why has the 16mm f2.8 got such a bad rep?

Started Jul 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
GaryW
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Re: why has the 16mm f2.8 got such a bad rep?
In reply to parallaxproblem, Jul 30, 2013

parallaxproblem wrote:

dholl wrote:

it's a cheap, maybe the cheapest AF lens for NEX

Cheapest you can buy it here is $330, which isn't cheap at all by my standards. Look at Sigma if you want to see good, cheap AF lenses for NEX

Brand-new here is $250, making it Sony's cheapest Nex lens by far.

...Generally, the IQ when stopped down is relatively decent, good clarity & colours...easily as good as kit zooms.

Can't agree on this, I find the 18-55 much better in terms of IQ

When I compared against my 18-55, by about f4, things were starting to flip to the favor of the 16mm.  Stopped-down, the 16mm had more contrast and more detail to my eyes, and the soft corners start to clean up.

What have I missed in this story?

Quality control... many of these E16/2.8 lenses appear to be decentered, which is very...

This could be a reason for a bad rep.

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