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SONY SEL 16MM F2.8 LENS SILVER (NEX) is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 14.
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Product Highlights
  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • AF for Movie Capture
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture
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  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • AF for Movie Capture
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture
  • Filter Diameter : 49mm
  • 24mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle
  • 83° field of view for outstanding low-light performance, and smooth, quiet AF (Auto Focus) operation
  • Angle of View: 83°
  • Aperture (Max.): F2.8
  • Aperture (Min.): F22
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 1 aspheric surface
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length): 2-7/16 x 7/8" (62x22.5mm)
  • Direct Manual Focus
  • Exterior Finish: Metal
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24mm
  • Focus Ring in AF Mode: No rotation
  • Internal Motor: Stepping motor
  • Lens Construction: 5 groups, 5 elements (1 aspheric surfaces)
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture: Excellent
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.073x (APS-C)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.4" (0.24m)
  • Mount Material: Metal
  • Non-rotating Focusing Ring: No rotation
  • Weight: 2.5 oz (70g)

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Mirrorless Lenses
Focal Length: 16mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/2.8, Min: f/22
Camera Mount Type: Sony E (NEX)
Camera Format: APS-C
Angle of View: 83 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.24m
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.073x
Groups/Elements: 5 Groups/5 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 49mm
Dimensions (DxL): 0.89x2.44"
Weight: 70g

Additional Information

Warranty: 2 year manufacturer warranty (if purchased in Canada)
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2011-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pancake lens. 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.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great compliment to NEX camera 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.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Good, low cost prime lens" "It is not comparable to those $1K+ prime lenses, but it is good enough for overall shooting. If the goal is to go up one full F stop for better low light performance than the 16-50mm F3.5-56 kit lens offers, this is the cheapest way I know, to achieve it. I bought one of these lenses in August 2016, and took a few nice landscape photos with it, even a ventured to try astro photography, with moderate success. It works great even for video. Focuses fast, and the picture quality is consistent. If you would however want to completely replace your kit lens, the Sony 16-70mm F4 lens is a much better but significantly more expensive option."
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great multi-use lens 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.
Date published: 2010-12-04
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Can this lense be used with a Sony A6000?

Asked by: Ashish
HI Ashish, yes it can.
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2018-04-02
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