Sony 16mm f/2.8

  • E-mount (Sony NEX)
  • 5 elements in 5 groups, 1 aspherical
  • 83 degree angle of view
  • apertures from f/2.8 to f/22, 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • no image stabilization
  • 9.4" (0.24m) minimum focus, autofocus, manual focus ring, rear focus, 1:14 maximum magnification
  • 49mm filter size, no lens hood available
  • 0.9" x 2.4" (23 x 62mm) long and diameter
  • 2.5 ounces (70g)
  • available in silver
  • Model number SEL16F28, US$250 suggested retail price
  • Accessories: VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter (provides 15mm full frame fisheye equivalent), VCL-ECU1 wide angle converter (provides 18mm full frame equivalent)

Thom's Mini Review: This wide-angle prime (24mm equivalent) is a handy small size that complements the small NEX body sizes. Wide open, it's optically good in the center, not quite as good at the edges. While the lens has been maligned by some as soft or not a good match to the NEX body's high resolution, I find it acceptable. Not great, just acceptable. Stop down to f/8 to get best results. It really needs a lens hood, too, but you'll have to dip into third party accessories to find one that works well (I use a B+W metal screw-in hood). For wide angle video work you can hide a NEX with this lens in a very confined space, and in video the lens's optical weaknesses tend not to be noticed. The two conversion accessories provide interesting wider options and are surprisingly decent. 

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