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Sony 16mm f/2.8 Alpha E-Mount Wide-Angle Lens (Silver)

  • mfr: SEL16F28
  • SKU: SEL16F28
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  • Focal length: 16mm
  • Aperture range: f/2.8-22
  • Sony E-mount
  • Format: APS-C
  • High performance optics with aspherical lens elements
  • Smooth, quiet, high-speed autofocus
  • Ideal for still and HD movie shooting
  • Direct Manual Focus with non-rotating focus ring 
  • Slim and portable pancake style lens 
  • 7-blade circular aperture

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Sony 16mm f/2.8 Alpha E-Mount Wide-Angle Lens (Silver)

Sony's E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Alpha E-Mount is a unique wide-angle prime lens. It offers a 35mm equivalent of 24mm and boasts an 83-degree angle of view and a minimum focusing distance of 9.4-inch (0.24m). Sporting a stylish design in both form and function, this lens matches the NEX camera series. Extremely streamlined and compact in construction, this lens is small enough to fit in your pocket. You will love the convenience and portability this optic offers you. Its features an internal stepping motor which delivers super smooth and incredibly accurate autofocusing for both still images and videos. It includes a fast and bright f/2.8 aperture that enables high performance in low light settings. This lens accepts 49mm filters.

Aspherical Elements

Sony's aspherical lens design creates a more complex surface profile, while also reducing lens size and weight. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, translating to high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. The design further ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focal range, while delivering incredible sharpness up to the periphery of the image. 

Distance Encoder

Distance Encoder technology delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject.

Internal Focusing (IF)

Sony's Internal Focusing feature allows you to focus a lens without changing its size. With IF Lenses all optical movement is restricted to the interior of the lens barrel, providing for a lighter, more efficient design. Faster focusing is produced by a lighter and compact focusing lens group.

Cirular Aperture

The circular aperture of this lens creates pleasing natural Bokeh effects. While Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocused points of light. This lens overcomes this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops.


Weight 2.47 oz (70 g)
Color Silver
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Focal Length 16mm
Maximum Magnification 0.073x
Angle of view 83-degree
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4-inch (23.88 cm)
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Diaphragm Blades 7
Fixed Focal Length 16mm
Lens Format APS-C Sensors
Lens Type Wide Angle
Special Designs Macro


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Sony 16mm f/2.8 Alpha E-Mount Wide-Angle Lens (Silver)

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Alpha E-Mount Wide-Angle Lens (Silver) SKU: SEL16F28

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great lens for street photography I ordered this lens to pair with my a6000 for street shooting, and it serves that purpose very well. It’s incredibly small and discrete which is a huge advantage on the streets if you don’t want to stand out. It’s also pretty amazing that the whole camera can fit in my pocket with this lens, which allows me to bring it with me pretty much everywhere. As other reviews have mentioned, this is a very soft lens almost all across the frame, with the very center being okay and the corners being horrible at any given f stop. BUT this lens does produce some very nice colors and contrast, which was the only reason I gave the image quality an “fair” score instead of “poor”. I really think Sony dropped the ball a little bit with this lens... for street photography I can live with the softness, but I would never use this lens for my landscape work. It’s really a shame, because 16mm is such a useful focal range on apsc and this tiny lens would be legendary if the sharpness even reached a mediocre level. The AF isn’t great either. But even with its many cons, I love this lens. It’s a blast to shoot with and its size allows you to bring it almost anywhere — which is why I bought it.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not genius, but do it is job. I bought used in good condition.All sony lenses have medium quality, not high end.I have a selp 18105G and i’m not satisfied with the sharpness...
Date published: 2018-05-08
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 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.
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-21
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 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 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
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