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

Started Jul 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
boardsy Senior Member • Posts: 2,215
Re: Part of it is... the language from reviewers...

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

Sonyshine wrote:

It seems to be fashionable to bash Sony Nex lenses but I have this lens and the wide angle adapter and enjoy using it!

Nice shots by the way!

Note the difference (both from Photozone), for 24mm (FF) FOV:

Sony 16mm:

"The Sony lens produces a slight amount of pincushion distortion (~0.6%) which is usually not objectionable in field conditions"

Canon 24mm f/1.4 USM LII:

"The lens generates slight to moderate barrel distortion (~1.4%) which is pretty good for a moderate ultra-wide angle lens."

Good catch! People seem to love bashing this lens, which even in their tests shows reasonably good central sharpness, despite the corner fall-off (as much due to field curvature as anything - did making a 16mm so small require the very convex front element which might cause that?).

Its performance/flare control/distortion/UWA & fisheye adaptability/fast focus/price/size/weight/speed combination are great!

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