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

reviewer#11689 date: Feb-12-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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:Sony A900 with Minolta 17-35 f/3.5 G, 28-70 f/2.8 G

price paid:came as kit with NEX
positive:- small
- light
- cheap
negative:- distortion, especially at wide end
- not very large aperture
- zooming only with motor, tad slow
- small flares with sunlight into the lens
comment:This lens came as a kit with the NEX-3N. I wanted this lens as it is the smallest zoom and i want it to fit in my pocket.
Starting up takes about 1-2 seconds as it unfolds. The folding when not in use is a big advantage. The zooming is done by an electric motor which makes it a tad slowish, but for street photography it works.
The NEX-3N has good high ISO iq, but i wish the lens had a larger aperture. Maybe i'll go for an 20/2.8 later.
Biggest disadvantage is the distortion, which is large. I feel i have to develop all but snaps with ACR (now 8.5). There's is a dedicated profile and the difference is very noticable. Without this RAW developer WA shots look unattractive to me. Note i realise the JPEGS are corrected in camera, but there is still distortion left then.
This is the price for the size but a fair compromise.

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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