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.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Having owned the Sony 18-250mm, SAM 5018, and SAM 3518, this is the best solution that has both good image quality and portability without carry a bunch of lens with you. Another plus is that the autofocus is silent and quick so get ready for taking movies with faster autofocus and without hearing...
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: 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.
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.
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)
11 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!
Excerpt: I am a long-time Canon shooter who recently received a Sony a65, so I needed a general purpose lens and chose the 16-50 2.8. The first thing I noticed was the build quality - easily Canon "L" quality. The focus motor is near silent, and it achieves focus very quickly.