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Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens for NEX Series Cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Included Components||Sony 16mm F/2.8 E-mount NEX Series Camera Lens,|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 0.91 inches|
|Item Weight||0.16 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.24 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts & Labor|
|Material Type||steel mount, aluminium alloy barrel|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||16 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||5|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.35 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
From the Manufacturer
E 16mm F2.8 Wide Angle Lens
Landscapes, architecture, snapshots … this 24 mm equivalent (35mm full frame format) E-mount prime lens can cover them all. Compact and extremely lightweight, this lens will always be ready for action without being a burden to carry. While a refined aluminum alloy exterior gives the lens a sophisticated feel, a motor on the inside delivers smooth, quiet autofocus and aperture operation that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.
The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
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Style: US Version
Top Customer Reviews
But this scattered offering confuses their list of ultra-wide e-mount lenses for the consumer cameras. This compact 16mm f2.8 was the first kit lens offered by Sony. Then Sony added an Ultrawide converter attachment for this (VDL-ECU1) which has an effective focal length about 12.5mm. These two, when attached together, are actually quite good optically, for a total price about 300 bucks if you got the 16 in a kit. In addition, there is the Fisheye Converter (ECL-ECF1) which has a 180° field (distorted) for just 129 more dollars. These were clearly designed as a group and are actually quite brilliant. Unfortunately Sony has not really explained this to the customer base.
Recently Sony came out with the 10-18 mm zoom, f4, with image stabilization, but quite expensive at $850; a completely different approach.
Now having all of these at hand, I performed a direct image quality comparison. To compare the 10-18mm zoom to the 16mm, I set both to f4. Then I added the Ultrawide and matched the field of view by setting the zoom to 12.5mm.Read more ›
This lens is in a lot of ways a tour de force, showing that a good quality lens and sensor package can be made small. Most casual shooter will probably head for the 18-55mm zoom, but this 16mm lens (crop factor is 1.5, so it's a 24mm equivalent in 35mm land) would make a good carry lens for a sort of retro-rangefinder camera. This could get you all sorts of street shots with a very pocketable camera, and enough resolution to crop to the image you really wanted. With the NEX-C3, low light levels weren't a problem, and that would go nicely with this low profile lens and not using the flash.
Details: 49mm filter thread
So not only does this lens reduce the overall bulk of the Nex-5 camera system (can put in pockets more easily), it also gives you result that you will be proud of.
ps. low-light is impressive but i think it's combination of sony's low-light capable sensor and this lens' measly 2.8 aperture.
Comments based on using the lens with Sony 5N camera with a lens hood.
Ideal choice for low light situations like indoor birthday parties and where you cannot back up to get everything in the picture like on a boat, etc..
Great for hiking or other situations where keeping weight & bulk down is desired and yet take home some high quality images.
Kit lens hood works fine with this lens, I always use it.
No comparison, the Sony 16mm E lens is the only game in town in this focal length.
There is no Zeiss version and if there was it would cost 4-5X as much.
Does not have nor does it require optical image stabilization thanks to the 5N low light performance.
When combined with the 5N becomes a [jacket] pocket camera.
If you use a 5N, the camera can be configured to correct the lens distortions.
If you already have the kit lens and the 18mm setting is wide enough for your applications, be happy.
I would not spend the money to buy this or any other fixed focal length lens [read my review on the Sigma 19mm].
If on the other hand if you desire a wide angle lens and this lens appears interesting to you then
buy the 16mm and check it out on your camera for a couple of days.
Evaluate the results and if it doesn't meet your expectations return it.
I feel you will not be disappointed.
After using this lens a little longer, I've come to find it has little benefit for me over the kit lens. It is a hair wider (focal), a hair shorter (physical length), and a hair more open (aperture). I have found few cases where 18 mm isn't wide enough and that includes landscape photos. I have also found that any pants or jacket that I can fit my camera in with this lens on, I can also put it in with the kit lens on. It may make it a little more compact, but not enough for it to fit in my jeans pocket. I've also found that the images don't really get sharp until about 2-3 stops down, which kills the low light capabilities I was looking for. If you want a faster lens, pick up the Sony 50mm f/1.8, otherwise just stick with the kit lens. I have read that adding the wide angle converter increases sharpness, but I didnt want to invest another $100 into this and would rather put that towards the Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 (which can be had for $270 new in bulk). I sold my SEL16F28 last week.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of all the lenses I've used, including Canon, Tamron, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Pentax, this is the worst lens. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Thurman
If you use it with extra wide lens or fisheye lens, i believe you will get more creative images.Published 3 months ago by isaac
This little guy works great. When I am out shooting on a hike I take a SEL55210 to reach out and grab nature. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael B. Kempton
Lots of distortion on the far right and left 1/8th or so of the frame. REALLY bad distortion. Other than that, optics are decent quality and build is sturdy.Published 8 months ago by Moe Hong
Bought this as a gift for my boyfriend. Wonderful. He uses it all the time and it takes amazing wide angle photos.Published 8 months ago by Ashley Monier