Sony NEX 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ Lens

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The technical details behind this lens

The perfect companion for your APS-C format cameras, this lens from Sony offers an impressive zoom range as well as a variety of excellent features, making it one of the best in its range. The Sony NEX 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ lens is compact and has a retractable design and structure, making it a lot more manageable when not in use. The presence of special elements in the lens design further adds to its performance. The sturdy lens design helps deliver crystal-clear imagery, maintaining consistency throughout the zoom range.

Perfect for E-mount cameras, this 16-50mm lens provides a standard zoom range equivalent to 24-75mm. Just like every product from Sony, this lens, too, is built to deliver perfection. Let’s have a sneak-peek into what makes this lens stand apart from its counterparts.

Top three reasons we think you will love this lens
  • The lens features a retractable design, making it extremely compact when not in use. Thanks to this feature, the lens will not occupy a lot of space in your kit.
  • The power zoom mechanism of this 16-50mm lens offers smooth zooming, making it ideal for shooting movies. With glitch-free zooming, the lens can also be applied to a whole range of other photographic and video graphic applications.
  • When employing selective focus techniques, the rounded seven-blade diaphragm of the lens contributes to a pleasing and subtle yet impressive bokeh. This further enhances image quality.

Sharp and True Imaging

The lens offers a maximum aperture range of f/3.5 to 5.6, whereas the minimum aperture range spans from f/22 to f/36. It offers a maximum magnification of 0.21x with a minimum focusing distance of 25cm. With a solid lens construction of nine elements in eight groups, the lens also features one extra-low dispersion glass element. This supports counter aberrations and colour fringing, thus helping to maintain chromatic tonality in images. Further strengthening the lens design are the four aspherical elements, which play a role in reducing astigmatism, field curvature and other monochromatic aberrations.

Fast Autofocus

The internal focusing design of the lens is impeccable, delivering fast, precise and accurate focusing. Enhancing the excellent autofocusing mechanism is the Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation. This helps minimise the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery. Handheld shooting with this lens is a pleasurable experience, as the stabilisation system can also be combined with the camera’s in-built image stabilisation mechanism for more effective control of camera blur.

Our experts opinion

On an overall basis, the lens is a perfect addition to your photography kit – its features, performance and the price it comes at makes the lens worth it. A great choice for beginners and seasoned photographers as well, you should consider this lens for your APS-C format E-mount mirrorless cameras. Irrespective of your shooting conditions, the lens will still deliver consistent results across the focal length range.