The 16-55mm (24-82.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length) APS-C standard zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture offers excellent G Lens image quality with outstanding all-around performance.
The bright kit is the first F2.8 Zoom lens and is the best quality general-purpose zoom to go with. This lens is ideal for both professionals and enthusiasts to capture landscapes, portraits, and everyday snapshots.
- Sony a6100 – Starts at $748 – at B&H/Adorama/Amazon
- Sony a6600 – Starts at $748 – at B&H/Adorama/Amazon
- Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens – $1,398 – at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon
- Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS Lens – at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon
Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G Lens features:
- E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 24-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Four Aspherical Elements
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
- XD Linear Motor AF System
- Dust and Moisture Resistant
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
In my tests so far (and I hope to do more) the optical quality is outstanding in terms of detail across the frame at all focal lengths and aperture values, and while there are also solid options on rival systems, the Sony managed to out-perform them at least to some degree. Impressively it’s also smaller and lighter than most 16-55mm f2.8 lenses without compromising on build quality, and this is important when mounting it on one of Sony’s equally compact A6000 bodies – I’m relieved it didn’t feel unbalanced in use. But it’s also the most expensive 16-55mm f2.8 lens to date, a little pricier than the Fujifilm version, and much more so than the Canon and Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 DSLR models, although these are considerably older designs.
So the Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 is priced high, doesn’t have optical stabilization and again I wish it focused closer, but there’s no arguing with its quality and portability. Certainly the price will have you contemplating if now is the time to switch to full-frame, but if you’re sticking with a Sony APSC body and are looking for the best quality general-purpose zoom to go with it, the E 16-55mm f2.8 is the one for you and comes Highly Recommended.
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