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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens

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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
Positioned as the workhorse lens for APS-C, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is a flexible wide-angle to portrait-length zoom featuring a bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. Covering a versatile range, this sleek lens is well-positioned for a wide variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraiture, and its portable size makes it a go-to lens for everyday shooting.
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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Compact and Fast Zoom for APS-C
  • 3G Lens Series
  • 4Autofocus and Handling
  • 5Compact and Durable Design

Compact and Fast Zoom for APS-C

Positioned as the workhorse lens for APS-C, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is a flexible wide-angle to portrait-length zoom featuring a bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. Covering a versatile range, this sleek lens is well-positioned for a wide variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraiture, and its portable size makes it a go-to lens for everyday shooting.

G Lens Series

  • Four aspherical elements, including two AA (Advanced Aspherical) elements, help to greatly reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to accurately render scenes with a high degree of sharpness.
  • Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
  • A Nano AR Coating has been applied to minimize surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
  • Wide-to-portrait-length 16-55mm zoom is designed for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 24-82.5mm equivalent focal length range.
  • Bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture enables greater control over depth of field and also suits working in difficult lighting conditions.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Autofocus and Handling

  • XD Linear Motor system provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that suits both photo and video applications.
  • Linear Response manual focus control offers more natural handling and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
  • Customizable focus hold buttons are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.

Compact and Durable Design

  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.
  • Portable design measures 4" long and weighs just over 1 lb, making it an ideal companion for the smaller size of APS-C camera bodies.

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Specs

Focal Length16 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 82.5mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View83° to 29°
Minimum Focus Distance1.08' / 33 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Optical Design17 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.87 x 3.94" / 73 x 100 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.3" / 133.8 mm
Weight1.09 lb / 494 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.69 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.8 x 4.5 x 4.3"

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Reviews

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Is there a doubler for the E 15-55mm lens ...

Is there a doubler for the E 15-55mm lens consistent with the optical quality of that lens? Such a doubler would seem to provide a decent telephoto at a lower cost, making such a package attractive.
Asked by: Ken
Hi Ken, as of this time there are no teleconverter that works with the E 16-55 f2.8 G lens.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-09-16

Does the lens extend when zooming out from 16mm ...

Does the lens extend when zooming out from 16mm to 55mm?
Asked by: Kelvin
Yes it does. This lens will extend and retract as it zooms in and out.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-05-18

Is the minimum focus distance 1.08' / 33 cm the ...

Is the minimum focus distance 1.08' / 33 cm the same for 16mm and 55mm? Thanks.
Asked by: Nam
Hi Nam, the MFD is only measured at the widest focal length of 16mm.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2020-05-12

Low light?

Low light?
Asked by: Randy
Amazing on low light, i am selling mine.
Answered by: Emanuel
Date published: 2021-12-28

A large portion of Sony APSC lenses are not ...

A large portion of Sony APSC lenses are not Equipped with IBIS. Why make this lense without OSS?
Asked by: Bruce
Great question! Sony already makes a few OSS lenses that are or are close to 24-70mm. The difference is that they're full frame lenses. Those will work with your camera, so if OSS is a requirement for you then you can purchase one of those (B&H# SO24704, B&H# SO241054G, and B&H# SO28703556). Having said that, a concern some people have is that since the aforementioned options are full frame lenses they're larger than they need to be for APS-C cameras -- and also heavier. This fast APS-C lens is designed to be both relatively small and especially well balanced on any Sony APS-C camera. While we can't speak for Sony, I think it's fair to say that at this higher level of lens quality, however, and the associated higher price, it could be that Sony expects it to be used on a flagship APS-C camera. Until 2019, that was the a6500. At the time of this lens' release (late 2019), it's the a6600. Both of those cameras already feature in-body image stabilization and thus would not benefit from adding OSS to this lens. Moreover, doing so would increase the size, weight, and cost of the lens. That's why it makes sense for Sony not to add OSS. Having said all of that, when shooting photos at these focal distances and at f/2.8 with any Sony APS-C camera you are likely to be able to use a fast enough shutter speed that you won't need OSS anyway. Finally, for greatest stability, be sure to look through the viewfinder as you shoot so that there are three points of contact between you and the camera. Doing so maximizes stability.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-09-05

What does SONY mean by saying the focus ring has ...

What does SONY mean by saying the focus ring has "linear focusing"? I can't figure that one out.
Asked by: Lane
That means that the amount you turn the focus ring will be directly proportional to the degree of the focus pull. When that's not the case, turning the focus ring very slowly for, say, 20 degrees of twist can cause less of a change in focus than doing so quickly. When the focusing is linear it's possible to rely on markers that you might set when using a device called a follow focus. (That's a tool for making it more ergonomic to focus the lens and is especially popular among video shooters.)
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2022-03-28

Is there focus breathing?

Is there focus breathing?
Asked by: Nam
Hello Nam, yes there is a slight focus breathing.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2021-05-11

If it has an E mount, why is this lens not full ...

If it has an E mount, why is this lens not full format compatible?
Asked by: David
This lens will fit on Sony Full Frame E-Mount cameras like the A7iii but the photos it takes will have heavy vignetting in full frame mode. It will work on a Sony full frame body in crop mode but it may still have vignetting so it's not recommended for full frame.
Answered by: minh
Date published: 2022-03-28
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