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

Started Jul 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: You need to know the history
In reply to Mike Fewster, Jul 30, 2013

Mike Fewster wrote:

This lens was released with the very first Nex cameras. On those models, the lens had very soft corners. The reviews of the new camera and Nex at the time duely pointed this out and marked the lens down, although most said it was very good in the centre. Those reviews are still the reviews that people read when they look for evaluation of this lens.

These reviews are less than accurate on two grounds. The lens had highly variable performance with some copies much better than others. Clearly a quality control issue at Sony. Later releases of the lens tended to be considerably better. More importantly, on later Nex models, Sony changed the micro lenses in the camera and this made a significant difference to the edges.

There you have it, a later build lens on one of the later Sony models is much better than its reputation and an absolute bargain.

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Mike Fewster
Adelaide Australia

True enough.

Additionally, put any one of the 16's, new or old, onto a NEX-3/5 model and you get bad corners. Then put the same lens with a newer NEX body with distortion correction, etc. and the photos are improved.

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