Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS E-mount lens review by nicols

reviewer#11561 date: Dec-27-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Standard 1855 e mount kit lens
price paid:210 GBP
positive:Very compact
Quiet power zoom with fast and slow adjustment
Acceptable IQ
negative:Pronounced distortion at 16mm
Relatively slow aperture
comment:This lens gets a bad press because it's IQ is far from class leading but this lens is all about size - it's a lightweight pancake zoom for travelling light. It's acceptably sharp for most purposes. Sony really pushed the design to its limits to make this 16mm at the wide end and it shows through in the pretty massive distortion. Whilst I seldom choose to use it over a prime, I almost always carry it with me as a flexible backup lens option.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.41
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 3.00
  • flare control: 3.88
  • overall: 3.86 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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