Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Last updated (05 August’10):
- Review by Kurtmunger

The Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye features 16mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 11 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 180 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 8.4″ (213mm) and has built-in filters. The Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens weighs 14.1 ounces and it measures 2.91 inches in diameter and 2.64 inches long.

Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Reviews

Kurtmunger reviews the Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye and writes;
“This is a pretty easy lens to use, and due to the “fun factor” you don’t have to worry about sharpness, distortion, and all the other stuff that has little to do with making a good picture, just make sure you focus on the intended subject, or manually focus, which I always do when using an ultra-wide lens.”
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User Opinions

Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye User Reviews

Good Wide Angle | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is expensive, but, is well worth the price. I bought it for my A380, but have also used it on my old A100. Images come out crisp, but, i’ve noticed a few shots that should have been in focus, but were not. Otherwise, this is a solid piece of glass to purchase for yourself!” – by DanS

Sony’s Fisheye | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you have a high end Sony DSLR with a full frame 35 mm equiv. processer size chip it will be great. If you don’t, pass on this one and buy a Sigma or a Bower that is made for the asc-p size of image chip. That’s what I did and I have taken some great full 180 degree fisheye pics..” – by lvoldschoolnewbie2

Sony at its best | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is very effective glass, unbelievable sharp and captures great rendition, very cute size to enjoy, it is now always on my camera, don’t feel like changing to earlier (sigma20-40) wide angles..” – by Kishansinh Gohil

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Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye User Manual

- Download Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye User Manual (PDF – 551kb)

Features & Specifications

Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Specifications

Get a fascinating perspective on landscapes, cities, crowds, and special events with the Sony SAL-16F28 16mm fisheye lens. Designed for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras, the unique lens offers a 180-degree angle of view and extraordinary corner-to-corner sharpness. As a result, the lens achieves crisp, clear detail from roughly 8 inches to infinity, with an exaggerated perspective and intriguing visual distortion that’s beyond the ability of the human eye. When mounted on a Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, it provides a 110-degree angle of view with a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent). The lens also offers built-in filters that can be selected by simply rotating a dial on the lens, including normal, 056 for accented contrast in black-and-white photos, B12 to correct color by eliminating red tones, and A12 to correct color by eliminating blue tones.


* Focal length: 16mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Minimum aperture: f/22
* Aspheric elements: No
* Aperture blades: 7
* Depth of field: Yes
* Distance scale: Yes
* Filter diameter: Integrated
* Lens construction: 11 elements in 8 groups
* Lens type: Wide angle, fisheye
* Magnification: 0.15x
* Minimum focusing distance: 8.4 inches
* Dimensions: 2.94 inches in diameter and 2.62 inches long
* Weight: 14 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year

See also: Carl Zeiss/Sony | Lens Reviews

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