Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6 to f/22-36
  • One ED Element; Four Aspherical Elements
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Power Zoom Mechanism
  • Retractable Design; Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

An ideal companion for your compact, APS-C mirrorless camera, the E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Sony offers a versatile equivalent zoom range of 24-75mm as well as a retractable design that makes your system much more manageable when not in use. Helping to deliver excellent optical quality throughout the range are an extra-low dispersion element and four aspherical elements to combat various aberrations and improve contrast. The lens also incorporates Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a power zoom mechanism, both of which will help you capture smooth and steady stills and video. Additionally, it has an internal focus design, a minimum focus distance of 9.8", and uses a seven-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh.

Designed for APS-C-format E-mount cameras, this 16-50mm lens will provide a versatile standard zoom range that is equivalent to 24-75mm.
A variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6 helps keep the lens' overall size and weight to a minimum.
One extra-low dispersion glass element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Four aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
Enjoy smooth zooms ideal for shooting movies with the power zoom mechanism available in this lens.
Due to a retractable design, this lens can be made to be extremely compact when not in use.
An internal focus design contributes to fast autofocus speeds and the minimum focus distance of 9.8".
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242858152
In the Box
Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
  • ALC-F405S 40.5mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 16 - 50mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 36
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 83° - 32°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Magnification 0.215x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.7
    Elements/Groups 9 / 8
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 40.5 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.55 x 1.18" (64.7 x 29.9 mm)
    Weight 4.09 oz (116 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.4"

    Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 52.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The size is fantastic! Everything else is not. 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.
    Date published: 2015-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really a Decent Little Kit 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible reliability 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
    Date published: 2015-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the sharpest tool, but good all-around 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.
    Date published: 2015-12-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small and usable, if well short of perfect 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)
    Date published: 2016-03-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very dissappointed 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.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Great, But a Workable Kit 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love everything about it except the most important thing 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.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
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