Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM (SAL-1650) - Review / Lens Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony NEX

Sample Images

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Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1600s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

The Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM doesn't deliver an absolutely flawless job on the NEX 7 but at optimal settings you can achieve very good if not impressive results across the image frame. The center quality is generally superb at mainstream settings and stopped down to f/5.6 the borders and corners are also very fine. At and beyond 35mm you will have to live with a bit of corner softness at max. aperture though. The vignetting is also quite heavy at f/2.8. The amount of lateral CAs is on the high side - specifically at 16mm. The bokeh (quality of the out-of-focus blur) has two souls. Out-of-focus highlights are very nervous but the general blur is comparatively smooth for such a lens. The distortion characteristic is about average.

The build quality of the Sony lens is very good and it would be a worthy representative of the professional grade "G" lineup although Sony didn't provide this badge for whatever reason. The weather sealing is a nice value-add here - more of this, please. The Super-Sonic AF is fast and near-silent when using the EA-LA2 adapter but better check the focus accuracy prior of rushing out for a serious shooting.

The setup with the EA-LA2 is vastly superior to the NEX kit lens but there is a price to pay for this, of course. The lens itself is actually surprisingly affordable compared to similar offerings from Nikon and Canon but the Alpha adapter doesn't come for free and size- and weight-wise it is also a bit of a monster on a dwarfish NEX. However, if you want to make the most of your system the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM is certainly a viable option.

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