Reviews and Problems with Sony 16mm f/2.8 (SEL16F28)
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Does the job
J MADDOX, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
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. Auto focus on it works fine.
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.
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. There is a lot of barrel distortion and vignetting, but that is expected in all wide angle lenses.
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 can get away stuffing a slightly larger, better lens in instead (I did this recently on vacation with the Sigma 30mm attached).
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. I would say only buy this lens if you want to make your camera small enough to fit in a pocket, or if you plan on getting the fisheye conversion lens that attaches to the 16mm.
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... 3 stars is about right.
"Comparison Shots" vs. a proper wide angle lens...
M. Brandon, Amazon
30 December 2012
Summary: EDIT: TL;DR - It's OK if you want it as "vacation shot" lens and it outperforms phone cameras by a long shot, but below average when compared to a "real" prime lens on DSLRs or mirrorless. I don't need snarky people dismissing my review because I actually went to the effort of providing test examples. This review is meant for people to decide if THEY would be fine with the test shots for decent everyday photos (family, events, etc....not studio work).