Is 18-55 kit any better than 16-50?

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Is 18-55 kit any better than 16-50?
5 months ago

I bought A6000 with SELP16-50 kit zoom. I really hate the lens.. It's just not that sharp, terrible distortion at wide end (although fixable PP but adds to more edge softness), and I'm not a fan of power zoom. DxO seems to agree with me on sharpness, distortion, and vignetting. Size is non-issue for me.

I usually go with prime lenses (I have 30mm and 50mm) for everyday shooting plus tele zoom (55210) when I need to. I see that normal zoom lens will be very useful, but hate the kit zoom, and 16-70 is too expensive. For those who used both 1855 and 1650, is 1855 any better than 1650 in terms of image sharpness and optical quality?

Sony a6000
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