Just how crappy is the 16-50 kit lens? Test vs 17mm prime & 11-16 Tokina

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
temama Contributing Member • Posts: 645
Re: E16-50 is better lens.

captura wrote:

temama wrote:

captura wrote:

However, the OP's original question was, "Just how crappy is the 16-50 kit lens?"

At about than about 20mm and wider, the 16-50 is worse than the 18-55. So the correct answer is;  Very Crappy.


My E16-50 is optically better lens than my E18-55kit. At all focal lengths. Though, E18-55 isn't bad as cheap kit lens.

Which model NEX do you have? If you have a 5R or 6, did you update the lens firmware, enable PDAF and turn on lens correction for your 18-55?  If you didn't then you have no basis for comparison. ie: your comparison would be invalid. Following this procedure, my 18-55 was transformed into a very much better lens.

My girlfriend uses my E18-55 kit with older NEX-5 model. So no need for new firmware. But any firmware can't improve microcontrast and sharpness of lens. And 18-55 is worse here than E16-50. E16-50 really has snappy microcontrast and makes sharper images.

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