Hoping to get some advice on whether my lens is bad (or just my abilities are)

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Hoping to get some advice on whether my lens is bad (or just my abilities are)
Jul 2, 2013

I have owned the 16mm f/2.8 (SEL16F28) lens since I bought my NEX-5N about 18 months ago. I am a complete novice at interchangeable lens cameras and photography.

Having said that, I have basically never used the lens, because I could never get photos to look decent. Whenever there is any kind of light, the image around the light looks "fuzzy," or far from sharp.

Recently, I saw some examples of photos taken with this lens on this forum and I was blown away by how good they looked, so I decided to give it another go. Here is an example. I still see the halo or glow around the areas that are well lit.

Has my lens been a lemon all along? Or I am just not taking into consideration the impact of the lighting on my shots? Any ideas or thoughts would be tremendously appreciated.

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