Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 Standard Zoom Lens

Model #SAL1650

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Specifications

Physical

Filter thread Front: 72 mm
Weight 20.35 oz (577 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.19 x 3.46" (8.10 x 8.79 cm)

Performance

Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 22
Focal length 16 - 50 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Minimum focus distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Format compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Diaphragm blades 7
Groups/elements 13/16
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Angle of view 83° - 32°
Magnification 0.2x

Features

Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
13 August 2014
7.0/10

The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM is a fine standard angle zoom with a fixed f/2.8 aperture throughout its range, but it's a little pricey.

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    Sharp throughout zoom range. Fixed f/2.8 aperture. 3.1x zoom range.

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    Lots of distortion at 16mm. Edges could be sharper. Pricey.

What digital camera.32818507
29 September 2011
8.9/10

In summary, this is a very good lens in its own right and an excellent choice as a versatile kit lens. The depressed MTF curves simply indicate that advances in Sony’s sensor technology are now out-pacing lens performance at the top end.

Pop photo.32824722
1 March 2007

This high-speed, standard-range, Alpha-mount utility zoom scales up to the full-frame equivalent of a 24–75mm on Sony APS-C bodies. When it was introduced with Sony’s remarkable Alpha 77 in mid-2011, Sony insiders referred to the 16–50mm f/2.8 ($700, street) as the camera’s “non-kit kit lens,” and,...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
12 November 2014
10/10

This is to replace my kit lens for my A57. I can not belive the difference its mades. Images come out sharp and clean. I also have a Tamron 18-270 which i just love but decided to go with Sony Brand on this one and I am very pleased .

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    Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction

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    Heavy

Adorama.32830004
25 September 2014
10/10

This was the kit lens that came with my Alpha 77. The lens is equivalent to the super expensive $1998.00 Sony/Zeiss 24-70/2.8 but at a very reasonable price. The 16-50 is a APS-C/Crop sensor lens and it's the full frame equivalent of a 24-75/2.8.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

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    Heavy

Amazon.32817384
16 March 2015
10/10

Sharp! Crisp! Beautiful! Would recommend lens filter for protection. Do not get the tiffen one. At night it makes all the lights in the background glance off the glass with a light house effect

Sony.33706150
11 July 2013

simply put...this lens was the reason that i went with the A77 (came coupled with camera body)...and i wasn't disappointed...fantastic sharp results and lightning quick focus...takes a little bit getting used to the weight, but you can't go wrong at all...worth every cent..

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    SSM, constant aperture

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    none

Photography review.32822891
11 May 2012
8.0/10

I like this lens a lot, it never comes off of my alpha 100, it is a way better lens than camera. It needs to be on at least an a700. It is fast accurate and well built. I got a real good deal on it, I did not pay retail. But for anyone looking for a new lens don't pass this one up.

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    Fast, color, build, DOF control.

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    Sometimes it searches more than I would like in low light, requires some post processing as far as some sharpening.

Review us shopping com.33655990
4 May 2012
10/10

For APS-C shooters, this is perhaps THE BEST general-purpose lens ON ANY SYSTEM.

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    Constant (fast) f2.8. Outstanding optical and build quality.

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    Not for Sony full-frame.

Slrgear com.32823196
8 February 2012

I don't see from the slrgear tests that this lens is better than the Tamron 17-50 non VC

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    Adapted to Alpha 77

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    Not really superior to Tamron 17-50

Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-75mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • Aspheric Glass Lens Elements
  • SSM Super Sonic Wave Motor
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.0'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Thread: 72mm
8.6/10
Average Expert Score
9.3/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • SH117 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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