how does the 16-50 PZ lens compare to the 18-55 kit lens on the NEX 5N specifically?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Herts_JoaTMoN Contributing Member • Posts: 773
Re: how does the 16-50 PZ lens compare to the 18-55 kit lens on the NEX 5N specifically?

salla30 wrote:

i am toying with lens upgrades myself for my nex.

i got the RX100 and just love it's portability. It's why i got it in fact, as the NEX 5N was gathering dust.

Now my use of the RX100 has catalysed the use of the NEX 5N again, ironically, and I am appreciating the potential the NEX 5N has to offer more and more.

I am now considering to get the 1650e for my Nex replacing the kit 1855 zoom lens, simply to reduce the profile and also to get the power zoom for videoing.

So, question is: how does the 16-50 PZ lens compare to the 18-55 kit lens on the NEX 5N specifically?

Any thoughts? Ive seen such mixed output from it and differing opinion online, am really unsure! I definitely dont want to take a step backward in IQ

It's either get the 16-50 or a couple of cheap sigma primes or maybe stretch to the CZ 24mm prime which is pretty desirable!

Thanks in advance for any comments.

I've been considering this swap as well.

My understanding is that on average the 16-50 is marginally worse that the 18-55 (once correction has been applied. With out correction is a completely different story...). Make sure you update the 5N firmware if you go down the 16-50 route to take advantage of the auto preview correction that fixed the distortions etc inherent with the compact lens design.

For me, the added convience of the size out weighs the marginal reduction in IQ, BUT! I use prime lenses when IQ is my main concern. What has put me off is the additional cost. If i can get a good deal on a NEX 6 with this lens then I'll most likely pick one up in a year or so, but I cant justify the addtional cost of the lens itself over 18-55. Id only get about £90 for my current lens and will have to pay about £200 for the PZ. £110 is beyond my current budget as my heart is set on purchasing the 35mm 1.8.

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