Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM A-mount lens review by adroit_fan

reviewer#11284 date: Aug-3-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 20mm f2.8
price paid:NA: Part of kit
Balance and build
negative:Not Full Frame
Not quite Minolta colors
comment:This is the lens that sold me on Sony. After swaying from Canon I had an A65 kit. Soon after purchase I went back to the store and tried the A77 after reading up on extra features. Once I tried A77 kit I was completely hooked. The focus is fast and crisp. A year and many lenses later, this is still a great pair. I finally upgraded to full frame, and regret this combo isn't getting used as much now. I feel my copy of 16-50 gives better IQ than my Minolta 20 but not fair to compare to the 50mm f1.4. If you need a solid APS-C walkaround lens, this is it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 95
  • sharpness: 4.74
  • color: 4.72
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 4.43
  • overall: 4.58 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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