Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens


  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • 24-75mm Focal Range (35mm Equivalency)
  • E-mount Lens for Sony NEX Cameras
  • Compact Design Retracts to 30mm
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 9.8″ (0.25m) Minimum Focus Distance
  • Four Aspherical Lens Surfaces
  • Internal Stepping Motor
  • Circular Aperture

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The 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Alpha E-mount Retractable Zoom Lens from Sony is a retractable zoom lens with a focal length range of 24-75mm in the 35mm format equivalency. It covers shooting lengths from true wide angle to standard portrait length and is a great day-to-day type lens, especially since its unique retractability keeps it very compact. When powered on, the lens expands, but in its off position the lens is only 1.2″ (30mm) which will fit in your pocket. When expanded, it has a surprisingly large zoom range and access to its dual-function control ring for manual focus and zooming. Its Power Zoom capability in AF mode and Internal Stepping Motor provide, fast, smooth and quiet autofocus which is helpful when shooting video with this lens.
The lens is a Sony E-mount lens that is compatible not only with the NEX cameras but also with the NEX Handycam Camcorders. The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system reduces the effect of camera shake which is particularly problematic when tracking moving subjects in video or shooting photos in low-light. The OSS provides approximately 4-stops of shutter speed correction to help create blur-free images no matter the shooting conditions. Four Aspherical elements and one ED element correct for curved perspective at wide-angle lengths and chromatic aberration at telephoto lengths to provide sharp, high contrast imaging across the entire frame.  

Retractable Design
Image Stabilization
Power Zoom
Package Weight 0.45 lbs
Package Dimensions 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.4 in
Filter Thread

Front:40.5 mm

Tripod Collar


Lens Type




Dimensions (DxL)

Approx. 2.55 x 1.18″ (64.7 x 29.9 mm)


Maximum: f/3.5 – 5.6 Minimum: f/22 – 36



Camera Mount Type

Sony (E Mount for NEX)

Package Weight

0.45 lb

Focal Length

16 – 50mm Comparable Focal Length: 24 – 75 mm

Angle of View

83° – 32°

Image Stabilization



4.09 oz (116 g)

Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

4.0 x 3.5 x 3.4″

Diaphragm Blades


Minimum Focus Distance

9.8″ (24.89 cm)



Format Compatibility

DSLR (APS-C Sensor)

Lens Diameter



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