Summary: I have shot with this lens for about two years before selling it off. I sold it- along with my A77- to acquire a A900. I've recently repurchased this lens along with the A77II for these reasons: 1) The image quality is very good even wide open. Color saturation and sharpness are all their.
Summary: This lens meets all my expectations. Excellent sharpness throughout range and fast accurate focusing on my Sony A-77 - even in very low light. I only wish the lens were a little longer than 50mm.
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.
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: 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.