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

reviewer#26569 date: Apr-27-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] Autofocus Lens
price paid:$389 in 2015
positive:Nothing else to add that hasn't already been said
negative:Perhaps a bit heavy on the A77
comment:It's a better lens overall than the Tamron 17-50. Plus when shooting jpeg, corrections are made by the camera.

HOWEVER, I've had this lens over a year and the zoom ring has not loosened up ; it's stiff - and even after hundreds of intentional back and forth movements, it's still so stiff as to 'bind' during slow movements. I am not able to smoothly zoom while taking a video - there are several spots where the zoom ring is 'sticky'. Since this was a white box special at a good price, maybe that was the reason for the deal.. I've tried a touch of lubrication under the rubber zoom ring and at the back end of the lens where the zoom cover meets the inner mount of the main tube. That has helped some, but overall, this really detracts from an otherwise great lens. If you're buying one, beware..

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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