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Amin Sabet

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I think this lens is better than its reputation. Here's one at f/6.3 on NEX-5:

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full resolution file for pixel peeping: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asabet/6030457071/sizes/o/in/photostream/
 

Travisennis

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It's not a bad lens at all. These two pictures were taken in rather dim-light, so they aren't tack-sharp, regardless I was pleased with the results.

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navinmahabir

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Nex-3, 16mm samples

The online reviews don't give this lens a lot of credit, but I find in the real world it does rather well. It's not highest resolving lens, but distortion is very well controlled (unlike the standard kit lens) and it gives a unique perspective - one that seems to match the APS-C sensor size well. Except for the dog pic, these are all shot in JPEG with the toy filter on the Nex-3; brightness, contrast, and unsharp mask adjustments in Photoshop.

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jtso

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Kinda wish I bought the 2 lens set instead of just 18-55mm kit. I guess I will wait for another pancake to come out.
 

serhan

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NEX-5    E 16mm F2.8    16mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 200


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NEX-5    E 16mm F2.8    16mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 200


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NEX-5    E 16mm F2.8    16mm    f/7.1    1/30s    ISO 800
 

JJJPhoto

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The 16mm is my main lens on the NEX-3. Wide open it isn't as sharp from corner to corner (and it doesn't render as "harsh") as other pancakes like the Panasonic 14mm or 20mm lenses on m4/3 cameras. However, the 16mm sharpens up very nicely when you stop down to f/4 or f/5.6.

This lens has really grown on me. When I first bought it I was disappointed because it wasn't as tack sharp wide open as my other pancake lenses, but the more I use it the more I realize it's a very convenient and fun lens.
 

Poki

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Like I said some weeks ago, I haven't used it much past year. So I decided today to go out and shoot something with it. One reason was that I'm not plan to take the kit zoom with me as soon as I got the 50mm, but for the moments I need a wider lens, the 16mm could do the job, and it's small enough to fit in every pocket. Well, the results aren't as good as I hoped, but judge by yourself.

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This is the only picture today I'm happy with. To be fair, the light conditions weren't good (I was a bit too late) and it was just a short trip. What you can see even in the resized version: The corner sharpness isn't good at all - stopped down at f/7.1!

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Again stopped down to f/7.1. It isn't absolutely sharp even in the center, but center performance is okay for it's price. As far as I saw on many pictures, chromatic aberrations are well controlled.

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Here's what you get wide open at f/2.8. Bokeh isn't good by any meaning, but it has character to me. Here's a 100%-crop of the image above:

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It's a 100% crop, so judge by yourself. What do you think?

As always, taken using the NEX-5 and post processed via Aperture 3.
 

Amin Sabet

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I prefer 28mm equivalent to 24mm equivalent, but I'm finding the NEX 16 to be more versatile than I thought it would be. Just a couple snaps of my boys taken in a Korean grocery store with the NEX-C3 and 16/2.8:

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Amin Sabet

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My house is in the distance just above home plate:

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I like this lens for family shots at close quarters:

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serhan

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Olli, I like the colors and composition as Amin said. Very nice lens for those street shots.

Amin, B&W shots is priceless:) The plate shot is nice to show the environment. I see that NG photographers use it a lot with animal shots to show the environment/tell the story in one shot.

Macjim, nice shot also. However, the main subject looks darker on my screen, maybe needs a little highlighting.
 

yunfat

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the lake at pen-y-pass

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Dioptrick

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Rail Bridge at Dawn

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16mm f8 1/160 ISO-Auto
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