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Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Sony E-Mount
  • 24-105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
  • Circular Aperture Design
  • Metal Lens Barrel
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The Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is a mid-range zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-105mm, covering wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives. A constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is especially beneficial when working with greater zoom magnifications in low-light conditions. Also benefitting working in dim light or at the long end of the zoom range is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which serves to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps.

The optical construction incorporates four aspherical elements to help reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range as well as contribute to a compact overall form-factor. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to the lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting while providing enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity.

Mid-range zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-105mm, covering wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives.
Constant f/4 maximum aperture enables greater consistency throughout the zoom range and benefits working in dim conditions with longer focal lengths.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps to benefit shooting handheld in dim lighting and with greater zoom magnifications.
Four aspherical elements helps to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also maintaining a compact form-factor.
Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating enhances contrast, clarity, and color reproduction by countering the effects of lens flare and ghosting.
Metal lens barrel increases durability and adds a refined aesthetic appearance.
Performance
Focal Length 16 - 70mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 105 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 62° - 23.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' (35 cm)
Magnification 0.23x
Elements/Groups 16/12
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.62 x 2.95" (66.6 x 75 mm)
Weight 10.86 oz (308 g)
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH127 Lens Hood
  • Lens Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyVario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (32)
    • Durable (21)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Reliable (16)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (27)
      • Travel (25)
      • Landscape photography (21)
      • Portraits (20)
      • Landscape/scenery (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (17), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (9), Professional (6), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (48)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The missing link

      This is just the lens I've been waiting for for my Nex7. It takes that camera to the next level in terms of usefulness for landscape photography. I would buy it just for the...Read complete review

      This is just the lens I've been waiting for for my Nex7. It takes that camera to the next level in terms of usefulness for landscape photography. I would buy it just for the extended range over the kit lens, but when you throw in that it's better quality overall that clinches it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      nice lens but...

      I got it yesterday and tested it indoors and outdoors.
      The lens produces very nice pictures with rich colours and amazing contrast that I've never seen with my other Nex lenses. It's...Read complete review

      I got it yesterday and tested it indoors and outdoors.
      The lens produces very nice pictures with rich colours and amazing contrast that I've never seen with my other Nex lenses. It's not the sharpest lens ever, in comparison with my 10-18 it is noticeably inferior, but it's, without a doubt, a strong performer... if you got a good copy. Mine occasionally loses connection with my Nex6 camera and warns that lens is not properly connected. This never happened with my other lenses, I gently wiped the contacts but it did not not help much. During zooming, the screen darkens and takes time to refocus and get the normal brightness. Looks like the quality control department approved bad copies... very unfortunate. I'm sending it back.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not quite worth it

      By Royl

      from Lafayette LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

        I bought this lens with very high expectations. I have the a6000, and this seemed the perfect match. It nearly is. Size, weight, build quality, smooth operation, fast and accurate AF. What more could you want? Most important, better performance on the long end. It is already f4 so you certainly want good wide open performance. It is decent at moderate to long distance, but within six or seven feet I did not like it. But all the other attributes add up to four stars because quite simply Sony doesn't have anything else for the a6000 that comes anywhere close. You almost have to buy it. However, I returned mine to B&H because I don't feel it is worth the price. I will eventually get a used one because this is the only mid-range zoom I would use.

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        5.0

        Great for travel

        By Mom2arms

        from SF bay area

        Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

        This lens is perfect for our family trip to DC. It yields clear and beautiful pics, both of scenery and people. It will most likely be my main lens for the new camera.

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        5.0

        Perfect match with my Sony a6000

        By Viking

        from Doha, Qatar

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

          It worked well during my trip to Italy and I was able to shoot almost everything with it.
          I almost never missed any shot during my trip, except for an UWA lens to get everything in.
          Sharpness and AF worked really good and microcontrast was also on high level.
          I tried before a Sony 18-200mm but I was dissapointed with the sharpness and AF speed. This one is not AF speed demon but it's quite good.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          tight lens

          By Rockin T Star

          from Northern VA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

          Very nicely made. It is very high. No shake rattle and roll. Image quality is great too. I was debating if its worth to spend the money on this. I'm totally glad that I did.

          The focus ring is butter smooth (focus by wire). and the zooming is nice too.
          One note. Because its tight construction the zooming is bit stiff. If you want to do smooth zoom during movies, that will be slightly jerky.

          The OSS works nicely. It is subtle meaning if you shoot video, you won't see the image "floating" around like the older image stabilization lens. This gives a video more natural handhold look.

          I just wish that there was more of a separation between the zoom and focus ring. Because they are relatively smooth, its hard to feel where the zoom ring ends and the focus ring begins. No biggie.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well made sharpie

          By Fotografer

          from Chester County, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

            I've used this lens for close-up, landscape, studio still life, and macro (with Kenko extension tubes). Images are sharp on a6000 body. OSS works great. Constant f/4. I now use it for nature photography handheld that I previously did with big Nikon DSLR on tripod. This lens is worth the $$$.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pricey But The Best Perfection.

            By CDK

            from Prescott Valley, Arizona

            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

            When using this lens 16-70 Zeiss lens with the Sony A6000 you have a combination that is a third the cost of a L camera with really good quality images.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Hamid

            from NJ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

              very sharp.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perhaps the best e-mount APS-C zoom lens

              By thoots

              from Oregon

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                    First thing, I should mention that I wasn't very satisfied with the first lens I received, so I returned it for another one. B&H could not have possibly done a better job with the exchange -- they did an absolutely wonderful job with the exchange process.

                    The second lens was much, much better than the first, and it was more than entirely acceptable. I have been happily shooting with it ever since I received it, and I've been very happy with the results.

                    Yes, it is expensive, but there just isn't anything like it for the APS-C E-mount. In the end, it's an excellent lens that produces great results, and it was well worth its cost, so me.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quality Product

                    By Nick

                    from Cliffside Park ,NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                      Nice lens fast autofocus, nice contrast feels very good

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      simply perfect

                      By Freddy

                      from Santa Cruz, CA

                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                      Although this lens was twice as much as my a6000 body without it the camera is naked. Perfect size and balance, this combination brings the quality to a level that would cost 5 times as much, so it is actually a super bargain for what it is. Love this combination and one handed street photography like never before is possible. Quality is sharp and Crisp , does not auto focus as rapidly in the extreme focal lenghts, but you get around it.
                      So if you have an a6000 don't hesitate. I got mine used and couldnt tell the difference. Thank you B&H

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                      5.0

                      Great

                      By Havnfn

                      from Oklahoma

                      Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                      Quality

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                      5.0

                      glad I did not get the kit lens

                      By murwill

                      from Denver Co

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                          I love the glass on this lens. It's been amazing on my A6000

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                          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Absolutely beautiful!!!

                          By Buds

                          from Miillani, Hawaii

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                            This is the BEST lens ever! I have other lens, but this is the only lens from now on. Some of these pictures were taken on the "fly" on a bus tour. Absolutely beautiful! This is used lens that looked brand new. Treat yourself, spend the money...you won't be sorry.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Well made lens

                            By Joel

                            from Park Ridge, NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                              If you have a NEX or alpha emount camera and want to upgrade the kit lens, or bought a body and want a better lens this lens will fit the bill. It is well constructed and tact sharp. Distortion is minimal, specially compared to the kit lens

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                              (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Best lens for SONY E-mount cameras

                              By charlie

                              from Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                Although I'm not a professional photographer, I do want to own good equipment. But I don't want to own a lot of prime lenses and wind up changing them in the field. So I opted for this 16-70mm (24-105 35mm equivalent) zoom lens. Yes - it's expensive. But it's less expensive than buying Sony's 16mm, 20mm, 24mm, 30mm, 35mm and 50mm primes. The lens is light weight, seems rugged, mounts easily, and provides excellent sharpness. Like with most zooms, I tend to not use it at its extremes. I don't, for example, shoot at 16mm or 70mm, and I don't shoot with it wide open (f/4) or stopped all the way down (f/22). I just nudge the controls a little bit to the left or right of these extremes and I get great results.

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                                4.0

                                A Zeiss or Sony??

                                By Jim K

                                from Colorado

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                  Still pretty new but it seems to be a terrific lens. It is a little concerning that it includes both Zeiss and Sony logos so it is unclear if this is a Carl Zeiss lens which of course you pay a premium for. I certainly would be disappointed if it wasn't a full quality Zeiss lens!!

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                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing lens

                                  By Alex

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                  Yes, it's expensive for an F4 lens, but there's nothing worse than spending a ton of money on a constant F2.8 lens only to find out that it's soft wide open. This lens is extremely sharp wide open at most focal lengths. The extreme wide end benefits from stopping down one stop but that's to be expected. If you want one single travel lens, this is the one to have.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Lens

                                  By Jeff

                                  from Chicago

                                  Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                  I purchased this lens as a walk around lens for my Sony a6000 (replacing the kit lens). It's sized perfectly for the camera and feels great in my hand. I have not done any formal testing with it as I did for my Sony Vario-Tessar 24-70, but so far all indications are that I have a good copy. Sharp across mid range and acceptable on the edges. You can expect the usual shortfalls common to zoom lens. Somewhat overpriced, I would buy it again.

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                                  5.0

                                  Match made in Heaven

                                  By Willy

                                  from NY,NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Would Be Better With 28

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                  Great Fit for Sony A-6000Light and less bulky than other E-mount glass with Zeiss coating makes images pop. Kind of expensive but quality glass usually is.

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                                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  A great versatile lens

                                  By Chuck

                                  from Metro NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens:

                                    Great for wide angle and portrait shots. Typical Zeiss...

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