BLTMAN nickisntmyrealname KenMasters nickisntmyrealname sl7293, Sony
15 February 2013
Summary: I preordered it a couple of months ago and it just arrived from Sony.ca this week. The images produced by the lens (except when zoomed in all the way) have some of the worst distortion and barreling I have seen. All of the newer NEX cameras have had firmware updates adding in body distortion correction to JPEG images so this is really only a problem for those of us that adopted early and don’t want to spend $700 on a new camera.
Summary: As far as the product goes, it's light, it's compact and it's quiet so almost everything I ask for. The description mentioned a constant max F4, that's not true, as I zoom in to max, it went up to F5.6, not a problem to mark down the score, but not what it said on the tin, so that goes 1 star. The lens is a bit smaller than the 49mm, so surely do not catch as much light, but that's a compromise I am happy to accept with it's small and light design.
Summary: Wow, so the PZ has fallen to almost half price, glad I got mine in the NEX 5R kit! Anyway, after approximately 6 weeks of use, here is my take: a) Sony claim the zoom is silent. It is not, and neither is the lens on the camera in the shop where I bought my 5R from because I tested it. When you zoom whilst recording video, the zoom mechanism noise is clear to hear on the recording, whether you rotate the lens ring or use the slider on the lens barrel.