Reviews and Problems with Sony 16mm f/2.8 (SEL16F28)
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Images quality were fuzzy and not clear.
Thomas Simmons, Amazon
8 April 2014
Summary: I read the reviews about this pancake lens and the review said that this was a great lens. Once I placed this lens on my camera the picture quality was not good. The images look fuzzy and not clear. I tried to adjust my Sony Nex 5N setting but did not make a difference in the quality. Overall the lens is smaller and flat which reduced the weight of the camera. The lens also take wide angle photos but they are not good quality.
Summary: Compact format of the pancake lens makes my NEX7 pocketable however, it seems i got the same batch as everyone else complains about. It is definitely a soft image from the lens, i went back to using the kit lens. It is more than just soft.. the image is confusing almost like a very nervous bokeh. Im still trying to figure out what this lens will be good for.
Excerpt: Let's be honest here. it's a piece of junk. At 2.8 this lens is absolutely useless. I got a chance to spend some time walking around and snap some shots and was nothing but disappointment. At 5.6 the edges / corners are getting better but they're smeared anyway. It's not good even considering price / value factor. Sony Nex5N is a decent camera and in IMHO deserves some better lens. Come on Sony! You can do it!
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: I can't recommend this lens. I couldn't achieve proper focus with either auto or manual focus modes. Also some of the worst purple fringing I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I had to return it. Will wait to see what others say before trying it again.
Summary: I cant believe reviewing this product that it has only 5 star reviews! This lens absolutely does not produce fantastic images if its fully open at f2.8. Calling this an f2.8 lens is rather misleading as the images produced at this f-stop are incredibly soft. Sony should have just rated it at f4 and be done with it.