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

reviewer#16301 date: Jul-11-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 1
flare control: 3
overall: 2.6
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:Sony SEL1670F4Z
price paid:Kit lens w/NEX-6
positive:It's small.
In-camera corrections on JPEG make for acceptable images.
OSS works well.
Small outer element, so filters are cheap.
negative:Rattles.
The overall build just feels cheap, especially compared with some of the better E-mount lenses.
AF slow.
No hood, and the only hood option is a screw-on atrocity.
Power zoom is touchy and difficult to quickly set at the right focal length.
comment:Acceptable as a kit lens, but photographers with any aspiration to quality will soon discover its limitations and move on.

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
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