16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens

Model: SELP1650

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Weight 4.09 oz (116 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.55 x 1.18" (64.7 x 29.9 mm)
Filter Thread Front:40.5 mm


Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.215x
Focal Length 16 - 50mm
Comparable Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 9/8
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
6 July 2014

Handling and features A common complaint with Sony's NEX camera system is the size lenses need to be due to the large APS-C sized imaging sensor. This new E16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens may be the answer to that issue.

Photozone de.34752480
23 September 2013

The Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS broke a couple of records but unfortunately not in the positive sense. Its uncorrected distortion and vignetting figures are nothing short of insane. So Sony obviously doesn't want the lens to be used without enabled aberration compensation.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
21 December 2016

Since getting my a6000 I've gotten several lenses that are stellar. This 16-50mm kit lens is not that bad at all. f8 is the sweet spot throughout the range and if you keep this in mind you'll get some nice corners. Check out my attacked shots for examples.

15 February 2013

I preordered it a couple of months ago and it just arrived from this week. The images produced by the lens (except when zoomed in all the way) have some of the worst distortion and barreling I have seen.

  • +

    Small and compact

  • -

    Distortion. Almost unusable on older NEX5.

22 June 2016

Does what it's suppose to.

B h photo.32817553
31 July 2017

I find this tiny lens to be better than I expected, and it will be useful with the a6500 when the smallest possible kit is required.

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • 24-75mm Focal Range (35mm Equivalency)
  • E-mount Lens for Sony NEX Cameras
  • Compact Design Retracts to 30mm
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 9.8" (0.25m) Minimum Focus Distance
  • Four Aspherical Lens Surfaces
  • Internal Stepping Motor
  • Circular Aperture
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In The Box
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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