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    Posted: 13 June 2019 at 18:40
Hey all!

I am stuck in a rut here & unable to decide which lens to purchase. My brain is mush. It would help if anybody actually has both these lenses and what your thoughts are but I simply can't tell which is better & yes I have looked at the lens database here, it's about the same lol So more potato brain. Both lenses are priced the same.

The Sony 16-50 F2.8
OR
The Zeiss 16-80.

HELP!

Thanks!
 



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The first questions that come to mind are:
What other lenses do you have and can they share filters with either of these?

Do you need a constant f2.8 lens?
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I've only used the 16-50, which is great. Build quality seems very good, while I know at least with the earlier copies of the 16-80 there was a lot of sample variation. The 16-50 is also weather sealed. You can find some comparison shots of the two here: http://kurtmunger.com/sony_dt_16_50mm_f_2_8_ssm_reviewid311.html
Just curious, what body are you planning to use them on?
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When I was in your position I got the 16-50 and not the CZ if that is any help.
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The 16-50. Great lens and does 2.8. Had both. 16-50 was/is the better lens
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Post Options Post Options   Quote al Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2019 at 22:28
I had good copies of both. I kept the 16-50 because it is f/2.8, and I already had other lenses to cover the longer focal lengths.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 June 2019 at 01:38
The 16-50 image quality is better except at 35mm. If you tend to use 35mm a lot and don't need F2.8... The 16-80 is also smaller and lighter, but it is old. You are giving up AF performance.

There are good reasons to own any and all the DT lenses. Or Sigma 18-35 F1.8 Art. Or Sigma/Tamron 17-50 F2.8.

I really don't need either. Anyone want a very nice retail boxed copy?

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Personally, I would get the 16-50.

The reason for this is that it has an internal SSM motor rather than the screw drive of the 16-80. This gives you more flexibility to be able to use it using the LA-EA3 adaptor on Sony's later E mount bodies and have better functionality, should you switch at a future point.

The A mount is currently, for all practical purposes, a legacy mount, with little or no likelyhood of future cameras being released for it so future proofing any lens purchases for it is the best option.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fivepin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 June 2019 at 12:29
I owned both. Kept the 16- 50...Always regretted selling the 16 - 80.. It comes down to two things. Quiet video on the 16- 50 vs more range on the 16 - 80. My zeiss 16 - 80 was the sharpest lens I ever owned for apsc...it was stunning. The noises it made while AF in video were not stunning....
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Depends on what you want to do. If 50mm is long enough, the 16-50/2.8 seems to be better lens.
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I owned the 16-80.
Wasnít the best lens I owned.
Donít know about the 16-50, It Seems to be a good lens
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Post Options Post Options   Quote al Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 June 2019 at 21:14
Originally posted by Stuart1701 Stuart1701 wrote:

Personally, I would get the 16-50.

The reason for this is that it has an internal SSM motor rather than the screw drive of the 16-80. This gives you more flexibility to be able to use it using the LA-EA3 adaptor on Sony's later E mount bodies and have better functionality, should you switch at a future point.
Good point. I sometimes put my 16-50/LA-EA3 on an A6500. A little front heavy, but it works well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kkart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2019 at 13:05
Correct. The F2.8 I don't need as a mandatory thing as I'd be shooting mostly landscapes. Choices, choices!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kkart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2019 at 13:06
A77 & A77II.

Ok the weather sealing I forgot about and that is a biggie TBH as I shoot in foul weather lots. Thanks!
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