Sony Alpha SEL-P1650 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

Retractable zoom lens for Sony NEX-series cameras and camcorders

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The Sony Alpha SEL-P1650 lens, shown fully extended on an NEX camera body for scale

The Sony Alpha SEL-P1650 lens, shown fully extended on an NEX camera body for scale (camera not included)

Big sensor, small lens

Your NEX-Series camera is a marvel of innovation, giving you unprecedented portability in combination with the spectacular images of a large APS-C-sized sensor. That sensor size is usually only found in more expensive and bulky DSLRs. Up to now, lenses for NEX cameras have been a tad big as well, in order to serve up an image large enough to cover that sensor's surface.

The Sony Alpha SEL-P1650 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 retractable lens changes the equation, giving you the flexibility you might expect from a traditional kit zoom lens — in a form that extends barely 3/16" out from the camera's front surface when fully retracted. It's lightweight as well, weighing in at a scant 4.1 ounces.

Of course, the fine optical performance you've come to expect from Sony is still in evidence. Images stay distortion and artifact-free across their zoom range. At the wide-angle end of that range, you can fit the whole poker night crowd, posing in the den, into one perfectly framed group photo; at the telephoto end, you'll have the magnification for nice candid portraits.

Product Highlights:

  • 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (Optical SteadyShot) zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony NEX-series hybrid digital cameras
  • thin, lightweight lens retracts to just 3/16" long, making NEX-Series cameras even more portable
  • effective focal length of 24-75mm
  • ideal for portraits and everyday shooting
  • optical SteadyShot image stabilization counteracts the effects of camera shake for more blur-free pictures
  • minimum focus distance: 9-13/16 in.
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (W) - f/36 (T)
  • lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 40.5mm
  • lens is 2-5/8" in diameter, 1-7/16" long
  • weight: 4.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • petal lens hood

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What's in the box?

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  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS standard zoom lens (SELP1650)
  • 40.5mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 16-50mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 4.1 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Optics: The Sony SELP1650 (E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS) retractable zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-75mm, and is recommended for a wide variety of photos, from snapshots to portraits.

Power Zoom: The SELP1650 is the first α- (alpha) series lens with an electrically-driven zoom mechanism. When the camera is powered on, the lens extends approximately 7/8", and becomes instantly ready for shooting. The lens retracts approximately 5 seconds after the camera is powered off. You can zoom in and out by sliding the zoom lever up or down. You can also control the power zoom by turning the zoom/focus ring when the camera is in Auto Focus mode.

Note: The zoom/focus ring adjusts the focus when the camera is in Manual Focus mode.

Optical SteadyShot (OSS): Equipped with Optical SteadyShot (OSS), the lens compensates for blur caused by camera shake for normal handheld photography. OSS also reduces the reliance on high ISO settings when shooting in dark environments, which greatly enhances the effectiveness of the Hand-held Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur shooting modes. Optical SteadyShot gives you a 4-stop shutter speed advantage when activated.

Focusing: The lens can be used with the NEX-series cameras in the auto-focus, Direct Manual Focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.568", Length=1.405" (1.828"w/caps)


Lens E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
35mm Equivalent 24-75mm
Mount Sony E-mount
Angle of View 83-32°
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups
(1 ED and 4 aspheric elements)
7-blade Circular aperture
Minimum Focus 9.84" (W) 12" (T)
Filter Diameter 40.5mm
Aperture F3.5-5.6 maximum
F22-36 minimum
Weight 4.1 ounces

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