Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM A-mount lens review by steve14

reviewer#39916 date: Aug-10-2017
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Minolta 35-105
price paid:$500 used in 2012
positive:Fast f2.8
Very sharp
Quiet and quick focusing
Great color and contrast
Weather sealed
Built like a tank

negative:Distortion in portraits
Sometimes tricky flare
Nothing else!
comment:This is a great lens that served me well for five years. I was always happy with the sharpness and contrast, the images just had a real nice look to them. Worked great on my a55, a77, and a77ii, but I had trouble with focusing accuracy on my a580. The weather sealing is excellent, it held up through downpours, use on the beach and on sand dunes without major issues. I notice quite a bit of distortion on the wide end which even when "fixed" in body or in lightroom still isn't perfect, especially if people are in the shot. Not as much of an issue at 50mm. The bulk of the lens actually feels good, not too much and good balance on the a77. I would buy it again if I went back to aps-c.

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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