Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS PZ (SEL-1650) - Review / Test Report

Started Aug 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
JeffS7444 Regular Member • Posts: 285
It's a compromise (but a handy one!)

I traveled overseas a few months ago, using the NEX7 + 16-50 extensively. I think it worked out very well, all things considered.

Understand that "impossible" lens designs such as this assume that some of the corrections will be done in software, either by you or the camera's JPEG engine. Uncorrected raw files shot at 16mm do show hefty amounts of barrel distortion, vignetting, as well as chromatic aberrations, all of which clean up remarkably well in Lightroom, which contains the appropriate lens profile.

I do most of my shooting at around f/5.6-8 and brought a tripod for nighttime shooting. I thought the photos looked pleasingly punchy.

Same rules apply to M43 and other systems: "Impossible" designs rely more heavily on software correction.

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