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Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Lens

BH #SO1628 • MFR #SEL16F28
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
Lightweight and exceptionally compact, the E 16mm f/2.8 Lens from Sony is a suitable travel companion. Providing a 24mm equivalent focal length when mounted to your APS-C-format E-mount camera, this lens will allow photographers to capture wide landscapes and work in tight spaces with ease.
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Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Ultra-Wide Pancake Lens
  • 3Compact Design, Broad Field of View
  • 4Optics and Focusing
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Ultra-Wide Pancake Lens
Lightweight and exceptionally compact, the E 16mm f/2.8 Lens from Sony is a suitable travel companion. Providing a 24mm equivalent focal length when mounted to your APS-C-format E-mount camera, this lens will allow photographers to capture wide landscapes and work in tight spaces with ease.
Compact Design, Broad Field of View
  • With its pancake design, the lens only extends 0.9" from the mount, resulting in a compact and lightweight camera system.
  • Designed for use on APS-C format cameras, this 16mm lens will provide a wide-angle perspective with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm.
  • Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in available lighting and also contributes to the sleek size and lightweight design.
  • This lens is compatible with optical wide-angle and fisheye conversion lenses, which, when used, will convert this lens into an 18mm or 15mm lens, respectively.
Optics and Focusing
  • One aspherical element is incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
  • The lens uses an internal focusing design that contributes to faster autofocus performance as well as a minimum focus distance of 9.4".
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length16mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View83°
Minimum Focus Distance9.45" / 24 cm
Maximum Magnification0.08x
Optical Design5 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.4 x 0.9" / 62 x 22.5 mm
Weight2.4 oz / 68 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.5 x 3.5 x 3"

Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Reviews

unique baby

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-23

This lens cannot be described in one word good or bad. He is unique in his own way. Tiny, light, very wide-angle but without strong barrel and torsional distortion, with excellent color reproduction and good overall contrast. The main disadvantage for me personally is its low resolution. It does not capture fine details clearly enough, but do I need absolute sharpness in most of my shots? Not sure. So, sometimes you just want to take a walk with a light setup and take a snapshot without bothering, but just for fun. For these purposes, 16/2.8 is a good companion, from f4-5.6 it's pretty capable. Compared to kit 16-50, it has much better color reproduction, but slightly worse (my copies) sharpness. For snapshots, I don't need an annoying moving out and in lens, it's just drive me nuts). So I'm going with 16/2.8 But for guaranteed good results, I would not recommend it. Only for snapshots. Alas, there is nothing better yet in the 24mm equivalent on Sony apsc in such a small form. There is a magnificent Sigma 16 / 1.4, but its size and weight the ruins are all the joy of a long walk 10-15km, it's better to take my 16-70mm with the same dimensions. I would be glad to see a sharper but equally form factor lens in the future.

Perfect for your small pack

By Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-01

I use this on all my adventures, whether hanging from a rope, riding a bike, or fly fishing- it's with me in my pack. Perfect on my a6000.

Awful lens

By Paul
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-11

Sony usually is pretty dependable for quality, but this doesn't deserve the Sony name at all. Yes, it's tiny and it does autofocus and might be alright for video, but it's pretty terrible for photos. It's as soft as a newborn kitten. I'd recommend Sony redesign this lens and seek to replace these ones with a trade-in policy. For photos this is unacceptable in quality (and I am not that demanding on my resolution). I've never been so disappointed with a lens. I'd recommend something else. Sigma's 19mm comes to mind. Good luck.

Not Impressed

By Stephen
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-17

Light weight and f2.8, sure. Image quality is low. Don't expect more than what you would get from most kit lenses. I used it with my a6500 on a Ronin SC at a live event and am not too happy with the results. I will never use it for a paying gig. Sample:

Great lens for street photography

By scg95
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-05

I ordered this lens to pair with my a6000 for street shooting, and it serves that purpose very well. It’s incredibly small and discrete which is a huge advantage on the streets if you don’t want to stand out. It’s also pretty amazing that the whole camera can fit in my pocket with this lens, which allows me to bring it with me pretty much everywhere. As other reviews have mentioned, this is a very soft lens almost all across the frame, with the very center being okay and the corners being horrible at any given f stop. BUT this lens does produce some very nice colors and contrast, which was the only reason I gave the image quality an “fair” score instead of “poor”. I really think Sony dropped the ball a little bit with this lens... for street photography I can live with the softness, but I would never use this lens for my landscape work. It’s really a shame, because 16mm is such a useful focal range on apsc and this tiny lens would be legendary if the sharpness even reached a mediocre level. The AF isn’t great either. But even with its many cons, I love this lens. It’s a blast to shoot with and its size allows you to bring it almost anywhere — which is why I bought it.

Zero Sharpness

By Danielle
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-26

I was disappointed with this lens in both daytime and low light situations. This lens is not at all sharp and makes video footage look extremely unprofessional. 10/10 Do not recommend. I would go with the 20mm prime instead. Much more sharp.

This lens does a good job for what it is

By Andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-13

makes it easy to carry a camera around all day and does a good job with images too! all of these were taken with my first Sony nex-5n. How it has progressed!!


By Julie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-01

Easy to use and just what I needed for interior room shots.

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is this compatible with the Full Frame Alpha 7 ? I mean will it cover the whole surface of the sensor ?
Asked by: Anonymous
The E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Lens is not a full frame lens, so it would not cover the entire a7 sensor. You would need to shoot in APS-C size sensor mode.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


will this work with the sony alfa 2r
Asked by: Arturo M.
If you are referring to the aR II, you could mount and use the Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount Lens on the aR II. Though, as this is not a full frame lens, you will need to shoot in the APS-C/crop sensor mode. It would not cover the full frame sensor.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

will this fit on the sony a7sii? will it need to ...

will this fit on the sony a7sii? will it need to be in aps-c mode? will that equate to 24mm equivalent iif I was using lenses on the full frame?
Asked by: Jeffrey
Hello Jeffrey. This will physically fit on the a7sII, but it is a crop sensor lens. APS-C mode is a 1.5x crop factor, so it will make it a24mm equivalent.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-07

is work with sony fs5 super 35?

is work with sony fs5 super 35?
Asked by: ILYA
This lens is completely compatible with the FS5.
Answered by: Stephen
Date published: 2022-01-16


I have this lens and on my Sony a6500, the AF Tracking Sens is grayed-out/disabled. I kind of thought I could track focus/follow focus with this lens on the sony a6500. Was I wrong?
Asked by: Jamison
Unfortunately this lens does not support this feature. Similar options that will support this feature are the Sony 10-18mm f4 and the Sigma 19mm f2.8 lenses.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

I’ve Sony Nex5n is this lens good for night ...

I’ve Sony Nex5n is this lens good for night photography like Milky Way ...etc thanks
Asked by: Kadhum
Yes, the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Lens is definitely good for night photography. The 16mm wide angle focal length, and the bright f2.8 lens aperture will help create sharp images of the Milky Way.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-06-03


Would this work with the Fs7?
Asked by: Jimmy V.
Yes, this lens is compatible with the Sony FS7.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is this compatible with a Canon T3i
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sonly E-Mount 16mm f/2.8 lens is not compatible with the T3i, nor is there an adapter that would allow one to mount this lens on a Canon camera.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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