primetime's reviews

  • Sony E 16mm f/2.8 SEL16F28

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    build, size, f2.8, center sharpness, silent AF, fisheye attachment (sold separately)
    distortion, corner resolution, CA

    Bought as a kit with my NEX-3

    From my experience:

    @f2.8, center sharpness is great, which all that is needed for blurring out backgrounds and/or available light shots. In real-world practice, I've never felt like corner sharpness is a priority in these situations.

    @f8-11, corners are sharpened up and the lens produces good, wide landscape shots.

    While I do find the resolution issues somewhat "forgivable", I find the distortion (pincushion) a big shortcoming of this lens. My wish is that a future NEX firmware update can electronically correct the distortion, but until then, it is unpleasant to deal with.

    There might be a corrective Adobe Lens profile out there, but the distortion hasn't bothered me enough to find it and post-process my images.

    The bottom line: given its speed and focal length, it's a very unique kit offering. Users stepping up from P&S will find a lot to like with the wide perspective and low light capability. Personally, I've used a DSLR for years found this lens/camera combo very refreshing. But anyone who was expecting miracles from a relatively cheap kit lens was fooling themselves.

    There are limitations with this lens, but it's not difficult to work around them and produce great images.

    reviewed October 1st, 2010