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

reviewer#25513 date: Mar-1-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:Sony Carl Zeiss - 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Sony 50 F1.4
price paid:4000 DKK
positive:- RAZOR SHARP from 2.8 at 16mm, and F3.5 at 50mm
- Anti creep lock
- Fast SSM focus motor
- Near silent focus
- VERY close focus distance (10-15cm) !!
- Bokeh is quite nice
negative:- A little heavy (compared to Zeiss 16-80)
- Flare is bad (based on reviews, i've only shot 500 photos so far)
comment:I don't know if I'm just lucky, but this lense is razor sharp from 2.8 and onwards.

My Zeiss 16-80 broke after aprox 30.000 photos, the focus simply cracked inside the lens :( - so i went out and bought this lense as a replacement, I'm sad i didn't do so sooner :(

This lens is MUCH MUCH better than my Zeiss, i usually had to stop down the zeiss so much that it was unusable in low light - typically 4.5 at 16mm to get really sharp, and F7 at 80mm :(

Bokeh is excellent..

I fear that i'll never use my 50/1.4 again :-/

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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