OK, I know this is an unfair fight. But I was bored, and had no work to do, so I went out and shot a comparison between the SELP1650 kit zoom and the SEL24F18Z prime. I set up the NEX-6 using a 2-sec. timer on a tripod, ISO 100, Daylight WB, raw files, processed in Lightroom 4 with the built-in lens profiles. I zoomed the SELP1650 to 24mm (which made the aperture f/4.5 wide open), and limited the test to f/4.5, f/5.6, and f/8 because, well, even I only have so much time to waste. This is the scene: And here are the center, bottom left, and mid-right crops: Except for the extreme corners, I think that the SELP1650 didn't do too badly.