Reviews and Problems with Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS SELP1650
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It's a kit lens
10 June 2014
Summary: This is the "newer" kit lens that is included with Sony NEX (being transitioned into the alpha lineup) cameras. Most people probably won't be buying this separately. The older version that was included up to the NEX-5R (I think) is big and has standard non-powered zoom. This one is a lot more compact. Now you can really have a compact NEX set up with a zoom lens (before, the only option is to use the pancake prime lens).
Summary: Even though i have an NEX-7, when i saw the NEX-6 came with a pancake lens, i just had to get one for myself, thinking it would be a small, versatile lens which would find a lot of use in my arsenal. i've used it for a total of 15 minutes in the 6 months i've owned it. Why don't i use it much?
Excerpt: personally i got this to replace the 18-55mm kit lens which came with my 5N, but i quickly switched back<br /><br />reasons why its good: <br />-small size<br />-similar image quality<br />-still maintains OSS<br /><br />reasons why i did NOT like it: <br />-the zoom ring direction is REVERSED!! the zooming direction is the complete OPPOSITE of the 18-55mm lens, i don't know why sony decided to do this<br />-the zoom is too sensitive!
Pros: Similar Image Quality, Small and light, Wider By 2mm
Cons: Zoom Is Too Sensitive, Zoom Ring Is Reversed
Summary: This power zoom lens is the perfect size for traveling with a Sony NEX camera. It's lightweight, and the 16-50mm range is great for landscape shots and most street photography. Unfortunately, the image quality is only so-so, and the build doesn't feel very solid. For landscape shots, I used to use a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs with an older Canon Rebel DSLR system.
Excerpt: Given all the press surrounding this lens' release, I really thought it would be good for video recording. In practice though, whether using the internal microphone, or externally attached microphone (from Sony)I can clearly hear the zoom operation in the recorded audio. The internal zoom mechanics are very noisy, more so if you zoom quickly. <br /><br />Also, despite what the product description says, there is no petal lens hood that ships with this lens.
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: It's a powered zoom, turning my nex-7 into something like a compact pocket camera. Since it is powered, start up and zooming is painfully slow. The great thing is of course the size. But if you have a RX100 or similar, this lense does not really make sense anymore.
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.