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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Zoom Lens

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Zoom Lens

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The Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens is a high-end fixed aperture f/2.8 zoom for crop sensor A6000-series cameras, which offers fast and accurate AF and excellent image quality for a huge variety of everyday subjects.


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  • Lightweight design of just 494g, yet boasts a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the versatile equivalent 24-82.5mm range
  • XD Linear Motor offers excellent response and low vibration for fast, precise, quiet AF when capturing stills and video
  • High resolution throughout the zoom range thanks to two AA lens, two aspherical elements, and three ED glasses
  • Well controlled aberrations, reduced flare and ghosting plus a Fluorine coated front element to reduce smears and dirt
  • Ideal for all sorts of styles, including travel, portraits, landscapes and any subjects which is relatively near in the frame
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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens Summary

With its fixed f/2.8 aperture throughout an extremely useful zoom range, the Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens is a premium Sony E mount lens for crop sensor A6000-series mirrorless Alpha cameras. When it launched, Sony highlighted its fast XD Linear Motor in the SEL1655G, high-resolution resolving power and lightweight design, which sits perfectly on mirrorless bodies like the a6400 and flagship a6700.

An elaborate optical design with special glass elements captures edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range, with a zoom range, which is ideal for portraits, landscapes, travel and video content.

Along with the bright f/2.8 aperture comes a 9-bladed aperture design, which renders beautiful bokeh and smooth defocus areas to highlight your subject. Whether capturing delicious food photography, nature or friends and family, you can draw attention to your subject with a shallow depth of field and lovely subject separation.


Sample image 01 at 19mm. Camera settings: 1/500 sec. f/2.8. ISO 400

What’s more, the bright aperture and lightweight design are ideal for handholding while shooting low light subjects, whether natural lit portraits, street photography or close-up wildlife and nature shots.

Image quality is further enhanced by Sony’s antireflective lens coating, plus a front element Fluorine coating, which complements the weather sealing and cements this as an excellent option for indoor and outdoor creators.

Key Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Features

  • Corner-to-corner resolution even at f/2.8
  • Special glass elements reduce chromatic aberration
  • Nano AR coating suppresses flare and ghosting
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Bright constant f/2.8 optics in a compact, lightweight lens weighing just 494g
  • Fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking with XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motor
  • Customisable focus hold button
  • Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control
  • Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Fluorine coated front element resists dirt and fingerprints

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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens (SEL1655G) in More Detail

Excellent image quality across the range

Two AA (advanced aspherical) and two aspherical elements suppress aberration for outstanding corner-to-corner G-Series lens resolution, while three ED (extra-low Dispersion) glass elements reduce chromatic aberration and colour bleeding to a minimum.

This helps the 16-55mm f/2.8 G lens to render high image quality throughout its zoom range, from close-up to infinity, and across all apertures, even when shooting wide open.

Sony’s Nano AR Coating also adds resistance to flare and ghosting for crisp contrast, while the 9-blade circular aperture contributes to smooth bokeh and soft out-of-focus areas in the image.


Sample image 02 at 19mm. Camera settings: 1/2000 sec. f/2.8. ISO 100

Compact, lightweight and portable

Compact, lightweight, and featuring a bright aperture, this lens boasts an optimised mechanical and optical design that results in a mere 494 gram weight. It's a versatile constant f/2.8 16-55 mm (24-82.5 mm full-frame equivalent) zoom lens, perfect for a variety of shots from portraits to daily captures. Paired with compact E-mount bodies, the zoom lens offers a highly portable and easy-to-manage system suitable for diverse photography needs.


Sample image 03 at 18mm. Camera settings: 1/500 sec. f/2.8. ISO 4000

Fast and precise focusing and tracking

Equipped with an advanced XD (eXtreme Dynamic) Linear Motor found in premium G Master lenses, this APS-C model ensures fast, precise autofocus and tracking. It leverages the camera body's speed capabilities to maintain focus on and accurately track even swiftly moving subjects. Additionally, its operation is extremely quiet, making it ideal for videographers who benefit from the consistent f/2.8 aperture without intrusive AF motor noise.


Sample image 04 at 19mm. Camera settings: 1/250 sec. f/3.2. ISO 6400

Professional control and reliability

This lens offers professional control and reliability, featuring a customisable focus hold button, an AF/MF mode switch, and Linear Response MF for enhanced control versatility and precision, ensuring shots can be captured even in demanding conditions. The front lens element benefits from a fluorine coating, repelling water and grime, while its construction is dust and moisture-resistant, allowing for confident use in tough outdoor settings.

What’s in the box

  • Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens for crop format cameras
  • Lens Hood ALC-SH261
  • Lens front cap ALC-F67S
  • Lens rear cap ALC-R1EM
  • Soft case


Sample image 05 at 16mm. Camera settings: 1/1000 sec. f/11. ISO 2500

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens Specifications


Sony E-mount



Focal-length (mm)


35mm Equivalent Focal-length (APS-C)


Lens Groups / Elements


Angle Of View (35mm)


Angle Of View (APS-C)


Maximum Aperture (F)


Minimum Aperture (F)


Aperture Blades


Circular Aperture


Minimum Focus Distance

0.33 m (1.09 ft)

Maximum Magnification Ratio (X)


Filter Diameter (mm)


Image Stabilization (Steadyshot)


Zoom System


Hood Type

Petal shape, bayonet type

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Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: Yes
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 73
Length (mm): 100
Weight (g): 19595
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 17
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 16 - 55 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: Yes
Groups: 12
Hood supplied: Yes
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 55
Maximum magnification: 0.2
Maximum aperture (number): 2.8
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 16
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 0.33
Minimum aperture (number): 22
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: Two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, two aspherical elements, three ED (extra-low dipsersion) elements. Fluorine coated front element.
Tripod collar: N/A
Lens type: N/A
Wide/Tele: N/A
Lens Level: N/A
Best For: N/A
Best For Holiday and Landscape: Yes
Best For Interior and Architecture: Yes
Best For Fashion and Portrait: Yes
Best For Macro and Still Life: Yes
Best For Astro: N/A
Best For Street: Yes
Best For Wildlife and Sport: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

The Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G Lens (SEL1655G) is a feat of optical engineering, designed exclusively for Sony's APS-C cameras. As a pro-level zoom lens, it offers a versatile 16-55mm focal length (24-82.5mm full-frame equivalent), making it perfect for a wide range of photography from landscapes and portraits to everyday snapshots. The constant f/2.8 aperture delivers outstanding image quality and depth of field control across the entire zoom range, enabling beautiful bokeh effects and superior performance in low light conditions.

Equipped with Sony’s advanced XD Linear Motor technology, the SEL1655G achieves fast, precise autofocus and seamless subject tracking, helping to capture sharp images even with fast-moving subjects. This lens is not just about optical excellence however, it's also built for professional use with a customisable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, and Linear Response MF for intuitive, precise control even in challenging environments.

Durability is also a key feature, with a dust and moisture-resistant design and a fluorine-coated front element to withstand harsh conditions and keep the lens performing at its best. Lightweight at just 494g, and compact, it’s an ideal choice for photographers seeking pro-level performance in a portable package. The Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G Lens is a testament to quality and versatility for APS-C camera users.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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