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Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 Lens

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Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 lens


Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 MTF Chart

Optical design

Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 optical design

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Sony E, Sony E

First year of production: 2010

Optical design: 5 elements in 5 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Average price: $183


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Additional information:


The Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8  is an exceptionally  lightweight and compact kit prime"pancake" lens for   Sony NEX-3 and Sony NEX-5 mirrorless (EVIL) cameras.

On APS-C sensors it produces an equivalent focal length of 24 mm.

Two converters are produced for the Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 - ultra-wide angle and fisheye. There is also a special viewfinder for Sony NEX cameras.

The lens boasts a traditional Sony build quality: magnesium alloy body, no plays, very friendly and smooth focusing.

The Sony E 16 mm f/ 2.8 is equipped with a built-in SSM focus motor, which makes focusing fast and convenient.  Autofocusing is rather accurate for a contrast detection system. Noiseless focusing benefits video filming: focus operations sounds are not recorded.

A maximum aperture of 2.8 coupled with a wide angle enables shooting in low light conditions.

The optical scheme utilizes an aspherical lens to effectively minimize spherical aberrations.

It is equipped with a circular 7-blade aperture,  Circles of confusion are almost round-shaped. It produces the bokeh, typical of wide-angle lenses.

Barrel distortion is rather pronounced.

Vignetting is visible at open apertures, but  practically vanishes when stopping down to f/8.

The lens is not very sharp at f/2.8; besides, there is a considerable fall of resolution at the borders. At f/4 resolution is satisfactory. It produces good resolution when stopping down to f/ 5.6 onwards.

The lens  is well resistant to side and back light.  It is recommended to use it with a hood.

The Sony E SEL16F28 16 mm f/2.8 is suitable for landscape, architecture and genre photography, as well as for video filming on Sony NEX cameras. It is ideal for street photography.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 06.09.2010

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Mechanical quality4.349
Optical quality3.449
Pricing / Value3.679
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