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

reviewer#26573 date: May-4-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-270mm, Minolta 50mm f1.7, Sony 35mm 1.8
price paid:$300 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, Fast, Well Built. Very sharp for a zoom.
negative:Some distortion at the wide end, easily corrected in post. Some flare.
comment:Sharp lens that focuses fast, even in low light. Wonderful on the a77ii. I took some photos of my dogs playing ball at 12fps. Lens had no trouble keeping up with focus during fast action. Flare is definitely an issue if pointed near the sun. If a UV filter is used, make sure it's of good quality. I bought this used and it had a Hoya UV filter. Flare was nothing short of atrocious. I got a better filter and the flare was greatly diminished.

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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