Is the 16-50 kit lens decent when stopped down?

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Is the 16-50 kit lens decent when stopped down?

I'm considering getting an A6400 + Tamron 70-180 to supplement my Pentax kit... specifically for fast action shooting. (Very happy with Pentax in all other respects.) Besides the faster autofocus, an extra benefit to going this route would be the ability to carry a quality camera in my back jersey pocket while biking. It would primarily be for landscapes, which means I wouldn't care much about its performance wide open.

My experience with Pentax kit lenses is that they're not great wide open, but they're not too bad when stopped down. Is that the case with the 16-50 -- decent when stopped down to f/8 or so? Or is there another E mount lens about that size which is better suited for landscapes? The Sony 20mm pancake also caught my attention since the 21 Ltd is my favorite Pentax lens for landscapes. But if the 16-50 is on par with it in the f/8 range, I think the extra range would be worth the slight difference in size.

And if it's not, then I'd rather not buy the 16-50 kit in the first place. I would just get the A6400 body and put the extra $100 toward a better lens.

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