On march 29. Sony announced new full frame E-mount lenses and next incarnation of its popular RX10 bridge camera. The lenses are FE 50mm F/1.8 and FE 70-300 F/4.5-5.6 G OSS. 50mm lens is particularly interesting for its attractive price tag – $250. This will be very popular alternative to quite pricey Zeiss FE 55/1.8 (around $1000). I can allready see it as part of a three prime lens combo (28/2, 50/1.8 and currently non-existing affordable 85/2).
Sony released first of its mirrorless NEX cameras in 2010. Since then, several improved and new models appeared. Sony NEX-7 was amongst the first “serious” mirrorless cameras on the market but it’s price and high megapixel count were a turn-off for some users. At this year’s Photokina, Sony announced the latest member of NEX family – the NEX-6. It is positioned between NEX-5R and NEX-7, but looks and feels more like the NEX-7.
In a rush to publish the Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review, I omited to mention some important details which are in my opinion actually critical to have in mind if you are considering to purchase this lens. Also an obvious error occurred and I feel I must adjust my conclusions accordingly. This in an update post to the original review with some further elaboration of 16-50′s performance, and why I strongly suggested older NEX body users to stay away from it.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is a welcomed addition to E-mount lens lineup. It’s a lens most NEX users wanted from beginning – a small collapsible zoom. It is exactly half as big as Sony E 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, has the same aperture range, optical stabilization, but a bit wider angle (24mm vs. 27mm in 35mm equivalent).
SEL16-50 is a good example of tradeoffs; at this price point, being collapsible and covering APS-C sensor, some part of its performance must be below average. And really, as soon as it hit shelves a week or two ago, internet community started complaint threads on 16-50′s performance. You surely know how it looks like; endless trolling, (usually) without samples to back-up stated points and a lot of confusion amongst potential buyers. That’s why I rushed to get it reviewed and clear a situation at least a little bit. So let’s begin with SEL1650 review.