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Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT A-Mount Lens

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The Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT A-Mount Lens

The Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 is a fast-aperture, normal-range zoom for crop-sensor Sony Alpha cameras. It produces very high-quality images with great contrast and sharpness and features Sony’s SSM focusing motor for quick, silent autofocus. It’s equivalent to a 24-75mm in 35mm terms. This is a very popular length for general use and events. The fast f/2.8 aperture allows for low-light shooting and a shallow depth of field, which is ideal for portraiture.

Sony utilized extra-low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses to limit typical image-killers like ghosting, flare, and chromatic aberrations. For improved operation, the lens also features a zoom-lock switch, a focus-distance scale, and an AF/MF switch.

Tim's Take

This is a great lens for pretty much any of the Sony A-mount DSLRs (not the full-frame a99). It really shines on the new translucent-mirror cameras such as the A65 and A77.

The autofocus is very fast and quite accurate. If you need a fast-aperture, normal-range zoom lens, you don’t need to look any further (unless you start talking Sony-Zeiss). You’ll get good corner sharpness at f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, with f/4 giving great corners. There is a bit of vignetting if shooting wide open at 50mm, but it gets better as you stop down. However, a word to the wise--at 16mm, you do have some distortion to deal with and a visible amount of spherochromatism in the corners. Basically, if you need a wide angle, you may want to look to a dedicated wide-angle lens rather than just using the 16mm end of this lens all the time.

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