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

reviewer#12161 date: Mar-5-2015
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 2
overall: 2.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to: Sony 18-55 kit lens
price paid: USD
can use filters for CLE lenses, not sure if this is a plus
negative:Image quality
slow to accordion when camera is switched on
NOT as sharp as the 18-55
no hood
comment: This lens has some good qualities. It's compactness and power zoom gadgetry are interesting features. It's lack of hood and odd filter size are not appealing to me. Nor is the trade off of image quality for its features that are interesting. It requires specific cameras in order for it to display jpegs properly which is also not desirable, but that is just for me.

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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