“Kit zooms” are the basic zoom lenses that any manufacturer will throw in with a camera body so you can use it immediately, ideally in a bunch of situation, so versatility is their main goal here, over optimum quality for any specific task. Let’s face it, this very “do-it-all” aspect usually means they do nothing in particular supremely well, and I’ve never been a big fan of them. I’ve tried several units of the 16-50PZ (for “Powerzoom”, it can be electronally controlled for smooth zooming in video mode) and never liked any of them. I find it optically worse than the already notso great 18-55. The aperture also gets dimmer sooner, which means you lose a little bit of blurring ability, not by a huge margin, though
Being miraculously free from work today (thanks for my great, friendly colleagues who handled my workload and encouraged me to take the day off as planned despite being swamped), I had a wonderful walk in the nearby fields with Google this morning. That is always the opportunity to take a recently acquired camera along, sort of a ritual if you like…
Yes, it’s this time of the year again. The light is getting scarce, skies are bleak. I found the images out of the 16-50 quite bland and flat, but they do respond rather nicely to a little editing, and once run through a decent amount of Snapseed, they’re almost decent enough to share
Google needs to be tethered at all times, or else she’s a goner. Maybe one day I’ll trust her enough to set her free, but so far that hasn’t been the case, and she’s also keen on viciously attacking runners and cyclists !
I still love NEX cameras, and I still think the lenses for them are lacking, both in variety, and quality of the existing ones. Only a very few are worthy of interest, and most of those are grossly overpriced, like the 16-70/4 Zeiss… The only SEL I truly love is the 35/1.8, which is worth every penny
So basically, Sony would still need to work on their E mount lens line up. Unfortunately, they have stopped doing that entirely, focusing on their FE range… and getting that all wrong as well, with stupidly big, slow and overpriced lenses that certainly are *not* an asset to their otherwise very attractive FF alpha cameras (A7, A7R, A7S)
So I still think the 16-50PZ is very, very average lens, hardly good enough to be useful at all, and I still prefer the 18-55 over it. That being said, the 16-50 form factor is incredibly convenient, it has that going for it.