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

reviewer#44416 date: Nov-10-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 - AF DT 16-105 F3.5-5.6 (+ A700, 12MP)
Sigma - 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC (quite good lens, too)
Sony - AF 70-400 F4-5.6 G SSM (not so good...)
price paid:600 euros (as a kit)
positive:Quite compact size for a F/2.8 zoom. Sharpest zoom lens I have ever used. One of the very few lenses capable of taking sharp photos with the SLT-A77 (24 MP APS-C).

Very useful zoom range (24-75 mm equivalent) - it covered about 90 % of my needs and I never really missed the longer range of the 16-105 mm I previously owned.
negative:The usual stuff, the lens hood does not help much, there's a little bit of distortion and vignetting. Build could also be better - it does not look or feel like a top quality lens.
comment:Much better lens than the 16-105. Faster, sharper.

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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