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Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver)

You Pay: $248.00
Product Highlights
  • For Sony Alpha NEX Digital Cameras
  • Pancake Style Lens - 0.8"/22mm Long
  • Equivalent to 24mm in 35mm Format
  • Autofocus (AF) & Manual Focus (MF)
  • Fast f/2.8 Aperture
  • 83° Angle of View
  • Low Noise during Movie Capture
  • 49mm Filter Size
  • 9.4" (0.24m) Minimum Focusing Distance
  • Weighs Only 2.5 oz (70 g)

Get the chance to explore your creativity with the Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver). This lightweight and compact lens is stylishly designed to match the NEX camera series and is exceptionally portable (it will fit in your pocket). It features an internal stepping motor for smooth, accurate, and very quiet autofocusing for both photos and videos.

The SEL16F28 helps to deliver clear images in low lighting situations due to its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. This 16mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens provides an 83° angle of view and a minimum focusing distance of 9.4" (0.24m). This versatile lens provides coverage for a broad range of photo subjects including, but by no means limited to, landscapes, portraits, close-ups, and nature.

Performance
Focal Length 16mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 83°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4" (23.88 cm)
Magnification 0.073x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:14
Elements/Groups 5/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 0.89 x 2.44" (2.26 x 6.20 cm)
Weight 2.47 oz (70 g)
Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty (Parts & Labor)
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    SonyE-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver)
     
    4.3

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (64)
    • Compact (42)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Improves picture quality (24)
    • Well built / quality (20)

    Cons

    • Poor clarity (5)
    • No performance improvement (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (49)
    • Shooting indoors (45)
    • Panoramic filming (27)
    • Travel (22)
    • Close up filming (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (39), Aspiring film maker (9), Film professional (8), Parent (7), Technically challenged (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (65), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Useful

    OK, so the corners are soft, as some reviewers noted. Other than that, can anyone tell the difference from lenses costing multiples of this one? Maybe at the pixel level. My first...Read complete review

    OK, so the corners are soft, as some reviewers noted. Other than that, can anyone tell the difference from lenses costing multiples of this one? Maybe at the pixel level. My first choice was Sigma 10-20/ 3.5 in Alpha mount and Alpha/ E mount adapter. When I saw how that lens dwarfs the NEX body, I decided to give a chance to this fixed focal length pancake. If it did not meet my IQ expectations, I would have returned it. After dozens of test shots reviewed on 46" TV screen I just cannot justify giving it up for anything larger and more expensive. My NEX 6 kit came with the amazing 16-50 lens and I wanted something wider without going fisheye. 0.75x converter custom made for this lens takes care of that. I keep that converter permanently on. With all image corrections by the NEX body engaged, the pictures show hardly any linear distortion, no visible CA. Comparison with Sony 10-18 lens shows that the later is sharper, but the difference can be appreciated only at or near 100% magnification. Viewing the full 16:9 pictures of the same scene on 46" screen does not help recognize which picture was taken with which lens, other than softer corners. Also, at 10mm the zoom lens shows noticeably more perspective distortion (stretching) at the vertical edges than 16mm with 0.75x converter. Sony zoom is smaller and less than half weight than my original first choice Sigma 10-20. To my taste, the 16mm silver combo looks better on the black NEX body than the black 10-18 zoom. Phase detection autofocus does not work with either lens. Zoom has the optical stabilization, 16mm lens does not. That may partially account for the sharpness difference between the two in the handheld test pictures taken indoors.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing for a prime

    I use NEX3 with 16/2.8 to supplement my primary Olympus E-3 with Zuiko 12-60. Mostly urban and landscape photos, documentary rather than pretty postcards. At least half of them made...Read complete review

    I use NEX3 with 16/2.8 to supplement my primary Olympus E-3 with Zuiko 12-60. Mostly urban and landscape photos, documentary rather than pretty postcards. At least half of them made at the widest available angle. So far all my Sony experience, around 200 shots, was in broad daylight @ ISO 200.

    Both Sony 16/2.8 and Zuiko at 12 mm are equivalent to 24 mm, but owing to 3/2 frame format and different distortion pattern, real-world photos from Sony are noticeably wider. Slight pincushion distortion of the Sony usually needs no correction. Focusing with NEX-3 is almost always good (unlike the inconsistent Olympus). No signs of flare at all (but then I never experienced it with the Zuiko either). End of good news.

    Bad news: image quality beats pocket superzooms, but it's not a match for a midrange SLR zoom like Zuiko 12-60 or a cheaper Canon 10-22. If you read independent reviews you probably know that the Sony is quite soft, with sweet spot at F/8 and above. It's true, although the stop-down gain between F/4 (imo the widest practical aperture) and F/8 is marginal.

    Worse, contrast rendition is unpleasant and it's quite inconsistent across the frame - some shots show a noticeable difference in contrast from center to edges. Overall, out-of-camera jpegs look mushed, untidy, like a pocket camera - there's fine detail but photos just looks dull, even with a polarizer on a sunny day.

    My sample also is decentered - left third of the frame is consistently worse than the right one. At F/10 decentering reduces to acceptable levels. Other samples tested at the dealers' also had some centering problems and one refused focusing out-of-the-box (and it was May-June 2011, one year after introduction).

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    4.0

    Small and Compact

    By TonyK

    from Santa Monica

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

      Great little pancake. Fast and wide.

      Sharpness is excellent in the center and good on the edges.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Sony

      By Sabadini

      from Rio de janeiro

      Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

      It is an amazing Len!!!

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      (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      simple optics laws...

      By sbuck

      from nj

      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

          If the amount of glass on the lens rivals what you find on a cellphone camera then the resulting pictures are going to look like what you can get on a cellphone. Simple as that. This is definitely going to kill your APS-C capabilities. If all you can carry around is this on your a6000 then you are probably much better off with an RX100III.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Pancake

          By itsKalan

          from Dallas, Tx.

          About Me Tech Savvy, Working photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

            I bought this for my A7 to use as a walk around/travel lens. It's a compact and has a nice quality to it.

            Only thing that would make this lens better is if it were black and matched the finish of the A7.

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            • No

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Awful

            By sstevens3

            from Michigan

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Blurry
            • Distortion
            • Poor image quality

            Best Uses

            • Paperweight

            Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

            Between f/5.6 and f/11 the center was decent, but the edges are horrible. Wide-open or closed down, it's horrible all over. Blurry, distorted, just all-around awful.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            it works

            By jpg

            from saratoga

            Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

            Works well. Good price.

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            4.0

            Good Wide Angle Lens

            By PJA

            from Outside of Phila. PA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

              Got this lens for my A6000 to film fireworks shows. It does the job nicely - video is clear and with minimum noise.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice lightweight prime

              By GR

              from Springhill, LA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                This is great if you're looking for the lightest weight option. Photos are just like others have said, best if you stop the lens down to f8 or so. Although using it wide open for most people is fine. I use this lens mainly with the wide converter, which adds size and weight. But this was a much cheaper option than the 10-18 sony or 12 zeiss. It's good enough for me, and I typically blow the photos up pretty large, 20x30 or 36x48. Quality is plenty good for that.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wide angle lens

                By David

                from Munith Michigan

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                  This lens is a good fit when shooting videos with my DJI S-800 Multirotor

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  good lens

                  By nikolas

                  from Cliffside Park NJ

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                    considering price and quality of this lens it is very good product distortions well controlled quite fast easy to use light very good if some one on the market for sony NEX with aps c sensor this is very good lens to begin, please avoid sony's 16-50 f 3.5-5.6 that one is not up to NEX brand

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    sharp lens

                    By bj

                    from scottsdale, az

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                      as compared to the 16mm part of the 16-50mm kit lens its definitely sharper and it's a good base to attach the sony vcl-ecu1 ultra wide lens giving a 12mm wide angle.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      So compact and gives good results.

                      By MSUrocks

                      from East Lansing, MI

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                        It's so light that you just must have it. I love taking photos wherever I go and hate carrying heavy things with me. I have a NEX3F which is really light already, but with this lenses, it's even lighter. Amazing!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        My son loves it

                        By Son's photo investor

                        from California

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                        I bought this item for my son and he loves this because he could use the fisheye with this for his video projects. I fully recommend this product!

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Len

                        By Marcos Coelho

                        from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

                        Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                        I'm loving it!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        good lens for new camera

                        By nature shot

                        from south-central pa

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                          this is a bright view wide angle lens which is great for landscapes . only thing a bit negative is the mount is a little "stiff" -- have to really twist is to make it click on. otherwise recommend as excellend wide angle for this camera.

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                          5.0

                          nex 16mm lens

                          By D

                          from Roslyn WA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                          I use this on my NEX-7. It's small and wide just as I wished it would be.

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                          4.0

                          handy enough

                          By chingy

                          from istanbul/turkey

                          About Me Newbie In Photography

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                          • No Performance Improvement

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors

                          Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                          very good for indoors wide angle shooting. i've chosen it to be able to use the fish eye converter. worked very well together.

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Little lens

                          By RogerG

                          from NJ

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                            I have the 18-55 kit lens, and it is really quite good. Bought this one for travel to switch on my NEX-7 in the evenings. Great for dim street scenes and photographing meals in dim restaurants. Slightly wider than the kit lens and a bit faster at the widest zoom on the kit lens. ALos bought the wide angle accessory lens and this creates a really nice ultra wide, but not distorted fisheye field of view. Very pleased!

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                            5.0

                            Great for Sony FS100

                            By Chris

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                              Nice contrast, super sharp (for the price) looks amazing on a sony FS100. Great lens for steadicam work on that camera.

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                              5.0

                              e-mount sel16f28 16mm

                              By tony g

                              from san antonio, tx

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                                this is a great lens for the nex ea50. It does what it says and does a very good job. Easy to use and store, and very good in low light.

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