Help Me Buy my First Lens! (A57)

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Help Me Buy my First Lens! (A57)
Jan 13, 2014

I have a Sony A57 with the 18-55 kit lens.  I'm wanting to buy 1 better Sony lens to use on a regular basis.  (Complete beginner, learning about SLR's) The camera is typically used for Shooting some scenery (Dubai architecture) and capturing Kids being Kids (picture and video).   I only want 1 lens to carry around (wife uses it mostly, while she is out with the kids), and I'm more-or-less bound to buying Sony (for various reasons).

I'm torn between:

DT 16-50

DT 18-250

I do not foresee me buying another lens anytime soon.  So 18-250 would cover the wide zoom range, but at compromised image quality (and noisy focus), and is slightly cheaper.  But the 16-50 would be sharper images and silent focus.

Thanks for any advice

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Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Sony SLT-A57
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