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Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Sony Lens Review

And First Impressions.

About  week ago I’ve got Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OOS lens, and this is my first impressions and my Sony Lens Review:

The lens is retractable, which is great for carrying the camera concealed and usually bad for image quality.  I can tell you now is that the Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OOS lens has huge barrel distortion and has quite heavy vignetting. No complaints, great result for the retractable zoom for $300.

I waited for it for almost 2 months 🙂

But man, the camera looks so sexy with this black lens! I’ve  snapped quick shots in the studio (you can see by the amount of dust on the table how quick I was:-)  with lens in and out, check it out:

Sample images from Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens.


Landscape shot, hand-held,  Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS at 38mm (58mm on 35mm equiv.)
F8.0 1/250 +0.3EV, ISO 100

100% crop from the shot above, center spot

100% crop from the shot above, right edge spot


Portrait hand-held,  Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS at 31mm (46mm on 35mm equiv.)
F5.0, 1/125 -0.7EV, ISO 100, fill-in flash


100% crop form the shot above:


Another portrait with Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS @35mm

F6.3, 1/160, ISO 100, -0.3EV, Fill-in flash

100% crop from the image above

Not bad for $300 lens on a little 24Mpx sensor.

Another portrait:


 Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS at macro work:


Chromatic aberrations

Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS at 16mm F6.3:

100% crop from the image above:

Barrel distortion and lens vignetting

Below are before and after lens correction (Adobe profile) was applied:

The verdict:

The lest is good for $300 zoom, especially when you know where to wash your hands!

Where to buy it: 

On Amazon: Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

On (my favorite online store): Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens

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