Excerpt: great lens with pretty acurate autofocus for video. I would say the focal length range is pretty good on an crop sensor. I also have a 28-70 and i do occasionlly find myself wanting more in the frame. I believe this only works with aps-c cameras so you couldn't use the full frame on a full frame camera. I bought this mainly for video use and because of its completely quiet (it is quiet) autofocus which is pretty fast and accurate.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I was looking for a great wide angle addition and I found it! Try the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 and I was very disappointed. I took the chance to pay more $ for this Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 and it pays off. It's a bit too big to handle easily, but nothing that you couldn't manage.
Summary: Great lens, fast and acurate operation. Great detail in pictures. Silent operation of autofucus. Great construction, wheatherproof. The lens is a little heavy because of the great diameter of the frot lens. The best lens for all propose.
Summary: This lens lives up to all of the positive reviews I have read. Crystal-clear focus and easy to use. Even nice bokeh for a zoom. It is a heavy lens, but the photographic results are worth the extra heft. Even the pros know about this lens as I have had a few who saw me with it give their thumbs up on what a good lens it is. I do wish that it wasn't quite so stiff on the manual focus, but I would rather have that than being too loose.
Summary: Good lens from Sony, one that is not converted directly from Minolta. It was designed for the A77 and when coupled with the camera it shows. Slient and quick SSM focusing is excellent when shooting videos and action at a high fps rate. I have been using the lens for quite a while now and its now one of my staple lens for photowalks and general shooting. f/2.8 throughout the zoom range gives beautiful bokeh. Very good walk around and portrait/wedding lens.
Summary: One Month experience with this SAL1650 lens on both the a580 and a100 There are a lot of 5 star reviews on this page for the lens. I guess it is justified if you compare this lens to the other low to mid range zooms Sony produces. As a Zoom lens it is very very good especially at f/9 to f/11. However from 16mm to 24mm at f/2.8 it is a soft, but then again, we have to remember it is not a wide angle prime but rather a zoom lens.
Summary: I like this lens a lot, it never comes off of my alpha 100, it is a way better lens than camera. It needs to be on at least an a700. It is fast accurate and well built. I got a real good deal on it, I did not pay retail. But for anyone looking for a new lens don't pass this one up.
Pros: Fast, color, build, DOF control.
Cons: Sometimes it searches more than I would like in low light, requires some post processing as far as some sharpening.
great lens, but noticeable distortion (updated on Apr. 11)
10 April 2012
Summary: I purchased A77 with this lens more than a month ago. This is a great lens and it works wonderfully even at its largest aperture! The biggest problem is, I like to shoot in raw+jpeg mode. When I compare raw and jpeg pictures, I can clearly see distortions! I tried to use Adobe Camera Raw's "Lens correction", however, the camera raw does not have this lens profile, which means I can only correct the distortion manually and it's painful!