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9 reviews

Oct, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of SONY SAL-1650. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price, but there are some mixed views about the usability.

price, design

On average, users rate this product 96/100.

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Consumer review by: FotoJunkie (

Awesome Lens


Cant complain with this lens. I use mine with a a77, a65, and a300

Great all around lens

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: TheEnthusiast (

Killer Lens


I have two G lenses and two Zeiss lenses, and, subjectively, this lens is sharper. It is a perfect match to the A77, which needs the large aperture and super-sharp optical performance. When I bought the A77, I worried that the detectors (pixels) were...

Razor sharp; fast, silent focusing; great price


Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: OldNoob (

Good , However...


One Month experience with this SAL1650 lens on both the a580 and a100 There are a lot of 5 star reviews on this page for the lens. I guess it is justified if you compare this lens to the other low to mid range zooms Sony produces. As a Zoom lens it is...

it is FAST! and very Sharp at 50mm f/10

at 16mm it is soft

May, 2012

Consumer review by: A65MACGuy (

So far great!


Got mine off Ebay right after price increase. Got lit for lees than the old full price. Works great and very quiet. No focus noise at all and works great on my a65.

Very quiet

A little heavy

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: markrathgeber (

Amazing sharpness for the price


Honestly, the quality of this glass is amazing. Because I always use cameras with crop sensors anyway, this is a perfect addition to anyone's collection. Constant 2.8 aperture is great for video. Couldn't ask for more.

Clear images

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Successful (

Solid Lens, Great Purchase


This is a wonderful piece of glass. The feel of it in your hand is great, and it is better built than the CZ 16-80mm. If you don't need the extra reach, I definitely suggest this lens over the CZ given that it's faster and has the SSM in it. A little...

Optics, SSM, Build Quality, Everything

72mm diameter (filters are expensive)

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: ABETTERDJ (

The SONY 16-50MM 2.8 lens is excellent


We've had our SONY 16-50MM 2.8 lens since the beginning of October. We are sooo happy that we bought ours as part of the 2nd SONY SLT-A77 we ordered as a kit.

very fast, bright, excellent color, great in low light

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: TechnoGuy (

simply the best lens for your Sony alpha APS-C


This is a beautiful (albeit not light or cheap) partner for the Sony Alphas, esp. the new A77 and A65. It might be the sharpest of any 16-50 2.8 on the market right now, and it is even sharper than the very pricey alpha mount Carl Zeiss 16-80mm, but of...

1) exceptional sharpness; 2) great value; 3) firmware correction

1) weight; 2) somewhat stiff zoom ring; 3) not cheap

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: OldNoob (

Good for a Zoom


This Lens is somewhat costly , though half that of similar CZ zoom lenses. The image quality is very good for a zoom lens, although to truly appreciate it, it's best if your camera can produce sharp RAW files. For example the Sony a580 produces...

Apr, 2012