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

reviewer#43012 date: Feb-11-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 16-105, Sigma 8-16 (borderline)
price paid:aud$500 -ish
positive:Sharp, fast.
negative:None I can think of.
comment:This is Steve's old lens and I agree with his assessment. I'm using it on an a700 as a companion to either 80-200 or 70-300 (I use two cameras at a time). It's used primarily for events where it replaces the 16-105 and so you really need to pick the moment to use it. With the 16-105, the additional length improved versatility - but this is a thing I will get used to no doubt. On the other hand when the light is bad, this lens will get better shots than the 16-105 even with a flash.

I did take it on holidays for a few weeks where the extra stops made it possible to take images hand held that would not have been possible with the 16-105, and there is no vignetting at the wide end.

I like it a lot, its getting plenty of use and the images it creates are great.

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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