50 is worse than the 18-55. So the correct answer is;  Very Crappy.

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