Sony AF 16mm F2.8 FishEye A-mount lens review by alphaein

reviewer#10290 date: Jun-11-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-50 2.8 (A77 kit)
I find 16 fisheye better then that lens at 16mm Focal lenght.because the angle is wider, and distortion is pleasing to the eye.
price paid:RM2,000 2nd hand
positive:Great wide angle lens on APSC to capture subject and scene, Sharpness is superb close up, great for portraits. I've even done Pre weddings with this as the main lens for wide shots! that says alot. Contarary to common fisheye believe, this lens Distortion is pleasing and well within control (APSC)
Built is fairly good, used it under the rain,
negative:when focus to infinity focus ring does not go beyong infinity for focus fine tuning (A77 manual focus peek) so it could be sharper if it could be fine tuned beyond infinity by a bit. Film filters could have been updated with polarizers or ND filteres ! instead of colour tints...
comment:Worth evey penny, however lens requires knowledge of its character on distortion and limitation. Best lens to capture big scenes or excezerated reality. Best on FF.
Its a Novelty lens which some times gets used, and produces the kind of images that never look ordinary. Not sure the diffrence between the minotla ver vs SONY but I went with the SONY for better asthetics (fisheye wording) and newer coatings. not sure which is better the vinal cover (sony) or plastic cover (minolta). If u tried this Fisheye lens and liked it, I'm sure u'll have no regrets making good use of it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 13
  • sharpness: 4.65
  • color: 4.77
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.54
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.56 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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