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

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (71)
  • Compact (42)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Improves picture quality (24)
  • Well built / quality (23)

Cons

  • Poor clarity (5)
  • No performance improvement (4)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (53)
  • Shooting indoors (49)
  • Panoramic filming (27)
  • Travel (26)
  • Close up filming (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (40), Aspiring film maker (9), Film professional (9), Parent (8), Technically challenged (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (73), 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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5.0

Light and Sharp

By Ammar

from Kuwait

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens, small and light, good price and excellent sharpness. Photo attached is close wide angle to test the lens sharpness on my dog's eye with F/2.8. Beautiful.

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4.0

Good little lens

By Mel

from Pittsburgh pa

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

It's a little smaller than the stock lens, but takes better image quality photos. It won't replace my 50mm but I love it as a back up.

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(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for beginners

By zoia k

from New York

About Me Parent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Interface With Camcorder
  • Lightweight

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):

For someone who doesn't use zoom, this was awesome

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  • No

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(1 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a great lens

By Bullseye

from Appalacians

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      My sisters brother had one of these. He lives in Lapland and gets some geeat whots...I said I like have to have one...give it to me..So I ordered one and I'm so glad I did...Hasn't been delivered yet but no problems so far - Buy one!

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      • No

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This lens is o.k.

      By StudioKids

      from Fairfax, CA

      About Me Lifelong Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Focus
      • Lightweight
      • Pros Use This Lens

      Cons

      • Loose Fisheye Lens Cap

      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 purchased the Sony 16mm because I wanted to try boththe Sony fisheye attachment and extra wide angle adapter on my A6000. Decent stuff, not Leica, but o.k. for around the house.
      The small size, sharpness of the lens is definitely worth the price.
      The extra wide angle good for family shots, street scenes, a fun clicker.
      Fisheye attachment definitely worth its light weight. I paid 4 times more for the Lumix fisheye. I feel the Sony does just as well.
      Nothing like all metal construction to inspire confidence - which none of these products have. Yes, after using for a couple of weeks I appreciate the light weight of it all. No sore wrists!
      It's a few bucks spent well. No regrets.

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      • No

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      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Where we work it's eyes and ears

      By Joe

      from New Mexico

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Replacement
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

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

        For us it's durable enough to stand up to our field use. They seal real well when we are out in windy conditions. Our areas have a lot of desert and high winds.

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        • No

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        (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for the amateur traveling photographer.

        By Yahman

        from Fairview PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

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

          Small, light and inexpensive, but a nice lens. Nice depth of field control. So far it's not showing clarity any issues with my photos. Would have been nice if it had a vase though.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens, awesome delivery time!

          By Robyn

          from Palm Beach, FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Upgrade

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

            I love the wide angel for weddings and I have a feeling from this experience I will absolutely love it for real estate!
            It seems to be very sharp.
            I have only used it a couple of times so still getting used to it, but I bought it because of the reviews I read about it being sharp and a great length. I did notice a tiny bit of distortion when I got really close to my subjects as opposed to being a good distance. It tends to be soft on the edges at mid range apertures and a large group...but I guess that is to be expected.
            Be careful...it is tiny...that is why they call it the pancake. lol
            Overall, I am happy with the lens.

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            • No

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            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Wide Angle Lens

            By Thomas

            from Cumming, Georgia

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • 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):

              I have only used this lens a couple of times;however, the times I did it was great. The lens produced a picture that was sharp. It is a small lens, very light and one that I will keep in my bag for a long time.

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              • No

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              (3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Does the job

              By J MADDOX

              from Corpus Christi

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Affordable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  had trouble installing this e-mount to the Sony FS700 camera. It is easy to install it wrong. If so the picture is very dark. I took it off and reinstalled it a couple of tries and it worked right. I was just on the verge of sending it back. It will crop a Super 35mm censor but I knew that going in. Auto focus on it works fine.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    (15 of 48 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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                        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          (24 of 49 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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                          (1 of 8 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 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                              (5 of 6 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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                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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