The new Sony 16-50mm is as good as the Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm (Pictured above). But the Sony is cheaper!
My sources are keeping me busy with many rumors. And finally I have some reliable info about the upcoming new High Grade Zoom Lens made especially for the new A77 which is coming in late August. I have been told the new 16-50mm lens has a constant f/2.8 aperture, SSM and will cost $799 only! I say “only” because the Nikon and Canon counterparts are much more expensive. Check for yourself:
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS costs around around $300 more at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 $ is twice more expensive! Check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Good news or not? I hope it will be even cheaper if you purchase it as kit lens along the A77. The A77 body only should cost arounf $1000. Make the kit $1600 and it will become a hotseller!
Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!