Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Review

May 2, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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Released with the Sony Alpha A65 and A77 cameras, the Sony 16-50 ƒ/2.8 DT is an APS-C compatible lens with a maximum aperture setting of ƒ/2.8 regardless of the focal length selected. Mounted on a camera body with an APS-C sensor, the lens will produce an effective field of view of approximately 24-75mm. The lens takes 72mm filters and accepts a petal-shaped hood, which is included with the lens. The Sony 16-50mm ƒ/2.8 is scheduled to be available for approximately $700 in October 2011.
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Let's start with the basics. This new (October, 2012) lens is a DT design, meaning that it is for Sony's Alpha mount APS-C cameras, such as the new SLT A65 and A77 (and NEX cameras via an LA-EA2 adaptor). Indeed this lens is sold as a "kit lens" with the A77. But, this is no kit lens. At US $700 when purchased separately it certainly isn't priced like one, and as will be seen it doesn't perform like a typical kit lens either.
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As of the time of this review high quality zoom lens options are not really available in Sony E mount (Sony NEX) so it is viable to have a look beyond. Sony Alpha (DSLR) lenses can be used on NEX cameras via Sony Alpha adapters (EA-LA1 & LA2). The more interesting adapter is the new Sony EA-LA2 which basically transforms your NEX into a Sony Alpha SLT DSLR with phase-detection AF support - with no real drawbacks apart from the extra bulk.
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