Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens with Lens Care Kit

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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens with Lens Care Kit
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
Complementing the lens itself, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens with Lens Care Kit from B&H bundles the fast standard zoom with a lens cleaning kit.
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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens
  • 3ZEISS Lens Cleaning Kit
  • 4Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter

Complementing the lens itself, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens with Lens Care Kit from B&H bundles the fast standard zoom with a lens cleaning kit.

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens

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. This fast design suits working in a variety of lighting conditions throughout the zoom range and also affords greater control over depth of field. Further distinguishing itself, this lens sports four aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements in order to control spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness and clarity. A Nano AR Coating has also been applied to further reduce surface reflections and flare for improved contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. Benefitting the optics, this lens also sports an XD Linear Motor system that is quick and quiet, and also lends more responsive control for manual focus operation. The lens also has a dust- and moisture-sealed design, along with a fluorine coating, to support shooting in inclement 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.
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.
An XD Linear Motor system provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control. 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.
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.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242916081

ZEISS Lens Cleaning Kit

This Lens Cleaning Kit from ZEISS is a complete solution for cleaning valuable optics such as camera lenses, eyeglasses, telescopes, or spotting scopes.

Both wet and dry cleaning tools are provided. For blowing dust off an optical surface, the air blaster can be used, while the retractable lipstick-style cleaning brush can dislodge more stubborn dirt or dust particles.

When a thorough wet cleaning is required, a 1 oz bottle of cleaning fluid or ten, individually-wrapped pre-moistened lens wipes are available. Designed for single use, these wipes come in individual, disposable packets. They can be stored in a camera bag, glove compartment, studio, or lens case for whenever they may be needed.

The non-abrasive, 7.1 x 7.1" microfiber cloth can be used after applying fluid or one of the pre-moistened wipes in order to complete the cleaning process and ensure that no streaks or spots remain. It can also be used on its own to effectively remove smudges.

A fabric travel case is also included to hold the contents of the entire kit.

UPC: 740035013568

Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter

The Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. Resistance coating improves the scratch resistance of the glass, and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. A hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it’s thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.


98% Light Transmission

Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.

Resistance Coating

The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allows you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.

Polished Optical Glass

Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.


Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.

UV Protection

The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.

Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction

The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.

Slim Design

Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.

Top Knurling

Top knurling offers a firm grip on the filter when you're attaching or removing it.

Secure Attachment

It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.

Front Threads

The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593695

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens Specs

Focal Length16 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 82.5mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Format CompatibilityAPS-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 StabilizationNone
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.87 x 3.94" / 73 x 100 mm
Weight1.09 lb / 494 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.69 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.8 x 4.5 x 4.3"

ZEISS Lens Cleaning Kit Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.1 x 4.55 x 2.6"

Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size67 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet67 mm
CoatingsMulti-Coating, Resistance Coating
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.7 x 3.7 x 0.8"
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I have the a6600 with the 16-70 Zeiss. Expensive ...

I have the a6600 with the 16-70 Zeiss. Expensive upgrade, is it worth it for an recreational everyday carry lens?
Asked by: Larry
While both the E 16-55mm and the E 16-70mm Zeiss are excellent lenses, the E 16-55mm is worth the upgrade in terms of the optics and the extra stop for low light shooting/shallower depth of field.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-10-01

How much does the lens extend when zoomed to 55mm ...

How much does the lens extend when zoomed to 55mm focal length? Thanks in advance
Asked by: Roald
I am just trying to figure out how much does the barrel extend in inches or cm when you zoom the lens to 55mm focal length? So originally it is 100mm long does it become 135mm long or 150mm or something something inbetween?
Answered by: Roald
Date published: 2020-04-09

Is this lens well suited to be a primary ...

Is this lens well suited to be a primary videography lens on the A6600 with stills as a secondary function, or is it better suited to stills because of the slight focus breathing?
Asked by: Derek
This lens would be good for photo and video.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-21

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

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: 2021-05-11
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