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

reviewer#11636 date: Jan-26-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:SEL 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 OSS
price paid:150 €
positive:Acceptable IQ, OSS, very compact to carry.
comment:This lense is nice mostly because of "pocketability" compared to other NEX kit 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 OSS lens. It makes NEX very small for situations, when one is interested to carry unnoticeably camera with only lens, or the probability of making more quality pics is low.

I compared this lens namely only with 18-55 /3.5-5.6 OSS. Lens is sharp, colors are great, OSS works well. PZ switch is nice even for shooting stills. One ring for Zoom/MF is intuitive - use of it becomes familiar after some minutes. In DMF mode this ring is zooming, with half pressing of rel button it is adjusting focus. In MF mode the switch must be used for zooming and ring for manual focussing.

Lens can be used only with camera having distortion correction. If in-camera distortion correction is off, distortion is huge at the wide end up to about 20(30)mm and disappears at about 24(36)mm.

Lens should be kept very carefully, because of front glass is not protected with hood and mounted lens can be complitely destroyed in pocket or bag because of accidental switching on.

Overally - if some more basic/special lenses already in use, this lens is great addition for unnoticeable carrying and has, because of this, more sens compared to 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 OSS.

I have replaced nex7 kit lens 18-55 with 16-50. Sold with NEX7.

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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