Excerpt: It's a pricey lens, but it allows some creativity not found in any other type of lens. Fisheye has been around for a long time, there's a reason for that. the images produced add something different.
Summary: It is a great lens for specific uses. Gives dramatic pictures. My only concern is that it seems to be a gray market lens. Needs to be sent to Germany for repairs. However I have never needed to repair a lens. I am happy with the lens. \ I would recommend it to others.
A lot of fun. Provides some interest options for compositional creativity.
eclectic reader "wanderer", Amazon
29 July 2013
Summary: The optics on this lens seem very good. I wondered how much it would differ from the 16mm end of the 16-35 zoom. I found you need to look at the field of view to understand the difference. This lens gives a 180 field of view and is a true fish eye. A nice addition to my kit.
Summary: I purchased a different brand of fish eye lens last year and I was just not happy with it so I returned it. This lens however is great. Sharp photos with very little distortion at the edges. I keep this lens permanently attached to my Sony A230, and I use my Sony A77 for all other shots.
Summary: I shoot a Sony a900 full frame camera,so the first thing I look for is the lens that will perform the best with my camera. I was at my sisters place on the lake in northern MN. and using the Sony sal-16f28 for the first time. This lens was way beyond my expectations of what it could do. The color and clarity was all the way to the edges and the sharpness was perfect. I took a picture of the whole lake with no distortion . It was like taking a panoramic picture.
Summary: I was searching for a super wide Sony make high speed lens, I was a bit hesitating to purchase fisheye because I knew it distorts and 11~18 is not that fast. I tried 16MM as I had no options and what a pleasant surprise - I am happy to say that with 16 MM I have been handling distortion to my advantage..
Summary: Hi Are they kidding me? Since the beginning of the purchase, I was swindled, immediately began to complain, I have not received the lens and not the money and EBAY is still playing? I have not received the lens, the lens actually bought the Lords whose image send, but not receive the lens and not the money. For me, I'm just dealing with people not serious, it generally is called crooks. I appreciate my money back. Thank you. Hi Será que estão a gozar comigo?
Summary: In my old Minolta MC/MD days, I had the Minolta incarnation of this lens and loved it. Granted in many ways it's a creative toy sort of lens, but I still find myself using it even at inappropriate times ("Hang on. Just let me grab a quick shot of this with the 16."). Every exposure has the potential to be a visual adventure waiting to happen and bring a smile to someones face.