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SonyE-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens (Silver)
 
4.3

(based on 80 reviews)

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    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (63)
  • Compact (42)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Improves picture quality (24)
  • Well built / quality (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (48)
  • Shooting indoors (44)
  • Panoramic filming (27)
  • Travel (21)
  • 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 (64), 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 of 8 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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      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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        (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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        (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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          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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            (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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                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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                    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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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great for Landscapes and Cityscapes

                            By DaveSFMFA

                            from San Francisco

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Travel

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

                              Very sharp and fast lens. I've used it shooting street scenes, landscapes, construction scenes and nature shots. I really like the fact that the lens is so compact. Make for great panoramas when shooting in panorama mode!

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice WA for the NEX-7

                              By paulpegg

                              from Milltown, NJ

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • 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):

                                I bought this lens so I could take advantage of the WA Extender and the fisheye attachments. It is a bit wider than the 18-55mm lens that came with the camera and has the added advantage of f2.8 for good low light performance.

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