Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS

Announced Sep 12, 2012 •
Wideangle zoom lens | Sony E | SELP1650

This lens cost me $100 more than the body only version of the a6300. At that price, it is a good value. Even at the standalone price of $300, it may still be a worthwhile purchase. In terms of size, this feels like this is the sort of lens that Sony mirrorless APS-C cameras were meant for. Most of my other lenses are better performers, but they tend to negate the compactness of the camera. I love how the 16-50 telescopes down and then power zooms back out at longer focal lengths. In terms of ...

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igool
 

Purchased: Came with the a6000 as kit lens 3 years ago Image quality: Average sharpness. There is a little distortion but CA and vignetting is minimal Focusing: Focus is fast at the wide end but poor at the long end mostly due to the poor aperture of the lens. Focus is silent, which is good. Build quality: All scratched up after 3 years, but survived a hit onto a lamp-post from the front (filter absorbed the shock and broke). Optical quality did not degrade after the years. Power Zoom: ...

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If you are a JPEG photographer, you will not notice some aspects of the very poor performance of this lens because the software in Sony camera bodies will correct the extreme barrel distortion it produces at 16mm and the vignetting which is so bad that one could claim that the lens' image circle simply doesn't cover the sensor at the wide end of its focal length range.  This vignetting so bad that stopping down really doesn't make that much difference.  So if you shoot in RAW, this lens will ...

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Robin Ducker
 

..but its not OK if you are photographer. Appearances deceive it seems because it looks nice and it folds out beautifully when powered up which is when the disappointments begin. Terrible vignetting out wide accompanied by very poor image quality in the corners AND bizarre distortion. The centre is quite good at all focal lengths and its one real redeeming feature is that it focuses quite close - not macro quality but acceptable. OSS works but don't expect miracles - about 2.5 stops. For the ...

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HoustonTexan75
 

Great little zoom lens for shooting video on my Sony A6500. Sharp, lightweight, compact and perfect for use on a handheld gimbal like the Zhiyun Crane. The only drawback is noticeable vignetting at 16 & 17mm focal lengths when shooting still photos, but luckily the vignetting disappears when shooting video.

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Sympa
 

My biggest gripe is that the lens does not remember the last zoom position. Overall IQ is very OK and the small size is great. AF is very fast.

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Ugo78

Pro: sharp, lightweight, good focal range, small, inexpensive Cons: Bad flare resistance

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Basic compact kit lens that lets me pocket my camera in my jacket, but which does benefit from a  little Lightroom adjustment.  It wasn't until I saw the RAW images, that I began to understand the magic of software.

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Ray Maines

If used properly it's a great super small zoom lens.

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I've had the Sony a6000 for a few weeks now and it's met all me expectations. The autofocus is fast and it tracks very well. The high ISO performance is almost a full stop better than the NEX 6. It processes very fast and the viewfinder has no lag. It has lots of customizable buttons and the grip is a big upgrade over the NEX 5r.The only let down is the kit lens. It isn't the best and it's okay for general purpose use. I did a nice group portrait with 24 people at 32mm, f/5 and the sharpness ...

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