Poor review for 16-50 e mount

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
RicksAstro Veteran Member • Posts: 3,658
Re: Poor review for 16-50 e mount

flangad wrote:

this is not poor. what did you expect? a prime lense performance at all focal lengh?

Ironically, to me this thing kicks the 16mm prime's behind for edge sharpness at 16mm.   At 5.6, the zoom is giving very good results, where the 16mm is still mushy.   At f8, the zoom is in the excellent range across the frame, where the prime I could never get it acceptable in the corners at any aperture.

I have this lens and I find it's an excellent lens!   If you want absolute sharpness, you can get it by stopping down.

I compared it against the Nikon 24-85 kit on a D600, and while the Nikon has a slight advantage, for 90% of the applications, the Sony output would be virtually indistinguishable.

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