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Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens for NEX Series Cameras
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- Lens not Zoomable. Footnotes:"35 mm equivalent focal length (APS-C)" and "Angle of View (APS-C)" are with interchangeable lens digital camera incorporating APS-C type image sensors.
- Minimum Focus Distance : 0.8 ft (0.24 m)
- Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.078x
- Focal Length : 16 mm
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E, Sony E||Sony E (NEX)||—||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Micromotor||auto-focus||—||—||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||0.91 x 2.44 x 2.44 in||60.6 x 2.4 x 1.7 in||3.62 x 2.83 x 2.83 in||3.75 x 2.5 x 5 in||—||2.52 x 2.76 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||2.61 ounces||1 lb||0.99 lb||—||2.47 ounces||7.94 ounces|
|Lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||wide-angle||wide-angle-prime||wide-angle||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||16 millimeters||19 millimeters||16||16 millimeters||16 millimeters||18 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 millimeters||19 millimeters||16||12 millimeters||16 millimeters||10 millimeters|
|Thread Size||49 millimeters||46 millimeters||67 millimeters||—||49 millimeters||62 millimeters|
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.
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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As others have noted, the 16mm can be a big soft at the corners at 2.8-5.6, but looks better as. Once you've stopped down to 5.6, things look a bit sharper. For hiking, I'm almost always in the 5.6-15 range, so the soft corners don't bother me. There is no stabilization in this lens, but it's a wide angle, so not that big of a deal. The one issue I have is that the autofocus isn't as accurate as when I'm using the 10-18mm.
At <$250, this lens is a great value. Some of the other reviewers are complaining about this lens as if it cost $1000. Be realistic about you're going to get at this price point. In my opinion, the value per dollar is quite high. If you want a lens that is super sharp, you're going to have to pay a bit more.
+ F2.8 for low light
+ Allows attachments like fisheye and wide angle converter
+ Fast focusing
+ Compact size
+ Uses same size filters as 18-55 kit lens
- No visually pleasing sunstars (ie: like the Tokina 11-16)
I bought this lens because of it's compact size and ability to make the NEX F3 pocketable. Despite the fixed focal length, I think I used this lens significantly more during my vacation than the 18-55 kit lens. Consequently, at this low price, this lens is a good complement to the 18-55 kit lens. It's affordable, and really changes your shooting experience. Another plus is that it uses the same size filters.
Sony does not provide a hood or case with this lens package. However, the hood from the kit lens is compatible (but I'm not sure how much it affects vignetting). I didn't use it with the good.
In summary: The lens makes a great complement to the 18-55 kit. It is compact, offers a wide aperture, focuses quickly, and really enhances your NEX shooting experience. I recommend it.
I hope this review was helpful to you.
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