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

reviewer#11761 date: Apr-13-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50mm
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:with kit
positive:-well built
-fast and silent focus
-lovely colors and 'rendition'
negative:-distortion in raw was a problem (LR5.4 now has a profile so it's not an issue any more)
-a little drop off in sharpness in the corners
-significant vignetting at 16mm f2.8.
comment:This lens replaced my tamron 17-50mm. The sharpness is on par with the tamron, which is already good. However, bokeh, color, build, and af are all much better than the tamron. The sharpness on the lens is pretty good. I'd say it's on par with the minolta 50mm at f2.8. This lens has basically replaced the 50 mm prime, because I like it's renditions for portraiture better, and the 50mm isn't really sharp until f2.8 anyways.

The distortions and vignetting are really its only weakness. However, LR5.4 now has profiles to correct them.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 101
  • sharpness: 4.74
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 4.44
  • overall: 4.56 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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