Sony SEL-16F28 Pancake Lens

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This light, low-profile F2.8 wide angle lens is perfect for everyday shooting. Its minimised weight and bulk makes it easy to carry in a coat pocket or bag. It looks stylish too in a high quality alloy barrel finish.

The high-performance optics with an aspheric surface provide excellent contrast and sharpness. The smooth, quiet, high-speed autofocus and aperture adjustment is ideal for still and HD movie shooting. And the 7-blade circular aperture is great for beautiful defocus effects. Designed for use with Sony NEX series.

Dia. 62 x L22.5mm
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Sony E
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Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 14 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sony SEL 16F28 and SELP1650 Sony SEL 16F28 and SELP1650 The design of the lens is such that if you put the Camera with lens down the focus ring on the end of the lens actually touches the surface. put it down a little hard and the focus ring bends and flattens, and the lens is not usable any more. so far I have had 3 of the SELP1650 lens all with the same focus ring squash problem, this is not a camera and lens you can put on your shoulder and use every day. excellent photo quality , not a very usable package, could not recommend it. probably best to buy a different Sony product 28 May 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very Poor Quality 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. 14 July 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great travel lens 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. 27 November 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Purchase SEL16f28 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. 21 October 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love This Lens 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. 16 March 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good for landscapes 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. 03 December 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by sony-16f28 pancake lens the item is well made, and does what it says on the tin. 23 November 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Can it be sharper? 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! 07 October 2011
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