Ideal for everyday shooting, the low-profile E 16mm F2.8 lens minimizes bulk, allowing the camera to easily be carried in a coat, pants pocket, or purse. This lens' creative possibilities can be expanded even further by the VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Converter which provides a 12mm view and VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter that delivers impressive curvi-linear distortion.
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.
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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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 looking. Theres a lot of sharper lens out there, even the kit lens sel1855 is sharper but again its cheap, small, compact and elegant looking. If you want a scary sharp lens, sell your car and spend more. Check out Flickr, see how good this lens is when used by someone who knows what he is doing.
Great wide for the cost
It is great. I find that it cannot be rolled/adjusted
love how functional the lens is. so easy to set up
Super clear shots, you will need to buy other lenses for zooming though.
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.
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.
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 want even more versatility, see both the ultra-wide and fisheye lens attachments made to mount in front of this lens and you have a full arsenal of capture combinations at your fingertips.