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Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens for NEX Series Cameras

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Product Description

Stylishly designed to match a NEX cameras, the SEL16F28 is an exceptionally portable and versatile lens that's perfect for both photos and video. This bright lens (16mm focal length, f/2.8 maximum aperture) offers a big, 24mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle and 83° field of view for outstanding low-light performance, and smooth, quiet AF (Auto Focus) operation.

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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.

E 16mm F2.8 Wide Angle Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
Aspherical lens elements
Distance encoder

Circular Aperture

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.

Distance encoder

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.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

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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2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographic and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, BRAVIA Sync, Cyber-shot, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Duo, the Memory Stick logo, Optical SteadyShot, Remote Commander, Smile Shutter, Stamina, SteadyShot, Theatre Sync, TruBlack, and Xtra Fine LCD are trademarks of Sony. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.


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  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 2.6 ounces
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  • Item model number: SEL16F28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 24, 2010

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Sony seems to have a well thought-out product strategy for their NEX series bodies, which are proving to be a big hit. But their lens strategy is scattered. There is not a simple lens roadmap, but a mixture of lenses from different sources, some probably designed inhouse by Sony, some with the Zeiss name (and big price premium for that name), and other lenses which appear to be made for Sony by specialty third parties. This is partly because e-mount is not just for the NEX consumer cameras but also for Sony's line of high end professional video cameras. This is why Zeiss makes some extremely expensive cinema lenses in e-mount; $21K for a zoom!

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.
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I have been using this lens with a preproduction loaner NEX-C3. Review on that camera to come soon...

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
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I got this lens as part of Sony's special saving on bundle pricing with Nex-5. At first I was hesitant because of some reviews that i had read online about its poor IQ overall. Well, after using it and pixel peeping with the RAW image files i can say that this lens produced outstanding result. Sharpness is on par with Canon's 17-55mm 2.8 lens, which is saying a lot. There is definitely a jump in quality when you go from Sony's own 18-55mm kit lens with this one. This lens gives you a good idea what the Nex's APS-C sensor is capable of- a DLSR-like image quality without the bulk. I can't wait for the other E-mount lenses to come out.

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.
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Consumer level; 16 x 1.5 = 24mm (35mm format equivalent) auto focus lens designed to work with the Sony NEX series cameras.
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.

Recommendations:
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.
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UPDATE (replaced previous review):
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.
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