16-50 pancake kit lens

Started Oct 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 16-50 pancake kit lens

This lens is probably far better than the Panasonic 14-42 X-Zoom lens, upon whose design it is based. Optically improved by making it deeper and other optimization.  Faster AF which is a problem with the Panny. Very much nicer switching on the barrel. Full-range usefullness compared to a useful range of about 24-40mm on the old kit 18-55 lens instantly obsoletes the old kit zoom. This is a bellweather lens for Sony NEX, so yes definitely a step in the right direvction. Being the new standard kit zoom lens, it's price is kept artificially low as is usually thye case. A great buy when people start breaking up their NEX6 and (later) their NEX5R kits. But it will also be available in stores/online for the standalone price of $350, imho well worth the price!

technic wrote:

Clem Nichols wrote:

I feel quite certain that there are many others who feel the same.

This 16-50, assuming decent quality, is a step in the right direction. It can probably be compared to the Panny X zoom for m43: not better than the standard kit zoom, but VERY compact, capitalising on the concept of mirrorless.

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