NEX 16mm + Digital zoom = Excellent normal lens

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theinfernal
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NEX 16mm + Digital zoom = Excellent normal lens
Jun 8, 2010

The 16mm f2.8 NEX is an average wide-angle lens, but I also believe it can serve as an excellent 'normal' lens.

Its centre is extremely sharp. The trouble arises at the corners, where it starts suffering softness, CA and barrel distortion. If we crop out these edges, we are essentially digitally zooming into a 'normal' focal length with excellent optical qualities.

This is a comparison page between the 16mm NEX and the Olympus 17mm of the m43 system: http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/widget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=87,59&fullscreen=true&av=3.667,3.667&fl=16,17&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF,VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&&config=LensReviewConfiguration.xml%3F2

The NEX 16mm is much better than the Oly 17mm at the centre. At the edges, the NEX is indeed optically bad, but it's nevertheless better than the Olympus 17mm which cannot display these edges in the first place due to its crop factor.

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