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Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS SELP1650

Review Date: Dec 18, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Size, focal range, price
Image quality

Basically an oversized lens cap that can be had for a small fee either in kit with a camera or even cheaper on the used market.
IQ is lacking especially at 16mm with mushy corners that don't improve stopped down. Alas - other kit lenses often don't have a 16mm...
IQ improves considerably after 18mm and reaches okish to good levels. Powerzoom is annoying, build plasticky, OSS is a nice bonus.
Everybody should have one, just because it's tiny and cheap and seemingly transforms an APS-C camera into a miniscule point-and-shoot.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Mar 19, 2019 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $60.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Compact and lightweight, useful focal range, relatively fast
Corner sharpness

Shooting mostly primes I still wanted a standard zoom to my Sony A7. I'm a sucker for wide angles (I vastly prefer 24mm to 28mm on standard zooms) and the Sony 24-70 is far to expensive so I went for the Canon (I own a Metabones IV Adapter). I got it used for 50 which is quite acceptable.

Build quality is superior to the usual kit lenses, it's compact and lightweight. The center is sharp from wide open, the corners need more stopping down but they never reach excellent levels. Still, very good in the price range (and let's not forget: It's no prime). There's acceptable amount of vignetting, some distortion (especially on the wide end). Flare is controlled enough (still needs a lens hood though). 85mm with f4.5 is fast enough for the occasional portrait (again: good center sharpness wide open). In very good light even eye-AF can be usable.

Focus is also snappy enough in good light on my A7. I really like that DMF with automatic focus magnification works with this combo. Focus ring is a little stiff and small but still very usable.

I see myself reaching quite often for the little Canon that could, neglecting my 35mm 2.8 Samyang and my 50mm 1.8 Sony...