Sony SEL16F28 16 mm f/2.8 Lens for E mount

49 mm Attachment - 0.07x Magnification - MPN: SEL16F28
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Stylishly designed to match α NEX cameras, the SEL16F28 is an exceptionally portable and versatile lens that's perfect for both photos and video. This bright lens (16mm focal length, f/2.8 maximum aperture) offers a big, 24mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle and 83° field of view for outstanding low-light performance, and smooth, quiet AF (Auto Focus) operation.
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Product Title Sony SEL16F28 16 mm f/2.8 Lens for E mount
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $189.00 from Adorama
Power Score 3.9 | 27 Reviews
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Sony SEL E 16mm f/2.8
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 27, 2012

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Sony SEL E 16mm f/2.8 and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Nice fast and wide!
4 Star Review   By Dan on Adorama - Aug 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought the Sony 10-18mm e-mount lens to replace this lens with it's companion wide & fisheye adapters. Though the 10-18mm is great it's not as fast as this one, so if you upgrade to the 10-18mm be sure to keep this one on hand for low light situations.

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Dissapointing
2 Star Review   By aggregate on Sony - Official Store - Aug 7, 2013   

This lens is only good for shooting in bright light, or on a tripod, or for landscape photography. In all other conditions, images are never sharp enough, or outright ruined. Images taken with SEL1855 are ALWAYS sharper. So I rarely use this lens now, and consider money spent on it wasted.

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Very Poor Quality
1 Star Review   By Roc889 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 14, 2013   

This 16mm was the first lens I purchased together with my NEX-5 about 14 months ago and was always a disappointment, a great focal length that fails to deliver on sharpness. The optimum aperture for sharpness turns out to be 6.3 or 7.1 and is still not great, which is a shame because Sony has created a great camera and an outstanding sensor in the NEX series. Otherwise settle for sharpness in the center but blurry or soft detail at the edge of the frame. And even at those apertures it's barely acceptable. Lots of chromatic aberration and color fringing that, yes, can be cleaned up in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. I wound up getting the 18-55mm which I’ve used for about 9 months and turns in a much better performance at f8, both at center and edge of the frame. If you are into wide-angle lenses you may want to look into the Sony E 10-18mm.

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Very Poor Quality
1 Star Review   By Roc889 on Adorama - Jul 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This 16mm was the first lens I purchased together with my NEX-5 about 14 months ago and was always a disappointment, a great focal length that fails to deliver on sharpness. The optimum aperture for sharpness turns out to be 6.3 or 7.1 and is still not great, which is a shame because Sony has created a great camera and an outstanding sensor in the NEX series. Otherwise settle for sharpness in the center but blurry or soft detail at the edge of the frame. And even at those apertures it's barely acceptable. Lots of chromatic aberration and color fringing that, yes, can be cleaned up in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. I wound up getting the 18-55mm which I’ve used for about 9 months and turns in a much better performance at f8, both at center and edge of the frame. If you are into wide-angle lenses you may want to look into the Sony E 10-18mm.

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Underrated.
5 Star Review   By ae lock on Adorama - Jun 18, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens come in handy whenever I dont feel like dragging along a huge backpack full of heavy equipment. There's a lot of bad reviews about this lens, but I think those reviewers are forgeting that this is a $250 lens that is small, compact and elegant l

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Clear wide
4 Star Review   By detroitdecay on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great wide for the cost

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great product
4 Star Review   By mandy on Adorama - Feb 5, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It is great. I find that it cannot be rolled/adjusted

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awesome lens!!!!!
5 Star Review   By GC on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

love how functional the lens is. so easy to set up

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awesome lens, super clear shots
5 Star Review   By GC on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Super clear shots, you will need to buy other lenses for zooming though.

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Great travel lens
5 Star Review   By LEK2 on Sony - Official Store - Nov 27, 2012   

Overall a bargain and my default lens while traveling. Fine for exterior architecture, and good for interiors when paired with the Ultra Wide Converter (VCL-ECU1). This is the lens I used the most during a three week tour in England this summer.

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Stylishly designed to match α NEX cameras, the SEL16F28 is an exceptionally portable and versatile lens that's perfect for both photos and video. This bright lens (16mm focal length, f/2.8 maximum aperture) offers a big, 24mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle and 83° field of view for outstanding low-light performance, and smooth, quiet AF (Auto Focus) operation.
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Product Title Sony SEL16F28 16 mm f/2.8 Lens for E mount
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $189.00 from Adorama
Power Score 3.9 | 27 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Sony SEL E 16mm f/2.8
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 27, 2012

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Sony SEL E 16mm f/2.8 and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Nice fast and wide!
4 Star Review   By Dan on Adorama - Aug 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought the Sony 10-18mm e-mount lens to replace this lens with it's companion wide & fisheye adapters. Though the 10-18mm is great it's not as fast as this one, so if you upgrade to the 10-18mm be sure to keep this one on hand for low light situations.

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Dissapointing
2 Star Review   By aggregate on Sony - Official Store - Aug 7, 2013   

This lens is only good for shooting in bright light, or on a tripod, or for landscape photography. In all other conditions, images are never sharp enough, or outright ruined. Images taken with SEL1855 are ALWAYS sharper. So I rarely use this lens now, and consider money spent on it wasted.

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Very Poor Quality
1 Star Review   By Roc889 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 14, 2013   

This 16mm was the first lens I purchased together with my NEX-5 about 14 months ago and was always a disappointment, a great focal length that fails to deliver on sharpness. The optimum aperture for sharpness turns out to be 6.3 or 7.1 and is still not great, which is a shame because Sony has created a great camera and an outstanding sensor in the NEX series. Otherwise settle for sharpness in the center but blurry or soft detail at the edge of the frame. And even at those apertures it's barely acceptable. Lots of chromatic aberration and color fringing that, yes, can be cleaned up in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. I wound up getting the 18-55mm which I’ve used for about 9 months and turns in a much better performance at f8, both at center and edge of the frame. If you are into wide-angle lenses you may want to look into the Sony E 10-18mm.

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Very Poor Quality
1 Star Review   By Roc889 on Adorama - Jul 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This 16mm was the first lens I purchased together with my NEX-5 about 14 months ago and was always a disappointment, a great focal length that fails to deliver on sharpness. The optimum aperture for sharpness turns out to be 6.3 or 7.1 and is still not great, which is a shame because Sony has created a great camera and an outstanding sensor in the NEX series. Otherwise settle for sharpness in the center but blurry or soft detail at the edge of the frame. And even at those apertures it's barely acceptable. Lots of chromatic aberration and color fringing that, yes, can be cleaned up in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. I wound up getting the 18-55mm which I’ve used for about 9 months and turns in a much better performance at f8, both at center and edge of the frame. If you are into wide-angle lenses you may want to look into the Sony E 10-18mm.

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Underrated.
5 Star Review   By ae lock on Adorama - Jun 18, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens come in handy whenever I dont feel like dragging along a huge backpack full of heavy equipment. There's a lot of bad reviews about this lens, but I think those reviewers are forgeting that this is a $250 lens that is small, compact and elegant l

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Clear wide
4 Star Review   By detroitdecay on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great wide for the cost

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great product
4 Star Review   By mandy on Adorama - Feb 5, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It is great. I find that it cannot be rolled/adjusted

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awesome lens!!!!!
5 Star Review   By GC on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

love how functional the lens is. so easy to set up

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awesome lens, super clear shots
5 Star Review   By GC on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Super clear shots, you will need to buy other lenses for zooming though.

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Great travel lens
5 Star Review   By LEK2 on Sony - Official Store - Nov 27, 2012   

Overall a bargain and my default lens while traveling. Fine for exterior architecture, and good for interiors when paired with the Ultra Wide Converter (VCL-ECU1). This is the lens I used the most during a three week tour in England this summer.

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Great travel lens
5 Star Review   By LEK2 on Adorama - Nov 27, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Overall a bargain and my default lens while traveling. Fine for exterior architecture, and good for interiors when paired with the Ultra Wide Converter (VCL-ECU1). This is the lens I used the most during a three week tour in England this summer.

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Excellent Purchase SEL16f28
5 Star Review   By AnnabellaS on Sony - Official Store - Oct 21, 2012   

I use this lens on my FS100 Super 35mm. It is very sharp, with no CA and no noticeable distortion. The auto-focus is super quick, and low-light performance is excellent. I have also used this lens with macro diopter converter lenses with excellent results using manual focus. Works absolutely brillinantly with the VCL-ECU1 wide angle conversion lens as well.

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Excellent Purchase SEL16f28
5 Star Review   By CTPro on Adorama - Oct 21, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens on my FS100 Super 35mm. It is very sharp, with no CA and no noticeable distortion. The auto-focus is super quick, and low-light performance is excellent. I have also used this lens with macro diopter converter lenses with excellent results using manual focus. Works absolutely brillinantly with the VCL-ECU1 wide angle conversion lens as well.

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Love This Lens
5 Star Review   By pulseHEAD on Sony - Official Store - Mar 16, 2012   

I love my new NEX7 camera - it is the best I have ever had. I like the zoom lens that comes with the camera but it is big and often I just don't need the zoom. So I got this smaller lens and really like it. I think it takes great pictures. I also love the fact that the camera has a viewfinder and that it automatically switches around to macro, regular, backlit, etc., etc. - my other latest Sony camera has such features but you have to manually switch them around. So far I have not had any distortion that others have mentioned with this smaller lens.

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Good for landscapes
3 Star Review   By BillWill on Sony - Official Store - Dec 3, 2011   

This is a decent and inexpensive lens for landscapes and other wide-angle photos, but it's not a particularly good compact lens for everyday use. I'd really appreciate a quality compact lens for my 5N, but this is not a good general purpose lens. I hope Sony comes out with a lens similar to the "pancake" Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7. My decision about which camera to purchase was a close call between a micro four thirds camera and the NEX, but I opted for the 5N because it offers better image quality, but the other offered more lenses and choice. If / when Sony comes out with a good general purpose, compact lens it will have a very respectable lens selection.

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Can it be sharper?
3 Star Review   By Photospeaker on Sony - Official Store - Oct 7, 2011   

I excitedly moved to the NEX from micro four thirds and ordered the 5N with this pancake lens. I thought this lens would be like the Lumix pancake lens but it does not compare well in sharpness and color definition. Sony, please make this a better lens!

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Crystal Clear Performer
5 Star Review   By Skydiverr Imaging on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens gives my new NEX-VG10 the added versatility it deserves. This makes a great up-close interview lens which improves the efficiency of the microphones for video AND it makes for a great landscape panoramic view for both video and stills. If you wa

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As Compact as they Come
4 Star Review   By Ghia Man on Adorama - Mar 13, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

My everyday lens on an NEX-5.

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Good lens for the price
4 Star Review   By YaHoO87 on Sony - Official Store - Jan 4, 2011   

This is a good lens for scenery and landscape, and for the price, its a good bargain, but as for macro, its a no go obviously because its a wide angle.

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Great multi-use lens
4 Star Review   By jadgl968 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 3, 2010   

Good day to day lens because its small so it fits in your pocket, but if you are taking a group shot, someone on the edge might get distorted.

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Great multi-use lens
4 Star Review   By jadgl968 on Adorama - Dec 3, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Good day to day lens because its small so it fits in your pocket, but if you are taking a group shot, someone on the edge might get distorted.

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DARK PANORAMAS! WARNING!
3 Star Review   By splurtana on Sony - Official Store - Nov 1, 2010   

I have no idea why this lens is very dark on indoor panaramic shots, thought this would be good for real estate photography, even when i adjust the f stop, its totally dark, others have complained online, but i dont see answers or dont know why.. its totally not useable in panarama mode unless its brightly lit.. a shame..

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Awesome lens
5 Star Review   By holsteincowboy on Sony - Official Store - Jul 22, 2010   

Very happy with the images i captured with this lens attached to my Nex 5 .Tack sharp images Beautiful colours Highly recommended

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Great pancake lens.
4 Star Review   By S10V8 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 21, 2010   

Great wide fast lens. I attach this to my NEX-5 and slide it in my pants pocket and go. I can always have it with me. The focus ring is by far the smoothest I have ever felt, I wish all my lenses had it. Sony has done a fantastic job with the A mount lenses. It's a very wide lens and ALL lenses have some distortion and fringing, the wider the more apparent it is, it is not a problem on this lens unless you are some nerdy pixel peeper. 99.999% of photographers will have no problem with this lens, the 0.001% who have a problem with this lens just have problems in general.

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Great compliment to NEX camera
4 Star Review   By jadgl968 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 20, 2010   

The best things about this lens are that it's small and light. The NEX cameras basically feel the same whether this lens is on the camera or there's no lens on the camera - which is great, because it's no secret that size and weight are pretty important with a system like this. That being said, this lens has some (noticeable) distortion that is unlike other wide angle lenses. It seems that this is in the RAW format as well, so it might be that some software correction is being applied in the camera, or the lens construction is a bit different than other wide-angle lenses. However, given the size and price, you really can't expect top shelf quality. The center is acceptably sharp - corners are not terribly sharp. Once I figured out the limitations of the lens, I found that I could get great results when working within its constraints. Overall, I'd recommend this lens, but I'm hoping that a comparably sized fast (f/2 or better) lens in the 24mm to 32mm range (36 to 48mm eq) comes out soon.

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Can't Recommend the 16mm
2 Star Review   By Tomel on Sony - Official Store - Jul 15, 2010   

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.

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