Reviews and Problems with Sony 16mm f/2.8 (SEL16F28)
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Does the job
J MADDOX, B&H Photo
2 February 2015
Excerpt: had trouble installing this e-mount to the Sony FS700 camera. It is easy to install it wrong. If so the picture is very dark. I took it off and reinstalled it a couple of tries and it worked right. I was just on the verge of sending it back. It will crop a Super 35mm censor but I knew that going in.
Summary: It's a good lens for what it is, a small pancake to make the NEX camera body portable. Unfortunately, I couldn't handle the fact that it doesn't have oss or produce sharp images. I've had two copies of this lens and both produce consistently soft images. The kit lens does better.
Blurry in the corners and on the edges, even at f/11
Eric N. Yiskis "Nihongo Noobie", Amazon
23 June 2014
Summary: I shot some landscapes with this lens, and everything is fine until you get to the long axis of the image. Not only are the corners soft (common with wide angle lenses) but the left and right edges are blurry as well--even at f/11. This lens is only marginally better than the 16-55 power zoom.
Nice light lens, not bad angle of view, poor sharpness.
Dezso Vaghy, Amazon
5 January 2014
Summary: I use this lens for my Nex5r and some aerial video. Although the picture is pleasing with little fisheye compared with the Gopro, I find the finished result blurry. I just bought the newest Sony 10-20 zoom which while twice the price is twice as good.
Good value for the average image quality it offers. Converters are good.
28 September 2013
Summary: The only reason people are going to pick up this lens, is because it cost very little, it's even cheaper than some bags. The other reason is mounting the two converters for Ultra Wide and Fish Eye - that is probably the only thing this lens can do, and be useful for.
Summary: This lens is just ok. First let me say, I got a NEX because I wanted the APS-C sensor in a smaller camera so I could take it around with me more conveniently. If you're in the same boat, do not buy this lens just because it's a pancake and you want to be able to stuff your NEX into your pocket.
You don't need this lens if you have the 18-55mm kit lens
V. Crofoot, Amazon
14 April 2013
Summary: I have a Sony NEX-7 and I've used a handful of lenses, and honestly the 16mm is not among the best. If you already have the 18-55 kit lens this lens isn't that useful. You already have 18mm with image stabilization with the kit lens. The 16mm isn't that sharp either.
Summary: This is a nice and compact lens which I enjoy using on my NEX 7. Unfortunately, its sharpness is somewhat lacking especially when placed in more challenging situations (eg. low light street). I wish Sony will put out a better version of this lens - based on the photos I have seen...