Sony 16-50mm Lens: Review [Photos Included]

sony 16-50mm kit zoom lens, Sony 16-50mm Lens

Sony 16-50mm Kit Lens

I just bought the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera and got the standard Sony 16-50mm Kit lens in the package.



What I like about the Sony 16-50mm Lens:

As far as kit lenses go, this is a nice lens that is light weight and durable – and versatile.

The kit lens lets you get a wide range of shots as you can see below – like the covered bridge from the side in Vermont. I’m able to get a very wide range of view such as the river bed shot pictured below or get up close and take nature shots in my front yard, like the leaves in the sunshine.

I bought the Megagear neoprene camera wrap to protect the camera & lens and tossed the gear into my bag. And fortunately, at the bottom of my messenger bag, everything survived a trip to Mexico. (Also, I have the Peak Design Camera Strap and LOOOVE IT! )peak design camera strap

The beauty of a mirrorless camera is that it feels like it’s barely there. The camera and lens are so light-weight that after a day walking around taking photos, I’m not exhausted.

My standard DSLR kit is a 50mm lens & the Canon 7D. They’re definitely a burden to carry compared to a mirrorless camera.

Recommended Sony E-mount Lenses

Lens Sizef/stopPrime or ZoomAverage CostGet Price
12mm (Rokinon)f2.0Ultra-Wide Angle Prime$$Get Price
16mm f2.8Prime$Get Price
24mm (Carl Zeiss Sonnar)f1.8Prime$$$Get Price
50mm OSS Ef1.8Prime$Get Price
18-200 OSSf3.5-6.3Telephoto Zoom$$$Get Price
55-210mm OSS E f4.5-6.3 Telephoto Zoom$Get Price

What I don’t like about the Sony 16-50mm Lens:

I wouldn’t plan on using this to take photos of birds in flight. It’s not a good lens for capturing the drama in nature.  However, I can use it to capture snapshots, vacation photos, and static nature shots quite well. For more dramatic outdoor shots, I’ll need to get a more dynamic zoom lens like the Sony E-mount 55-210mm lens.

Also, the bokeh on the 16-50mm lens isn’t as good as a prime lens. I’ll need to add a nice prime to my arsenal to get the background blur I love in photos.


Images – Sony 16-50mm Lens:

As for photos, I’ve mostly used the Sony A6000 and Sony 16-50mm lens in nature around my neighborhood. I did take it up to Vermont and have a few shots to share, but the camera and lens are new for me – just breaking them in.

Finally, the photos are not color corrected in Photoshop. With that, they do look good on screen right out of the camera.

leaves-in-front, Sony 16-50mm Lens

leaf-on-pavement, Sony 16-50mm Lens

lake-out-back, Sony 16-50mm Lens

sony-emount-kit-lens, Sony 16-50mm Lens






The Sony E-mount 16-50mm kit lens is versatile and can cover a wide range of view or get close-up and personal. It’s a solid lens for pretty much anything except macro photography and zooming in close for nature photography when you are far away from your subject matter.

If you want to grow as a photographer, use your lens to the fullest extent of its capabilities.

If you want to get a new lens, here is a short list of what Sony has to offer.

Sony E-mount Lenses on the Market:

Sony E-mount prime lenses have a fixed focal length and are not zoomable. You have to “zoom with your feet” or move closer or further away from the subject to get the shot. Prime lenses are excellent lenses to let your creativity flow because you have to think through the shot and compose it without zooming the lens to compose your image.

These affordable prime lenses are excellent for every day use – architecture, vacations, groups of people:

16mm f2.8 (prime)

20mm f2.8 (prime)

24mm f1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar (prime)

30mm f3.5 Macro (prime)

35mm f1.8 OSS (prime)

50mm f1.8 OSS E (prime)

Sony E-mount zoom lenses let you get close up from a distance.

10-18mm f4 OSS (zoom)

16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS (zoom)

18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (zoom)

16-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* E (zoom)

18-105mm f4 G oSS E PZ (zoom)

18-200 f3.5-6.3 (zoom)

18-200 f3.5-6.3 OSS (zoom)

18-200 f3.5-6.3 OSS PE (zoom)

55-210mm f4.5-6.3 OSS E (zoom)

(note images property of Carlin Felder and may be used with permission)

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