Photigy Studio Photography School Where Passion Meets Profession

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:

  • Before-sony oss lens
    After-sony oss lens
    Before sony oss lens After


  • Before-sony oss 2
    After-sony oss 2
    Before sony oss 2 After

 Instead of writing the sony lens review, I am talking in front of the camera. Here we go:

Sony 16-50mm F3.5-56 OSS lens first impressions video review  


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:


  • Before-fixed not fixed
    After-fixed not fixed
    Before fixed not fixed After


  • Before-fixed distortion
    After-fixed distortion
    Before fixed distortion After



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


All the best to everyone:-)

P.S More reviews for mirrorless cameras I have:

LoadingAdd to favorites

3 Responses on Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Sony Lens Review and First Impressions."

  1. Foflug says:

    Post Comment

  2. Philip Ng says:

    Hi Alex does the NEX 7 and 6 have the lens correction in camera or must I use Adobe Photoshop to correct it?

    I am considering getting the NEX 6 and it comes with this lens bundled in. Sony also has another dual lens kit with the 50-200 bundled in. Have you tried this telephoto zoom? Any comments?


  3. Iñigo Ochoa says:

    Nice review, thank you. I was looking for something similar and it´s difficult to find on the web. I´ll definitely change my Sony A850 for the Nex 7 with de 16-50 lens. I want something small, with good video cuality and a lot of controls, like the NEX 7.

    Regards from Spain ;-)

Leave a Message

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Copyright © Photigy Studio Photography All Rights Reserved