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Sony16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens
 
2.9

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54%

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Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (4)
    • Home (3)
    • Landscape photography (3)
    • Travel (3)
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    Excellent lens, but not for pixel peeper

    Optics:
    This is NOT a critically sharp lens.
    It has ok sharpness, pretty much on the same level with other kit zooms on the market. Terrible fisheye-like distortion at 16mm,...Read complete review

    Optics:
    This is NOT a critically sharp lens.
    It has ok sharpness, pretty much on the same level with other kit zooms on the market. Terrible fisheye-like distortion at 16mm, probably the worst I've seen, this is the main aspect of criticism on the internet.
    But to be fair, this issue is corrected in camera with newer bodies or newer firmwares right up to the preview level. So you won't notice it at all, whether after capture or when you're framing. Then if you shoot raw, this problem is easily fixed. Just remember that you'd be losing some sharpness at 16mm because some pixels are cut for in-camera correction.
    I'd say after correction, this lens is optically quite comparable to the 24-105L I used to own, without the L lens contrast, but with better work against CA and purple fringing.

    Real world usage:
    In the real world, for the right purposes, this lens is awesome!
    1. It makes a super light and pocketable zoom package, currently the only one of its kind if you want aps-c quality.
    2. Then it is dirt cheap bought with the combo, so you use it harsh rather than try to protect it.
    3. I first worried about the responsiveness of the lens, for it has to extend out on power up. But the procedure takes less than 2 seconds, during which time I would pull out the camera and aim my eye to it anyway, so has not been for me an obstacle in real use.
    4. The lever mechanism is a joy to use. You can zoom, focus, and control the speed of the zoom with just one finger.
    5. It's durable. I was worried about the durability of a low cost all electronic lens. But earlier this year when I was on a boat on a glacier lake in Argentina, an icy wave completely splashed on my camera, with this lens on. Water got into the camera but not the camera sensor, so first, tight mount construction. The water later vaporized forming a fog inside the lens, but was easily cleaned after throwing the lens on a heat radiator for a night. Vapor gone, and 0 problem with the functions after that. That's quite a test for durability I'd say.
    6. The autofocus is fast on the NEX-6 with the sensor based PDAF, not lightning fast, but at least common dslr fast. It's faster than the E 50 1.8, even with the firmware update to support PDAF.
    7. The 16mm range is wider than most people need for every day usage, makes a real difference. I also bought the E10-18 which is pretty decent optic for the journey in Argentina, but for outdoor shots, the combined advantage of 16mm wide angle and compactness made me rarely used the superior 10-18.

    To sum it up. It is a compact, durable and cheap piece of equipment that a joy to use and take with you anywhere, with nice range and acceptable optical performance. As a bonus, it provides near-silent operation and silky-smooth focusing for video.
    As long as you're not shooting commercials or printing posters, this is a great deal for the NEX system.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    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

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                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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                        2.0

                        Not up to camera

                        By Nikolas

                        from Cliffside Park NJ

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                          Cons

                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

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

                            Crazy vignetting at white angle, very slow start up, autofocus skip quite often weak product unless you are looking to ideal condition all the time may be then this lens would be up to task.

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                            4.0

                            Very convenient lens, fast and simple

                            By Julio

                            from Mexico City

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography

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

                              I like using this lens for everyday shooting, is compact, light and easy to use.
                              Autofocus works well and without a problem.

                              The cons that I have found is the zoom function: is oversensitive, in a quarter of a turn goes from 16 to 50mm. Hard to have a fine adjustment.
                              I don't know why Sony only sells it in Black in the US while it sells it in Silver in other parts of the world.
                              Additionally, I find it a bit expensive.

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                              2.0

                              Underperforms for such a good camera

                              By D in Africa

                              from Chipata, Zambia

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                              Pros

                              • Cheap
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor Detail
                              • Poor Focusing
                              • Underexposure

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography

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

                              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

                              Surprisingly great!

                              By DF

                              from San Francisco, CA

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Traveling

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

                                This is a surprisingly good lens for the price. Very compact and flexible with a terrific stabilizer. It's not the sharpest lens and it does have some color issues especially in the wider focal lengths, but these are fair trade-offs considering it's price and size. Despite the quality issues, I've found that RAW images are very correctable and can produce excellent results. This is a surprisingly great "one lens" solution, especially for a light traveler.

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                                2.0

                                Not what I expected.

                                By L

                                from Adirondacks

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

                                      I was looking forward to using the lens when traveling. It turns out the lens is not as compact as expected. SONY did not match the competition in terms of a short length that would help the NEX line be easier to fit in a smaller space. It also seemed that the amount of distortion at the widest angle was more than I thought there would be.

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent lens, but not for pixel peeper

                                      By YEW

                                      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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                                      Pros

                                      • cheap
                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Needs Correction
                                      • Not critically sharp

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video

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

                                      Optics:
                                      This is NOT a critically sharp lens.
                                      It has ok sharpness, pretty much on the same level with other kit zooms on the market. Terrible fisheye-like distortion at 16mm, probably the worst I've seen, this is the main aspect of criticism on the internet.
                                      But to be fair, this issue is corrected in camera with newer bodies or newer firmwares right up to the preview level. So you won't notice it at all, whether after capture or when you're framing. Then if you shoot raw, this problem is easily fixed. Just remember that you'd be losing some sharpness at 16mm because some pixels are cut for in-camera correction.
                                      I'd say after correction, this lens is optically quite comparable to the 24-105L I used to own, without the L lens contrast, but with better work against CA and purple fringing.

                                      Real world usage:
                                      In the real world, for the right purposes, this lens is awesome!
                                      1. It makes a super light and pocketable zoom package, currently the only one of its kind if you want aps-c quality.
                                      2. Then it is dirt cheap bought with the combo, so you use it harsh rather than try to protect it.
                                      3. I first worried about the responsiveness of the lens, for it has to extend out on power up. But the procedure takes less than 2 seconds, during which time I would pull out the camera and aim my eye to it anyway, so has not been for me an obstacle in real use.
                                      4. The lever mechanism is a joy to use. You can zoom, focus, and control the speed of the zoom with just one finger.
                                      5. It's durable. I was worried about the durability of a low cost all electronic lens. But earlier this year when I was on a boat on a glacier lake in Argentina, an icy wave completely splashed on my camera, with this lens on. Water got into the camera but not the camera sensor, so first, tight mount construction. The water later vaporized forming a fog inside the lens, but was easily cleaned after throwing the lens on a heat radiator for a night. Vapor gone, and 0 problem with the functions after that. That's quite a test for durability I'd say.
                                      6. The autofocus is fast on the NEX-6 with the sensor based PDAF, not lightning fast, but at least common dslr fast. It's faster than the E 50 1.8, even with the firmware update to support PDAF.
                                      7. The 16mm range is wider than most people need for every day usage, makes a real difference. I also bought the E10-18 which is pretty decent optic for the journey in Argentina, but for outdoor shots, the combined advantage of 16mm wide angle and compactness made me rarely used the superior 10-18.

                                      To sum it up. It is a compact, durable and cheap piece of equipment that a joy to use and take with you anywhere, with nice range and acceptable optical performance. As a bonus, it provides near-silent operation and silky-smooth focusing for video.
                                      As long as you're not shooting commercials or printing posters, this is a great deal for the NEX system.

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                                      2.0

                                      A very mediocre lens

                                      By DFP

                                      from San Francisco

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

                                            This lens is all about trade-offs. You get a versatile and very compact zoom but you trade it in for a lot of image quality. Sharpness is quite poor especially at the edges of the frame. Chromatic aberration is very pronounced even in the center of the image - at the edges it's unbelievably bad and can't be totally removed even with arduous post processing. The wide angle performance is dreadful - along with aberration and smearing you get the worst barrel distortion i've ever seen in any wide angle zoom. The telephoto performance is somewhat better but there is an overall lack of sharpness even at 50mm.

                                            The camera software will try and correct a lot of this lens' shortcomings but it can only do so much. You can further correct problems in post if you shoot in RAW mode, but ultimately "you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear" If you are a discerning photographer with more than low expectations, do NOT get this lens. If you don't care about quality and want something more compact for your NEX system then this may be for you.

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