Photos Taken with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 Lens

The Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens is fast and tiny, making it a very attractive option for travel photography. Here's a collection of travel photos to give a sense of how it performs under real-world conditions.
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Sample Images
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The Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens is fast and tiny, making it a very attractive option for travel photography. Its pancake design means that it projects less than an inch from the camera’s body. Mounted on an APS-C format body such as the a6500, the lens’s 16mm focal length becomes the equivalent of what a 24mm lens would be on a full-frame camera. And that happens to be the sweet spot for my personal tastes when it comes to fast primes.

Sony E 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens

In the hope that it might be useful to see how it performs and what kind of perspective it gives in real-world shooting, here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with this lens. They were all taken on a Sony a6500 body. I’ve included a range of apertures, although they’re heavily weighted towards large apertures—after all, if I’m using a fast lens, there’s a good chance I want to be using it wide open or close to that much of the time to take advantage of it. Otherwise, I might as well be using a slower (and often less expensive) lens.

These images were all shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom. I haven’t applied any of Lightroom’s corrections to them, such as the lens profile corrections for chromatic aberration or vignetting—but I did have the a6500’s automatic lens compensation feature enabled. So I’m not focusing as much on optical flaws as I normally would. So these are designed much less as a clinical lab test than to give a sense of what you can realistically expect to get out of the camera under real-world shooting conditions.

Sample Images Taken with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 Prime Lens

If you’d like a closer look, you can click on each image to open a full-size version.

Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/4.5 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/16 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/7.1 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/5.6 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/5.6 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500. Not taken while diving—it’s in an aquarium.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/5.6 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/4.5 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500. To be clear, this wasn’t taken underwater with a housing. It was taken of an aquarium.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/14 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/14 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/4 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/2.8 on a Sony a6500.
Sony 16mm f2.8 E-Mount Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens at ƒ/3.2 on a Sony a6500.

Where to Buy

You can find the Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 Lens at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon.

Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens for NEX Series Cameras
  • Lens not Zoomable. Footnotes:"35 mm equivalent focal length (APS-C)" and "Angle of View (APS-C)" are with...
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.8 ft (0.24 m)

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