Reviews and Problems with Sony 16mm f/2.8 (SEL16F28)
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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.
Nice lens for making NEX more compact but little benefit over kit lens (UPDATE)
Chilehead Photography "Captured Moments are t..., Amazon
29 March 2013
Summary: UPDATE (replaced previous review): After using this lens a little longer, I've come to find it has little benefit for me over the kit lens. It is a hair wider (focal), a hair shorter (physical length), and a hair more open (aperture). I have found few cases where 18 mm isn't wide enough and that includes landscape photos. I have also found that any pants or jacket that I can fit my camera in with this lens on, I can also put it in with the kit lens on.
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: I was really disappointed with this lens. My review is based on comparing to my NEX-5R and my Canon 7D with a Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 EX (I've uploaded photos to compare). Let's set a few things straight: The NEX's use an APS-C sensor like many entry/mid DSLR (same one in some Nikons), so leave the sensor out of the MAJOR equation. Also, sharpness is not the whole of a lens, but a big sum of what it is (I did not do comparisons of color accuracy and contrast).
Given the price point and size, get this if you want the size convenience.
9 December 2012
Summary: The size is great when compared against the kit lens that came with my nex5n. However, this is not intended for quality shots...main plus is the size. Pix quality is mediocre at best and forget about macros. Mine feels very plasticky...a little disappointing.