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Showcase Sony E 16mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Who has this lens and some photos to share?
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
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  3. Travisennis

    Travisennis TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jasper, Indiana
    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.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/travisennis/6032184672/" title="West Baden Springs Hotel by travisennis, on Flickr"> View attachment 23771 "426" height="640" alt="West Baden Springs Hotel"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/travisennis/6031629321/" title="West Baden Springs Hotel by travisennis, on Flickr"> View attachment 23772 "426" height="640" alt="West Baden Springs Hotel"></a>
  4. navinmahabir

    navinmahabir New to TalkEmount

    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.




    Ella barn.
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  5. jtso

    jtso New to TalkEmount

    Aug 30, 2011
    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.
  6. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    I'm kinda happy I've bought the 2 lens kit, although I had to wait 6 weeks for it 'cos it wasn't available anywhere when the NEX-5 came out..

    I just looked into my library and had to admit that I hardly ever used it ... Well, here at least two shots I got at the beginning. I really like the lens. It's compact, well build and gives the pictures a unique look, so although it's not about sharpness, it does pretty well for most compositions and it's going to be good enough for most of the NEX-3/5-shooters out there. And hey, you were able to get it for 100 bucks with the double lens kit. ;) 

  7. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    Williamsburg, VA

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

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

    View attachment 24001

    NEX-5    E 16mm F2.8    16mm    f/2.8    1/30s    ISO 1600

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

    JJJPhoto TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    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.
  9. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    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.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48126456@N05/6285317895/" title="SEL16F28 1 Landscape by Poki5, on Flickr"> View attachment 24164 "1024" height="682" alt="SEL16F28 1 Landscape"></a>

    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!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48126456@N05/6285838928/" title="SEL16F28 3 by Poki5, on Flickr"> View attachment 24165 "1024" height="682" alt="SEL16F28 3"></a>

    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.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48126456@N05/6285843156/" title="SEL16F28 4 by Poki5, on Flickr"> View attachment 24166 "1024" height="682" alt="SEL16F28 4"></a>

    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:


    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.
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    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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  11. olli

    olli TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 16, 2011
    Washington DC
    Turns out I'm not the only person in Tbilisi with a NEX. I came across another expat who has the NEX-5 with the two lens kit. So I borrowed his 16 and took a few shots.

    DSC02346 by ...olli..., on Flickr

    DSC02334 by ...olli..., on Flickr

    DSC02316 by ...olli..., on Flickr

    DSC02362 by ...olli..., on Flickr​

    As is usual most of the internet whining turns out to be just that - a lot of whining. Seems like a very decent lens to me. Might even get one.
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Great color. Really well done series, Olli. I agree too that the lens is a good one.
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    My house is in the distance just above home plate:


    I like this lens for family shots at close quarters:

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  14. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
  15. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    I see some great shots here.

    I am hoping to pick up a 16mm and 18-200mm this year.
  16. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    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.
  17. yunfat

    yunfat TalkEmount Rookie

    Dec 23, 2011
    the lake at pen-y-pass

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  18. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    yes, it is a bit but the very bright sky, plus the wheel being in the shade made it a so.
  19. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Very nice photos all
  20. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Rail Bridge at Dawn

    NEX-5N    ---    16mm    f/8.0    1/640s    ISO 800

    16mm f8 1/160 ISO-Auto
    Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop
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