16-50 pancake kit lens

Started Oct 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Yang Senior Member • Posts: 2,303
Re: 16-50 pancake kit lens

Sergey Borachev wrote:

There is one compromise that nobody has yet mentioned.  The extra 2mm shorter FL is significant and I suspect that probably caused more challenge in design than anything else.  Otherwise everybody would be producing 24- 85mm equivalent kit lenses instead of the ubiquitoud 27-85mm. Having to make such a lens small and cheap as well makes it even harder.  So, don't expect a miracle. 

Exactely! Just because I expected such a "miracle", I updated my good old Panasonic LX3 with 24-60mm with Canon S100 with 24-120mm 10 early this year. The trade-off in IQ is quite clear and annoying. Finally, I sold it last week, and will replace it with Sony RX100.

Anyway, my own side-by-side comparison shots on Photokina with 16-50 and 18-55 on my NEX-5N were good enough for me, so that I`m ready to accept this compromise and to buy this pancake. The inconsistency with pancake on my NEX-5N is the same as with 18-55mm.

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