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Sony16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens
 
3.1

(based on 27 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (18)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Everyday (4)
  • Travel (4)
  • Video (4)
  • Home (3)
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Better the negative reviews suggest

I bought mine at B&H in a kit with a NEX-6 in February 2013. I've shot this lens all over the world on my NEX-6 - as have other skilled...Read complete review

I bought mine at B&H in a kit with a NEX-6 in February 2013. I've shot this lens all over the world on my NEX-6 - as have other skilled photographers - and the simple fact is, you won't find a superior, comparably priced 16-50mm zoom for your NEX, A3000 or A6000 than this lens.To appreciate this lens, you need to understand that - to keep the price so low - it's a software-corrected lens. What that means is, the distortion, corner unsharpness and vignetting inherent in an affordable design are eliminated or sharply attenuated ONLY if you use the jpegs created in the camera, or run your RAW images through Lightroom, using the lens correction profile "baked into" all versions of Lightroom since version 4. If you just convert the raw files to jpegs with Photoshop/Adobe Camera Raw, you will not get great results. That doesn't make this inexpensive lens different from other software-corrected lenses in its price class. You can look at the examples I upload here, or better yet, go to Flickr and search for images taken with this lens - just put "Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS" in the Flickr search window, and see all the great, sharp images taken with this lens. These Flickr photos will convince you that those who condemn this lens are wrong.The photography world has many who look down their noses at kit lenses. I almost did too, because of the many negative comments on Internet forums. But I bought it with my NEX-6 because it was so inexpensive when purchased with my NEX-6 – and once I got it, I realized the truth in the old adage, "A poor carpenter blames his tools." Is this a great, Zeiss-competitive lens? Of course not! Are there inexpensive prime lenses that beat this lens at many focal lengths - absolutely! But the reality is, much of what we shoot never gets as far as a print, much less a 24x36 inch or larger that might - MIGHT - begin to show issues at great magnification. This is a "walk-around" lens, great for walking though a city and snapping images. If you travel as a family, couple or in a group, you will anger others as you slow them down while you switch prime lenses – you need a zoom. The Sony 16-70mm alternative costs almost $– and the $ or more difference between buying that lens and this in a kit could pay for several days in a Prague AirBnB!Many who've listened to the nay-sayers eventually come back and buy the lens at $ or more over what they'd have paid if they bought it with a body. I suggest you not make a mistake and buy it with your new Sony camera.

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Underperforms for such a good camera

I purchased an NEX-6 and decided to include the retractable lens, since it was cheap with the package. I also purchased the 50mm 1.8 Sony lens, which gives some nice comparison for...Read complete review

I purchased an NEX-6 and decided to include the retractable lens, since it was cheap with the package. I also purchased the 50mm 1.8 Sony lens, which gives some nice comparison for the review.

The rule of thumb is to usually not expect much from the stock lens in a camera kit, and it definitely holds true here. I did some test shoots around Central Park and currently am in Africa using the camera, so I have quite a variety of landscapes to distinguish the performance. When I reviewed my first shots with the lens, I was underwhelmed and reasoned it to me not fully adapting to the camera yet. But after 2 months and comparing the shots against the 50mm prime lens, it's clear this is a cheap lens that stiffles the full performance of the NEX camera.

Comparing photos side by side - this lens at around 45mm and the prime 50mm - the difference is shocking. First, the detail is completely lost. At times, I'd think I was using my higher end pocket camera. The NEX has 16 megapixels but looking at the pre-processed shots you'd never think it. The power of the sensor at least lets you utilize the RAW files to make a good final product, but it takes quite a lot of compensation to make up for what you lose.

Second, the camera seems to have a hard time focusing. This may be a byproduct of the detail issue, but whereas you can boost some detail in post-production, focus is something you can never quite get right. Conversly, the 50mm prime lens is razor sharp and all the detail is there - this lens really shows the might of the camera.

Third, I've also found the photos generally underexposed. The results on the JPEGs come out darker than I'd like and I can't quite get the shadows to come out right no matter how much I try to tweak the RAW files. Not just in darker conditions but in bright daylight too.

I won't even comment on things like aberration just because the quality is so poor you can't even judge that detail. You'll go crazy when you get down to that level.

The pro is the lens is super compact. But since the NEX cameras are already so compact, I don't find this all that important of an advantage. The 50mm lens is not any noticeably heavier either.

Price wise, the lens is just cheap. If you want to have a lens just to throw on and snap some shots, this will do the trick.

Overall, if this is the only lens you'll buy with the camera, there's no point in spending all the money on an NEX camera. You'll get similar results from a cheaper point and shoot or mirrorless camera. All the power of the sensor is lost on this lens.

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4.0

compact lens to carry

By Sean

from NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

Carrying outside without real project is a must to a sincere photographer. It is a must to me.

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4.0

Super compact and useful lens

By Sven

from Steamboat Springs, CO

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

    I use this on my Sony A6300 mainly for video and it seems to work quite well. I'm not a pixel peeper so I won't quote specs but my results have been really quite sharp and usable. Since its so small, it makes for a great compact setup with the A6300. Auto focus is super fast!

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    3.0

    Love everything about it except the most important thing

    By Kelisi

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Sharp

    Best Uses

    • Family
    • Street
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

    This lens came with my Sony A6000. It has everything I want it to have, except the most important thing - image quality. The lens is extremely compact, light, has power zoom, OS, is wide enough to squeeze your friends for a picture in a tiny apartment, the focus is lightning fast...etc.

    But when it comes to image quality, it's only OK. At F/3.5, it's a bit fuzzy, although the chromatic aberration is not that bad. At F/8.0, sharpness increases modestly. Beyond F/11, images start to look like a smear. Distortion in the corners is a bit funky even after the camera's automatic correction. Also, when using manual focus, the lens has an absurd amount of focus range beyond infinity.

    Don't get me wrong, you can get fantastic images from this lens, and as a result of being so compact, I actually take to a lot of places and use it a lot. But, for the sake of comparison, I use an old Canon FD 50mm F1.4 lens with an adapter, and even at F/1.4, it's monumentally sharper than the Sony 16-50. In other words, the Sony 16-50 really clouds the potential of the sensor. Unfortunately, there is no other choice that offers the same compact size and convenience of this lens with better image quality.

    All in all, it's not bad... but almost every other lens out there offers great potential.

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    4.0

    Small and usable, if well short of perfect

    By Forrest

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Needs Post-sharpening

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

      Got this with my brand new A6300. Very compact and lightweight (I'm used to a Nikon D800), and I like that I can turn the lens ring and get a very responsive zoom. Seems to take advantage of the extremely fast 6300 autofocus. It isn't as sharp as I would like, or as contrasty, but with software, I can crank up both, resulting in decent images. Sooner or later, I will try the 35mm or the 28mm Sony lenses (or perhaps one of the Sigma 30s) to see if they really are better. I've attached some photos that have been sharpened (and a couple have been cropped, as well)

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      4.0

      Not the sharpest tool, but good all-around

      By TaylorM

      from Virginia, USA

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Oss Optical Stabilization

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Soft wide open
      • Zoom Noise In Video

      Best Uses

      • Wide Shots In Good Light

      Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

      I purchased an A6000 with this lens. It's a kit lens and you shouldn't expect any more from it. Wide open it tends to be a bit soft, stopped down it has decent sharpness and contrast. The OSS works well and is nice for both photos and videos. Though, when shooting video if you use the power zoom you can hear it on the video, unless you're recording something that's really loud. My 50mm Sony and 19mm Sigma prime lenses are certainly sharper and faster, but with good light this lens offers versatility and compactness. I doubt I would pay $+ for this lens but if you get a good deal on it (like purchasing it with the A6000), or don't already own a number of professional lenses this lens will get the job done.

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      3.0

      nice for beginners

      By issac

      from israel

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • feels cheap
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

      I bought it with my A6000

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      5.0

      Great

      By Motis

      from Salt lake city

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

        Wow, great lens.

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        4.0

        Compact and reliable

        By Dekel

        from Ramat Gan, Israel

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

        I've used the lens for a long trek in Nepal, and for many family occasions. It's not as sharp as other lenses I've tried (Zeiss Touit, mostly), but the useful focal length, compactness, and overall OK picture quality made this lens stay attached to My A6000 for a long time. Very fast auto-focus.

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        2.0

        The size is fantastic! Everything else is not.

        By GastonGC

        from Punta Cana

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

        I've got this attached to my a6000.
        I wanted it for video.. and a few wide angle shots to complement my SEL35F18. Sometimes the focus is spot on, and it looks quite good. In many photos it looks weird. Not really out of focus, but not in focus either. It's just muddy.
        It distorts like crazy. I mean serious distortion. At 16mm the vignetting is extremely bad. In camera corrections are good, but this lens needs better glass, or construction, or both.
        I will use it anyways, for video. The autofocus is fast and silent. The lens is small, and that's pretty much all I care about for my little kit.

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        1.0

        horrible reliability

        By Rociante

        from Syvota, Greece

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

        I bought a alpha 5000 camera for its light weight to travel with. It was supplied with the 18 - 50 OSS lens. It is small, lightweight but the lens is absolutely unreliable. The body is OK but if you just touch the lens it breaks down internally and refuses to operate. The first time was after 1 month and was repaired within warranty; took 3 weeks. Now. 3 months later, in Greece, it happens again; the lens makes some noise but refuses to operate. The only advise Sony can give is to buy an new lens.............
        Very, very disappointing; I thought to buy a quality product, but alass

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        2.0

        Not acceptable

        By TomD77

        from Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

            Don't know how to square my now 3-day-long experience with the people who like this lens. Maybe it's a quality control problem and I got a bad one.

            I had a Samsung NX series mirrorless keep-in-my-car camera to compliment my several Sony A-Mount DSLR cameras for about a year. I was quite pleased with it, even with the kit lens the IQ was unexpectedly good. After reading the multiples of rave reviews about the A6000, I decided to trade over to that for my always with me camera. It showed up 3 days ago and I've now got close to a thousand shots on it. I've tried several different lighting conditions, every mode on the dial, manual, A priority and S priority. Some of the reviews say that the focus is unacceptable to the edges, my shots have been unacceptable in the center.

            Earlier today, alarmed at the unacceptable results, I tried an experiment to eliminate the variables. I shot from a tripod, using 2 second delay, shooting f8, 40mm, centering the object, and the photos were far too soft. They look out of focus and are totally unacceptable.

            As I said earlier, maybe I have a really bad example of the lens.

            I just ordered a Sony LAEA4 lens adapter so I can try my A mount lenses. I'll also buy some other dedicated E mount lenses starting with the Sigma 30mm prime.

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            4.0

            Really a Decent Little Kit Lens

            By Tony

            from Phoenix, AZ

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

              This lens came bundled with my a6000, and I 100% agree with Mel S. This little lens does a fine job when shooting JPG's with in-camera processing.

              I have a few other Sony e-mount lenses, including the F1.8 50mm prime. Yes, that lens is better, but not astonishingly better when shooting JPG's. Images are a little sharper and color saturation is a little better, but the main advantage of the 1.8/50 is its low-light performance. However, this little kit lens is bit more versatile walk-around, courtesy of its motorized zoom, and it has the advantage of being much more compact.

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              2.0

              Avoid

              By Newgirl

              from North Idaho

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Lens Creep
              • Noisy
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                I have owned several similar zooms including those from Nikon, Canon and Sony's non Power zoom version. I also have a close friend who has a Pentax so I have experiance with it too and without a doubt this is the worst kit lens I have ever seen. This also including the non powerzoom as they really are the same lens.

                Now before you brush me off as a Sony hater know that I am one of those people who just sold a lot of nice Nikon gear to switch over. Granted I didn't have multi thousond dollar system like some do but I was proud of my D7100 and assorted lenses and flashes I had collected over the years. No, I do not regret the change as I love the Sony system but that does not mean I have to love the kit lenses or the 16 pancake (equally bad). While the center might have so-so sharpness the corners are no where near acceptable for even a kit lens on today's cameras. It might be okay for an older 12-14MP camera... maybe but a6000? No way! I don't want to go in to a huge review as many have already talked about these issues but I did want to verify it. Sony has some great lenses to start off like the Sigma's or the 20 2.8 Sony. I tend to think it's overpriced and not as sharp as Sigmas but its smaller and still does a real good job and its about the same new as this lens separately. Corner sharpness would do circles around this lens.

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                4.0

                Better the negative reviews suggest

                By Mel S

                from Stoneham, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Excellent stabilization
                • Great Walk-Around lens
                • Very compact

                Cons

                • Best With Lightroom

                Best Uses

                • Jacket-pocket Travel
                • Travel With Others

                Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                I bought mine at B&H in a kit with a NEX-6 in February 2013. I've shot this lens all over the world on my NEX-6 - as have other skilled photographers - and the simple fact is, you won't find a superior, comparably priced 16-50mm zoom for your NEX, A3000 or A6000 than this lens.To appreciate this lens, you need to understand that - to keep the price so low - it's a software-corrected lens. What that means is, the distortion, corner unsharpness and vignetting inherent in an affordable design are eliminated or sharply attenuated ONLY if you use the jpegs created in the camera, or run your RAW images through Lightroom, using the lens correction profile "baked into" all versions of Lightroom since version 4. If you just convert the raw files to jpegs with Photoshop/Adobe Camera Raw, you will not get great results. That doesn't make this inexpensive lens different from other software-corrected lenses in its price class. You can look at the examples I upload here, or better yet, go to Flickr and search for images taken with this lens - just put "Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS" in the Flickr search window, and see all the great, sharp images taken with this lens. These Flickr photos will convince you that those who condemn this lens are wrong.The photography world has many who look down their noses at kit lenses. I almost did too, because of the many negative comments on Internet forums. But I bought it with my NEX-6 because it was so inexpensive when purchased with my NEX-6 – and once I got it, I realized the truth in the old adage, "A poor carpenter blames his tools." Is this a great, Zeiss-competitive lens? Of course not! Are there inexpensive prime lenses that beat this lens at many focal lengths - absolutely! But the reality is, much of what we shoot never gets as far as a print, much less a 24x36 inch or larger that might - MIGHT - begin to show issues at great magnification. This is a "walk-around" lens, great for walking though a city and snapping images. If you travel as a family, couple or in a group, you will anger others as you slow them down while you switch prime lenses – you need a zoom. The Sony 16-70mm alternative costs almost $– and the $ or more difference between buying that lens and this in a kit could pay for several days in a Prague AirBnB!Many who've listened to the nay-sayers eventually come back and buy the lens at $ or more over what they'd have paid if they bought it with a body. I suggest you not make a mistake and buy it with your new Sony camera.

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                4.0

                Not Great, But a Workable Kit Lens

                By Rick

                from Washington D.C.

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                Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                I bought this lens with the a6000 as a kit lens. While it's not the sharpest tool in the tool box it is workable. I will admit, wide open it's not good at all but it does seem to have a sweet spot in the f8 to f16 area and with a little sharpening in Lightroom or Photoshop it's actually pretty good. Take a look at the shots I uploaded. The first is a full frame shot with some sharpening in Lightroom and the second is a 100% crop of the same pic. Detail is better than I expected. So like I said, with a little post production sharpening it's not bad at all.

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                4.0

                A satisfactory compact power zoom

                By DanlJ

                from Wisconsin

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                    With any lens, the question is what is the expected use of the images made. In this case, it's snapshots. I bought this lens to replace the original Sony 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 glass zoom on my wife's NEX-5. It's half the length, and about a third the weight. The power zoom makes camera handling much easier than the manual zoom of the lens it replaced.Informal sharpness testing at max and min zoom with a lens-testing chart, viewed at 1:1 shows this lens to be sharper than the old one with much less chromatic aberration.The short length and light weight makes the camera pocketable for the first time. It becomes a perfectly adequate P&S with excellent image qualities for snapshots. Yes, there's barel distortion at 16mm, but DxO Optics improves this remarkably. No, you won't be making posters. Compared with the superb Zeiss 55mm f1.8, the sharpness is trivially less *in this camera* and *for this application*. It has less chromatic aberration than the Sony 28-70 3.5-5.6 lens, though more distortion at minimum focal length.

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                    1.0

                    A fine paperweight

                    By Chuck in NM

                    from Albuquerque, NM

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                    Pros

                    • Acceptable In The Middle
                    • Lightweight
                    • Small Innovative

                    Cons

                    • Poor Color And Contrast
                    • Produces Soft Images
                    • Very Distorted Wide End

                    Best Uses

                    • Paperweight
                    • Snapshots Maybe

                    Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                    This lens has a pretty neat design and is quite compact but in the end, it's all about the images and this thing fails. I took a few dozen shots with it (bought it as part of a kit with my A6000) and thought wow, this camera sure doesn't produce very nice images. Then I put a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 prime on it and BAM! Wow! Amazingly detailed, contrasty, colorful, sharp images. The problem was NOT the camera. It was the lens. The amount of distortion this lens produces at the wide end is laughable; first time I saw it, I thought, hey, did I select the fisheye option in some "creative effect" menu or something? Even shooting raw and processing in Lightroom 5 with specific lens profile applied, it's still distorted. The colors are not pleasing and the detail is soft, even muddy at times. It takes a lot of post processing work to pull what I'd consider to be an acceptable image. This lens works acceptably in the middle of it's zoom range, stopped down to at least f/5.6. That's it. Zoomed out, less noticeable pincushion distortion but again, quite soft. I can't believe Sony charges nearly $ new for this lens. Buying it as part of a kit, for about $, I figured, "hey, can't go wrong with that!" But I did. I unloaded it on @ at a loss. I guess if you really just want to take snapshots and if you have a much older, lower resolution Sony camera this lens might be acceptable. But if you care about the QUALITY of the images you shoot, avoid this thing like the plague and do NOT believe the positive reviews, it's overpriced at $. I have owned dozens of lenses with 8-10 different systems. I don't think I've ever encountered a more mediocre, softer, less appealing lens, ever. Don't waste your money. This thing doesn't belong anywhere near a NEX 7 or an A6000. Buy a Sigma or Sony prime, or one of the Zeiss primes, of the Zeiss f/4 zoom. Hopefully this will soon occupy a place in the dustbin of photographic history. I gave it one star only because there wasn't an option for zero stars.

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                    2.0

                    Very dissappointed

                    By Alexandra

                    from Bucharest, Romania

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                    Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                    I've been using this lens for over a year and a half now, first on the NEX 5R and now on the Alpha a6000.

                    After all this time I have come to a sad conclusion: my old kit lens 18-55 that I had on my first mirrorless, which was a F3, was much better than this.

                    To say the lens is not sharp is an understatement. It is awful. I feel like I'm throwing away the excellent quality of the body (Alpha a6000) with this lens. The distortion is also a big problem.

                    The only reason I bought it is because it is retractable and I travel on the mountain a lot (sometimes climbing) and I can't carry a big camera, I really need one that fits into a small bag.

                    However, I am considering buying a different lens.

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                    4.0

                    Practical And Compact

                    By Ed

                    from Santa Clara, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                      I use this lens on an NEX C3. Barrel distortion and vignetting are gone by around 22mm focal length. I get that by touching the zoom control twice quickly. If you want to use 16mm, you can eliminate the distortion in post with an editing program such as Photoshop. I use this rig as an alternative to a bulky DSLR for casual pictures. It's reasonably sharp, especially in the center. Way out in the corners, there is some softening, but I accept the tradeoff. I use the standard flash (F7S) and also the external mic with the NEX, the latter to cut down on wind noise for video.

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                      2.0

                      very bad at wide angle

                      By Nikolas 75

                      from NJ Cliffside Park

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens:

                      Shoot at the widest angle in raw, horizon showed up impossibly curved I was able to fix it by using Dxo ViewPoint 2. Soft was able to do the good job but this fact won't make me feel better about this very weak product Wide angle lenses are notoriously prone to distortion that is why only few example can be truly called wide angle lens Nikon and Canon come to mind but not this Sony
                      Add the fact of no less than distortion a vignetting problem and at the end I rely have no idea why I keep this lens anyway the price probably is only good point and if you will avoid shooting in raw at wide angle not intend to shoot horizons not intend to shoot in poor lightning conditions then may be, but for rest of us who are even just a little bit understand photography should avoidavoid

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