seems almost too good to
A somewhat pocket-able APS-C sized sensor, interchangeable lens camera
coupled with a 24mm f/2.8 equivalent lens. I jumped on the idea and had
to test it out. Thus we have the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens on the
I'll keep it short: Pocket-able? Barely, only if
wearing a jacket. It's too large to fit comfortably in pant pockets,
and even it a jacket its presence is obvious. Performance? It's good if
you treat it like a f/5.6 lens. Performance is simply dismal at f/2.8.
For Nikon users an easy
get an idea of its size, the Nex 5 and 16mm f/2.8 next to the Nikkor
In nice light it can
rival a dSLR.
Sony Nex-5, Sony 16mm
1/800s f/5.6 ISO 400
A quick 100% crop shows decent detail.
Sony Nex-5, Sony 16mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/5.6 ISO 400
Of course even some
compacts are close to rivaling SLRs in bright light. So how does this
combination perform in tough situations? Unfortunately, rather
dismally. Of course the internet is a tough place to
real image quality.
Nice lighting, but dark so the
camera and lens are being pushed to their full extent.
Sony Nex-5, Sony 16mm f/2.8 @ 30" f/2.8 ISO 3200
Looks ok online, but how about a 100% center crop?
There is some star movement from the long exposure, but the tree
retains remarkably little detail.
Out of curiosity I had to go back and try the shot with a different
camera and lens. Lighting wasn't nearly as good.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 28mm f/2 @ 20" f/2.8 ISO 6400
The real difference shows at 100%. Oh yes, some texture in the tree and
Noise levels are pretty similar in the sky, stars less blurred because
of a shorter exposure.