This lens features an 83° field of view for enhanced low-light performance and quiet autofocus operation to help capture the perfect shot with Sony Alpha NEX E-mount cameras. Learn about different types of lenses ›
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Fast lens great for photos and video
Posted by: Bear64501 from: St. Joseph, MO on
I always buy from Best Buy, but had to buy this one elsewhere since Best Buy hadn’t started carrying it yet. I have had it for about a 1½ months now and am very happy with the performance.
This is the perfect lens if you buy the Sony NEX for its size. The lens is less than an inch thin so makes the camera seem a lot more stream lined than it does on with the 18-55mm kit lens.
Sony also makes a fisheye adapter for this lens so to add a fresh perspective to video or photos.
Also it is quite a bit faster than the kit lens at f/2.8 so low lit shots are no problem. Very sharp even around the edges. Makes the panorama mode look even better. Produces no noticable noise in the photo.
The fixed lens is great for video, and the auto focus works during video. Best of the 3 lenses Sony makes for the NEX when it comes to video
Hard to find filters for it, but same size as all other e-mount lens (49mm)… and that’s about it.
Overall great lens that isn’t expensive
Dear Best Buy, Please start carrying the 18-200mm lens for the NEX!
131 out of 142 found this review helpful.
Go wide or go home
Posted by: gdbrekke from: Portland, OR on
A lot of photographic knowledge goes into claiming "50mm is the standard field of view." I call bull! This 16mm lens (24mm in full-frame/35mm film world) is how I like to see the world - wide!
It's a prime lens so it's sharper than any zoom. Some people say it's soft in the corners, but I say 'meh.' I've owned $1700 Canon L lenses that are soft in the corners! Stop it down a bit and go out and use this lens - enjoy the perspective.
This is a great lens for exploring a new field of view with your Sony APC sensor camera. A great fit for my silver Sony a6000.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good little lens
Posted by: BigRJ from: Portland, ME on
Love this little lens for doing quick out and about shots. Remember that the focal equivalent on a 35mm puts this in the low 20s, so if your looking for a super wide angle either look elsewhere or pick up the high-def adapter that Sony makes for this lens. For quick and dirty wide angles, this works well in panoramic mode on my NEX-6. It doesn't feel as solid is some of Sony's other prime E-Mount lenses, but it doesn't feel as cheap as the Sigma lenses that are also popular for the NEX series. Significantly faster than the kit lenses too. All in all a great, relatively low priced lens that's always in my camera bag.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great for Low Light and Landscapes
Posted by: chroyaytch from: Wisconsin on
This lightweight lens has a sturdy construction and works great for Landscapes or for shooting in low light conditions. The image quality is clear and bright but softness and fringing occurs when shooting at f/2.8. Also it's so thin that I find it difficult to get a good grip while detaching it from the camera but once it detaches it can easily fit in a pocket.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great for those closeup bokehs
Posted by: jjchain from: Mexico City on
Great build quality, the image of the lens is very nice. Practical and secure caps. Buy an UV/Skylight filter to protect from scratches and enhance daylight photos. Fits perfectly on Sony Soft Carrying case with a Nex5r with 18-55mm lens, including flash and charger.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Decent Wide Angle Lens
Posted by: vzom from: on
I use this lens to take landscape photos on my Sony A6000. The lens does indeed take wide shots and I would say it's pretty crisp. I'm not an expert on photography so I can give a simpleton review. However I would definitely not use this for simple street photography because the lens will make objects seem small. Unless you're trying to achieve that look then go ahead. Though I feel as if the Ultra Wide Angle Converter is almost necessary to obtain an even cleaner, sharper photo look. Also if you want to take selfies, this is the lens for you!
Using this lens on the A6000 does make the camera look like a point and shoot therefore giving a compact look! The quality is pretty good and I expect it to last until I will get my next camera.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: FernandoSA from: Monterrey on
It's a good lens, incredible depth of field, but the focus is somewhat slow at times.
10 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: timahh from: seattle on
Bought this lens for mostly night shots and I also use it for general uses. I am shooting with the A6000 and it works very well. Night shots are crisp and clear. No distortion near edge of photos that I can see. (Note: no clear nights since I bought this, go figure. However the lens picked up stars between the cloud breaks and it was very clear, clouds, star, trees)
For the money this is an excellent lens. Hope Sony can start making f/1,2 lenses.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Chiquiqua from: Fulton MO on
Love it and it makes my camera Nex 5 so much smaller. It is my go to lens.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: zerb from: on
I picked up this lens as an open box deal and so glad I did! Great lens and fast delivery.