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

reviewer#38864 date: May-21-2017
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:Sony 35mm f1.8
Sony 50mm f1.8
Minolta 35-105mm
Minolta 100mm f2.8
Tamron 70-200mm USD f2.8
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Minolta 70-210mm f4
price paid:600
positive:Very sharp, very fast, very accurate, very solid.
negative:Noticeable barrel distortion at short end, but corrects easily in Lightroom.
comment:This is a high performing and very well built lens. It stays on my A77 ii most of the time. It's very sharp, so much I often have to soften portraits. I use it for landscapes, the occasional portrait, and for walking around. For Sony cropped sensors, I consider this lens essential. It does have significant barrel distortion at the short end, but Lightroom easily corrects. I rarely if ever have any chromatic distortion issues. This is a terrific lens, one of my favorites.

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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