Reviews and Problems with Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS SELP1650
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very bad at wide angle
Nikolas 75, B&H Photo
28 January 2014
Excerpt: Shoot at the widest angle in raw, horizon showed up impossibly curved I was able to fix it by using Dxo ViewPoint 2. Soft was able to do the good job but this fact won't make me feel better about this very weak product Wide angle lenses are notoriously prone to distortion that is why only few example can be truly called wide angle lens Nikon and Canon come to mind but not this Sony Add the fact of no less than distortion a vignetting problem and at the end I rely have no...
Excerpt: I purchased an NEX-6 and decided to include the retractable lens, since it was cheap with the package. I also purchased the 50mm 1.8 Sony lens, which gives some nice comparison for the review. The rule of thumb is to usually not expect much from the stock lens in a camera kit, and it definitely holds true here. I did some test shoots around Central Park and currently am in Africa using the camera, so I have quite a variety of landscapes to distinguish the performance.
Summary: When I initially got this lens, I thought it was pretty good. Especially compared to the Micro 4/3 len systems I had been using. But It had trouble focusing. Would hunt and peck a lot even in fairly good light. and looking at the photos at 100%, almost all of them were not sharp. Really disappointed, as I wanted to like this lens. And after I picked up the Nex 35mm lens, wow.... I knew this lens was pretty bad for the series. Pros - very compact and light.
Excerpt: I was looking forward to using the lens when traveling. It turns out the lens is not as compact as expected. SONY did not match the competition in terms of a short length that would help the NEX line be easier to fit in a smaller space. It also seemed that the amount of distortion at the widest angle was more than I thought there would be.
Excerpt: This lens is all about trade-offs. You get a versatile and very compact zoom but you trade it in for a lot of image quality. Sharpness is quite poor especially at the edges of the frame. Chromatic aberration is very pronounced even in the center of the image - at the edges it's unbelievably bad and can't be totally removed even with arduous post processing.
Summary: I've had relatively good success with kit lenses, knowing not to expect stellar performance. But the Sony E-mount 16-50 Power Zoom was very disappointing. I used it on a Sony NEX-6. I liked using the lens, it's small, light and very convenient. But that's where it ended for me. At (and near) the wide end it appears the correction for the severe distortion causes very poor resolution away from the center of the image.
Buying for older NEX?? Buyer Beware!!! (Update - New firmware for some cameras available)
22 December 2012
Summary: UPDATE - March 2013: Sony have "done the right thing" and released firmware updates for SOME of their older models. This lens is now compatible with the following cameras AFTER applying the firmware update - NEX7, NEX5n & NEX-F3. It was always compatible with the NEX6 and NEX5r. The lens is still NOT COMPATIBLE with any NEX body not mentioned above. Considering how "young" the NEX family is, this is still very poorly done on Sony's part.
Summary: I have used this lens for a few months with a NEX-5R. It is small and convenient, but image quality is disappointing. Barrel distortion is very pronounced at the wide end and vignetting is removed with very heavy camera processing - if you don't believe me, start shooting RAW! If you are buying this lens as an addition to your existing equipment, maybe you should consider other options (for example a better used lens, or a manual lens with an adapter).
great as long as image quality is not the aim of the game
10 January 2014
Summary: Bought because i needed a zoom lens but didn't want to compromise the size of the Sony 5n camera. Unfortunately in not compromising the size i think i've compromised the image quality, the lens isn't great, but then i am extremely picky (the 10-18mm is awesome, i use canon L series lens as my main system too) - while it still offers a nice control over the depth of field i think if this was to be your only lens you'd be better served by a sony RX100 or fuji x20.