Yongnuo announces the 16mm f/1.8S DA DSM autofocus lens for Sony E mount APS-C
Yongnuo has announced the new Yongnuo YN 16mm f/1.8S DA DSM lens. This autofocus lens is available in both Nikon Z and Sony E mounts. The lens popped up on the Yongnuo website to absolutely no fanfare whatsoever, but it’s also available to pre-order in the USA for $288. It has a very minimal layout with just a single ring for focus, an AF/MF switch, a custom function button and a USB-C socket.
It features a quiet DSM stepper motor, which Yongnuo says offers “quick start-stop response, high focusing accuracy, smooth autofocus” that’s quiet enough to use for video. The Yongnuo website only lists the lens as being available for Sony E mount, although B&H lists it as being available for both Nikon Z and Sony E. There’s no dropdown list on the pre-order page, so I think it’s probably just Sony E for now. Amazon agrees.
The lens was initially teased a month or so ago, but the final specs and availability only seem to have been published now. As you’d expect from Yongnuo, it’s a fairly basic and inexpensive lens at only $288. It’s also fairly lightweight at only 273g and pretty plasticky looking. The samples shown off by Yongnuo, though, seem to present a pretty decent image quality – at least when it comes to video and timelapse.
Yongnuo says it supports both autofocus and manual focus, with a switch on the side to quickly flick between the two. Lenses feature nano-multi-layer coating to improve light transmittance and press backlight ghosts and flare. It uses an internal focusing system for optimum AF performance and aspherical, low-dispersion and ultra-low dispersion elements suppress chromatic aberration and other optical issues.
|Angle of view
|10 elements in 8 groups
|Min focus distance
|64 x 69mm
Near the mount end is a USB-C port, allowing users to upgrade the lens firmware as new ones become available. There’s also a custom function button next to the AF/MF switch that allows you to quickly recall special functions of your camera at the literal push of a button. The wide f/1.8 aperture lets you shoot in low light and the fact that it’s so wide means that you’ll still get a pretty deep depth of field once you focus more than a few feet away. A 7-blade aperture provides a 14-point starburst effect when shooting with light sources in the scene.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.