Sony Alpha 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

16-50mm f/2.8 zoom lens for Sony Alpha digital SLRs

  • Sony Alpha 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens


Item #: 158SAL1650

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Your new favorite lens

Why will this lens leave a space in your camera bag? Because, with its versatility, you'll be happy to have it on the front of your camera most of the time. It's got a wide aperture and a generous wide-angle field of view, plus it zooms to a useful medium-telephoto length that will give you flexibility with isolating focus in all your close-ups. Backgrounds will blur nicely, allowing your subjects to command the frame. At full wide-angle, you'll be able get that shot of the mountain peak you conquered on your vacation this year — with the whole crew waving in the foreground.

This Sony lens features sealed dust- and moisture-resistant construction, so it's ready for a bit of rough-and-tumble. That's a fine thing, given how much you'll want to use it. Of course, it has responsive and near-silent autofocus, so video shooting will be a breeze. And, like most of its cousins, this lens features extra-low dispersion glass and aspheric elements for sharp, clear color fidelity from edge to edge through the entire zoom range.

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  • 16-50mm f/2.8 DT lens
  • effective focal length: 24-75mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 1"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • maximum magnification: 0.2x
  • lens construction: 13 groups, 16 elements
  • aspherical elements and extra-low dispersion glass for excellent sharpness with minimal chromatic aberration and color bleeding
  • filter/attachment size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-1/4" in diameter, 3-1/2" long
  • weight: 20.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • lens hood

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 16-50mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 20.375 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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  • SAL1650 DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM zoom lens
  • 72mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH117 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty Sheet

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Optics: The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM lens (SAL1650) is compatible with Sony α-series (Alpha) DSLR cameras. The DT lens is a compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony α-series cameras. The lens employs a Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM), a high-torque, high response motor, to provide quick, quiet, and more precise auto-focusing. The lens includes the ALC-SH117 lens hood to reduce flare.

Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The 16-50mm lens features a 3.1x optical zoom. The lens has a zoom lock switch to prevent the lens barrel from extending due to the weight of the lens while it is carried.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the 2-way switch on the lens barrel. Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to rotate the focusing ring to set the proper focus, even when the camera is in Automatic Auto Focus (AF-A) or Single shot Auto Focus (AF-S).

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=3.177", Length=3.764" to 4.831" (without lens caps).


  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-75mm
  • Angle of View: 83° to 32°
  • Minimum Focus: 1.0'
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Weight: 20.375 ounces
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5 out of 5

Great lens

Written By MAP, Chicago on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Incredible lens! I couldn't be happier. I use it on an Alpha and on my NEX7. Great shallow depth of field. I would recommend this lens
Fast and sharp
Maybe a slight bit heavy but quality build means a little more weight
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5 out of 5

Just what I was hoping for

Written By abe120205, Ballston Spa, NY on Sunday, May 13, 2012
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This lens has not only met, but exceeded my expectations. I haven't had the opportunity to do landscape photography, but portrait has been exceptional. This lens is sharp and color is vibrant.
image clarity, functionality, and build quality is great.
a little heavy (but you'll get use to it quick!)
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