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

You Pay: $998.00
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

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
Environmental
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
     
    4.6

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (27)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Durable (17)
    • Reliable (16)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (27)
      • Travel (25)
      • Landscape photography (21)
      • Portraits (20)
      • Home (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Professional (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (40)

      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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      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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        5.0

        Well made lens

        By Joel

        from Park Ridge, NJ

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        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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          5.0

          Best lens for SONY E-mount cameras

          By charlie

          from Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA

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          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

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            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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              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

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              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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              5.0

              A great versatile lens

              By Chuck

              from Metro NY

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              Verified Buyer

              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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                4.0

                Good Range and IQ

                By msolea

                from Porterville, CA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • General Purpose

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

                I would be nice if it went to 120mm or had a variable aperture with f/4 being the max. aperture, but with the same or better IQ. All is needed is a comparable 70-300mm lens.

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                5.0

                One of the best E-Mount Lenses

                By akito

                from Atlanta, GA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I prefer using this Lens 80% of the time, it is considerably lighter than the 18200 and has slightly better Image Quality.

                  I still use carry around the 18200 when I travel, just in case I need something with farther reach but most of my shots do not require it.

                  I think for the majority of people, this should be the first E-mount lens you get - or the pancake 16-50 if you are willing to lose some Image Quality for the convenience of being compact and lightweight (and also less expensive)

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                  5.0

                  Awesome walk-around lens

                  By SeaMarkie

                  from Seattle, WA

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                  Pros

                  • Crisp
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Street Photography
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

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

                    - Sharp, great detail in the photos
                    - Fits my A6000 perfectly, great size, light weight
                    - 16-70mm is a good range
                    - Much sharper than the 16-50mm Sony pancake, although it is quite a bit larger
                    - Is becoming the lens that lives most of the time on the camera when I am just out and about

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                    5.0

                    Terrific, compact lens

                    By gsghert01

                    from Chicago, Il

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Traveling

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

                      My first test was at a conservatory and the photographs were outstanding. I shoot a lot at car shows and have been pleased with those results too. Has great bokeh when shooting hood ornaments.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome lens! Difficult price!

                      By BRT

                      from Portland, Or

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Inconspicuous
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

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

                        Love this lens, it definitely gives me a great picture for both video and photo. So far I've used this lens on an sony a6000 to record a small segment in a professional cooking show, B-Cam on an extreme sport doc project, and as my go to walk around lens for basic street photography. The lens has delivered a beautiful image every time, great color and sharpness, it's fast when paired with the a6000 mirrorless cam... not much to complain about except the price. $[*] for an f4 constant ap is a bit hard to swallow, especially since it's built for an APS-C size and not a full frame sensor! The lens is really quite small, but sturdy, it has great build quality, easy to use but at the that price it should have been a f2.8 not a f4... That being said, the lens is absolutely worth $[*] (even at f4) and that's what I paid for it because I bought it in a package with my a6000. Definitely worth it for me!

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                        5.0

                        E 16-70 does not disappoint

                        By Jerry

                        from Colorado

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

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

                          I use the lens for travel and casual photography.

                          Contrast resolution and colors are typical of other Zeiss lens I have and produce excellent images. Would be nice if the price were better, but you get what you pay for.

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                          5.0

                          Initial Impressions are Great

                          By DLR the Landscape Photographer

                          from Fort Collins, CO

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

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

                            I bought this in a kit with the a6000 and I've had it about a week. I took a few sample pictures, a panorama and a movie. The resolution of the lens really shows up with this camera and responds to autofocus well in low light. I like how fast it can autofocus on stills and the way it gets so many varying depth of field points in focus around the picture so easily. The telephoto parts worked cleanly and easily and the metal outer casing had a good feel to it.

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                            4.0

                            Good match to A6000

                            By RocketS

                            from SC, USA

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

                            Light weight yet solidly built. Beautiful Zeiss color and contrast. Good sharpness for a 5x zoom lens.

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                            5.0

                            Amaz-a-balls!

                            By kdemp

                            from salt lake city

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Traveling

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

                              I love this lens! IT's awesome!

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                              4.0

                              solid, if expensive offering

                              By brn

                              from berkeley, ca

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

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

                                differing from the 16-50mm pancake kit lens, this lens:

                                - has little distortion (wide-end barrel distortion is so bad on the kit)
                                - has a bit more contrast and color pop (but not much)
                                - is pretty sharp out all the way out to 70mm
                                - can shoot macro type shots and bokeh-ish portraits (50-70mm f4)
                                - has a positive manual focus and zoom control (not the wonky by-wire in the kit)
                                - and is built better (but of course is not a tiny light pancake either)

                                but, imo, the kit is pretty good. it matches this lens in sharpness through much of its range (I was surprised in some testing i did). so, don't expect miracles if you going from the 16-50 kit. that lens is actually pretty good, within its limits.

                                that said, due to the longer range and constant f4, as well as the good performance at 16mm, this lens has given me shots that I would not have gotten with the kit. So, I'm glad I have it, and it is on the nex6 most of the time now.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Lens

                                By NEX Lover

                                from Sugar Land, TX

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use

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

                                I did a comparison with the lens that came with my NEX-6 and I thought both are the same. However, I then had the original Sony lens when I went to my trip noticed that lens has a little bit of distortion issue, especially taking portrait shots.

                                I have no such issue with this new lens.

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                                5.0

                                Sony vario-tessar 16-70mm lens

                                By David

                                from San Diego

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

                                This lens stays mounted on my camera always. Fast focus and quit small. The B&H guys are super. Shipping could be faster, but it is free.

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