Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS PZ (SEL-1650) - Review / Test Report

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andrewD2
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Re: Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS PZ (SEL-1650) - Review / Test Report
In reply to dan801, 11 months ago

dan801 wrote:

http://www.photozone.de/sony_nex/842-sony1650f3556oss

So looking at these results: I was about to buy myself a new nex camera 5r. The camera seems to be perfect for what I want and seems to be an outstanding sensor compared to say m43 cameras. However now looking at the results of all the latest lens test (I would use this lens quite a bit when travelling) I'm worried about all the issues mentioned in the article. Perhaps I'm better of buying a m43 camera with better kit lens and may still come out on top? At $600 max for a camera and lens kit what do you think I should do? Stick with nex or go to say a panasonic 4/3 camera?

The lens is a nice size, nicely built and light and has a better range than some kit lens starting a little wider than most. Its not a brilliantly sharp lens but its gives usuable results depending on what you are shooting. Corners can be poor, distortion is pretty extreme at 24mm but adobe camera raw has a profile for it. I'd say the test was both accurate and mostly irrelevant for a pocket travel lens.

I think you are right to assess the whole lens+camera package. Buying a camera for use with just one lens and I'd have probably looked elsewhere (x100s). The sensor on the nex5R is really nice, great DR at low ISO and its a smart little camera in many ways.

Andrew

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