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Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens - SELP1650

Abt Model: SELP1650 | UPC Code: 027242858152
Regular Price $349.00
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Compact And Lightweight Design/ 40.5mm Filter Size/ 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)/ POWER ZOOM For Smooth Zooming/ ED Glass And Aspherical Lens Elements/ Built-in Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization/ Black Finish
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Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens, Model SELP1650

Measuring just 1-3/16" (30.2mm) when fully retracted, this SELP-1650 retractable zoom lens is super compact and easy to carry so you can quickly whip out your camera and spontaneously grab shots as they occur. It's perfect for traveling and other scenarios that require a lightweight, compact camera and lens combo. It covers a 16mm to 50mm range (35mm equivalent = 24-75mm) for flexible shooting, and is equipped with one ED (extra-low dispersion) and four aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact.

Features:

  • Compact and lightweight design
    Despite a 3x magnification ratio covering 16 mm to 50 mm (24-75mm 35mm eq.), the SELP-1650 is thin and lightweight thanks to a retracting mechanism that reduces the lens to just 1-3/16" (30.2 mm). It truly enhances the portability of E-mount cameras, giving users the means to capture spontaneous moments when on trips with a light and compact camera/lens combination.
  • POWER ZOOM for smooth zooming
    The SELP-1650 is the first a lens with an electrically driven zoom mechanism. As soon as the camera is powered on, the lens extends and is instantly ready for shooting. A dual-function control ring is used for both zooming and manual focus.
  • ED glass and Aspherical lens elements
    The SELP-1650 is equipped with one ED and four Aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact. The elements correct for curvature of field on the wide-angle side and spherical and chromatic aberration on the telephoto side for beautiful, accurate, high-contrast reproduction across the entire image.
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
    The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video. .

Specifications:

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type: E-mount 16-50mm F3.5-5.6
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5-5.6
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22-36
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24mm-75mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 8 groups, 9 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8" (0.25m)
  • Angle of View: 83o - 32o
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: (4 aspheric surfaces)
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Exterior Finish: Black
  • Internal Motor: Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.215x
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active: Lens-based Image Stabilization (OSS)

Advanced Features

  • Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot

In the Box:

  • Lens cap
  • Lens rear cap

Approixmate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2-5/8"
  • Length: 1-3/16"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 4.01 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): Limited
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CompatibilitySony
TypeZoom
Filter Size40.5mm
  

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Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unfair reputation?

This was one of two lenses I got when I initially purchased my a6000. I'm pretty nocturnal and, to be honest, I pretty rapidly got sick of and replaced it, even though I...Read complete review

This was one of two lenses I got when I initially purchased my a6000. I'm pretty nocturnal and, to be honest, I pretty rapidly got sick of and replaced it, even though I kept it. The slow aperture just left a lot to be desired and I didn't really find its low light performance to be overly exceptional. I was pretty disappointed. Barring the release of a cost-effective a6000s, many of us will be choosing such cameras for our all-purpose carry around, and that means struggling with light a bit. Slow apertures leave a bit to be desired. I've been playing with it again a good deal recently. I still harbor a pretty similar opinion of its low light performance. Though, as long as you don't mind not achieving a proper exposure (which, at night, is sometimes more accurate than what the light meter thinks is "properly exposed", anyway, but that is really beside the point - you can't increase the exposure quite as readily without relying on slow shutter speeds and high ISOs, the point being)... so it is definitely far from ideal as an action shooter at night. Long shutter speed stills on a tripod? Not as bad. You can get some great images out of it, in terms of that. Lately, where I've found it really excels after giving it another chance, is (duh, obviously) in good light at apertures between f/5.6-11. Ideally I've been trying for shots at f/8 or f/11. Under these conditions, I'm glad I reintroduced myself to this lens. I'm actually really impressed with the center detail and clarity I get out of it for what it is. Though, that said, I'm not mercilessly pixel peeping all the corners at 300% crop when I use it. If you're taking the kids out to the beach on a sunny day and need a portable lens? It is pretty good, and casual shooters looking for a portable lens shouldn't have a problem with it. Out with the friends at night in a poorly lit bar? Not so much. Throw up a solid color paper backdrop, get some good lights, stay between f/5.6 and f/11 and you could probably even do portraits and full body shots for a client were you to wish it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

"Good" lens for everyday shooter

I bought a NEX-6 that came with this lens. I LOVE the NEX-6, but only like this lens. I never use it unless I want a camera and have no room...Read complete review

I bought a NEX-6 that came with this lens. I LOVE the NEX-6, but only like this lens. I never use it unless I want a camera and have no room for a camera bag. It is convenient at best... and frustrating at worst. Distortion correction is ALWAYS ON with this lens... that alone should tell you something. I like it for photography and hate it for video. I get strange lookin pincushion distortion that ruins my panning shots when in video mode. It operates reasonably distortion-free once you zoom to 22mm or further. Having the wide end of this lens to use is nice when you can't take a step back, but anything beyond 22mm should be ok if you have any straight lines to keep straight. Like most E-Mount lenses, you are paying for compactness and convenience, if you want high-quality optics for your NEX, get the LA-EA1 for photo or the LA-EA2 for video.

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5.0

Pretty darn good wide angle

By 

from North Aurora, IL 60542, USA

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

I don't see what all the fuss is about. I had reasonable expectations with this "kit" lens, but actually was blown away with its performance! I work at a camera store and see all sorts of optics and this one is well worth it. I was initially planning on the 10-18 lens as an additional wide but really found this to be quite sufficient and sharp. I shot a wedding (video) with this mounted on the Sony A 6000 and was very impressed with its quality and clarity. Do not hesitate to get one for yourself.

 
1.0

Terrible lens

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

Terrible distortion below 20mm. No straight line will look straight with this lens at those wide angles. The distortion is so bad that you have no chance of correcting it in post processing. Also don't shoot in any direction where there's alot of light, because the lens will flare any light into a haze. It doesn't have to be light coming towards the lens. It can be a bright object and you're image will be pretty much ruined. I'm using it on a Nex-3N, and it could be the camera, but I have a zoom telephoto lens also and I don't see the flaring issue with that lens.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By 

from New York, NY 10014, USA

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

Certainly not a professional, but I do like to take good photographs. I gave up a nice Nikon more than a decade ago to dabble in digital photography - a simple Sony at the time. Four more simple yet great Sony's later, I'm finally back with an a6000. Love the camera and still learning about it - but I'm very impressed with this lens. Beautiful color, perfect focusing, no barreling as far as I can see. Very much recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Unfair reputation?

By 

from TN

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

This was one of two lenses I got when I initially purchased my a6000. I'm pretty nocturnal and, to be honest, I pretty rapidly got sick of and replaced it, even though I kept it. The slow aperture just left a lot to be desired and I didn't really find its low light performance to be overly exceptional. I was pretty disappointed. Barring the release of a cost-effective a6000s, many of us will be choosing such cameras for our all-purpose carry around, and that means struggling with light a bit. Slow apertures leave a bit to be desired. I've been playing with it again a good deal recently. I still harbor a pretty similar opinion of its low light performance. Though, as long as you don't mind not achieving a proper exposure (which, at night, is sometimes more accurate than what the light meter thinks is "properly exposed", anyway, but that is really beside the point - you can't increase the exposure quite as readily without relying on slow shutter speeds and high ISOs, the point being)... so it is definitely far from ideal as an action shooter at night. Long shutter speed stills on a tripod? Not as bad. You can get some great images out of it, in terms of that. Lately, where I've found it really excels after giving it another chance, is (duh, obviously) in good light at apertures between f/5.6-11. Ideally I've been trying for shots at f/8 or f/11. Under these conditions, I'm glad I reintroduced myself to this lens. I'm actually really impressed with the center detail and clarity I get out of it for what it is. Though, that said, I'm not mercilessly pixel peeping all the corners at 300% crop when I use it. If you're taking the kids out to the beach on a sunny day and need a portable lens? It is pretty good, and casual shooters looking for a portable lens shouldn't have a problem with it. Out with the friends at night in a poorly lit bar? Not so much. Throw up a solid color paper backdrop, get some good lights, stay between f/5.6 and f/11 and you could probably even do portraits and full body shots for a client were you to wish it.

 
2.0

Not Bad, Not Good

By 

from Phoenix, AZ, USA

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

Overall, I like this lens. Images are sharp. The lens is compact. A good starter lens in a kit. And the price was right when I bought it Dec 2014. But there is way too much barreling at the widest angle and some vignetting on the corners. I will replace this lens fairly soon.

 
3.0

Good enough for a stocklens, but don't count on it

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

I have this Lens as a secondary. I never really use it. It's for a very good reason: This lens is not very good. It came in the package with my QX1. But that could only mean one thing: it's cheap. And as a matter of fact, it is. Unless this lens came with your camera, don't buy it (unless you're on a budget).

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not good

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

I bought the A6000 kit with this lens, and ended up returning it because the image quality was pretty bad. It has the worst distortion of any lens I've ever seen by a lot. Pretty much always soft images. This lens is not up to the standard Sony portrays. Upon realizing the camera was great and the lens was bad I purchased the A6000 body and the zeiss 1670Z. Now I'm happy!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OK purchase, does what I need it to do

By 

from Stockton CA

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

The lens is an OK lens, would prefer a manual zoom though. The lens came with the camera, a Sony a6000. This is an amazing camera. I have a full complement of professional Canon Cameras as I am a sport shooter. This camera and the 16-50 lens will be my choice for shooting Basketball this season and for Track and Field. For my general overall shooting the a6000 and 16-50 is the go to choice and I am never without if I am out and about.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK kit lens

By 

from Illinois

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

This lens came with my A6000 mirroless, my first experience with such a camera. Normally I lug around my Nikon D7000 with an 18-300 mm zoom. Took this camera and lens on a vacation to northern Italy. Still learning the camera, so results could be my inexperience. Overall an OK lens. Pretty sharp overall. Would prefer a bit faster. However, the bokah is pretty nice. But I do HATE, HATE, HATE the power zoom. I hated it on point-and-shoots, and I hate it on this lens. Can't find the lever easily, and cannot fine-tune with the precision of a manual zoom.

 
4.0

Amateur says it works like a charm

By 

from Toronto

Comments about Sony 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Camera Lens:

This lens came bundled with my nex3 model camera. I have only ever had point-and-shoots prior to this. Since I enjoy taking close-ups, I thought I'd immediately have to splurge on a macro lens to be happy, but this is proving to be a useful lens. Fiddling with the settings, I have managed to take great photos outside and decent ones inside. I do find that when I'm trying to caputre things at a distance, I have to switch to telephoto lens, but almost always switch back to this one. Maybe my limited experience makes me a dumb novice, but I think it's great for the price as an all-purpose lens.

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