Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Review
PhotographyBlog has completed its review of the Sony E 16-55mm F2.8G, the fast constant aperture lens for Sony's APS-C mirrorless cameras.
PhotographyBlog gives it a highly recommended rating with 4.5 out of 5 stars and breaks down the rating as;
|Value for money
The Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 has the following key features;
- Wide-to-portrait-length 16-55mm zoom is designed for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 24-82.5mm equivalent focal length range.
- Bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture enables greater control over depth of field and also suits working in difficult lighting conditions.
- Four aspherical elements, including two AA (Advanced Aspherical) elements, help to greatly reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to accurately render scenes with a high degree of sharpness.
- Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
- A Nano AR Coating has been applied to minimize surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
- An XD Linear Motor system provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control. An AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
- Customizable focus hold buttons are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
- Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
- Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.
- Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Image quality is excellent throughout the zoom range and across the image from centre to corner, even when shooting wide-open at the fast F2.8 maximum aperture, allowing you to keep the main subject pin-sharp and the background nicely blurred thanks to the 9-blade aperture.
The lens is also very usefully weather-sealed, another indication of its professional credentials, as is the customisable focus-hold button on the side of the lens barrel and the reassuringly solid build quality.
Auto-focusing proved to be very quick, unerringly reliable and almost completely silent, whilst manual focusing is also surprisingly intuitive thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s Linear Response MF feature.
Overall, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is a great addition to Sony's APS-C lens line-up that will please professional stills and movie shooters alike, albeit at a professional-level price point of £1200 / $1400.
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