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SonyVario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (24)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Reliable (16)
  • Durable (15)
  • Sharp (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (27)
    • Travel (25)
    • Landscape photography (21)
    • Portraits (20)
    • Home (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (9), Professional (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    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

    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

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    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

    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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      4.0

      Good Range and IQ

      By msolea

      from Porterville, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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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              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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                      4.0

                      Soft Lens

                      By Chrly294

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Traveling

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

                        I purchased this lens hoping to use it as a general walkaround lens in lieu of a 35mm + 50mm prime combination for my Sony A7. I found that while the image quality was 85% of the way to the fixed primes, I definitely noticed it when looking at the images afterwards. I decided to return the lens and stick with the primes.

                        Having said that, the lens was very sturdy and felt very well made with very little play, even fully extended.

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                        5.0

                        Vast improvement

                        By imagczar

                        from New Hampshire

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

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

                          A vast improvement over the 'kit' lens on the NEX7. Sharper, a larger zoom range and a constant F4 all make for a wonderful package. I am impressed with the quality and speed of the Auto Focus. I wish they had offered this much sooner!

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                          5.0

                          I love this lens

                          By Xilipete

                          from San Jose, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Great all in one lens, unless you want to photo birds and anything outside of the 70mm range.
                            Great sharpness and color saturation.
                            Fast auto zoom too.
                            Make sure that you update the camera firmware for this lens.

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                            5.0

                            Well-built, small, sharp-I like it

                            By Sabre36

                            from Boston, MA

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

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

                              Because of the cost, I read as much as I could about this lens (there weren't many reviews, to date) and was nearly frightened away by complaints and hearsay -- comparisons were made with the mediocre kit lens, focus was de-centered, or that it suffered from poor quality control. Nevertheless, I purchased this used from B&H and fully expected the worst.

                              But to my surprise and delight, the lens has been terrific. I like the size & versatility of the range. I leave this lens on 80% of the time, at least outdoors. I have since sold most of my primes except two (24mm Zeiss and 50mm legacy lens) for low light. On a trip to the Caribbean, I took a number of shots with the 24mm and with this lens. And yes, the 24mm prime was better, but not significantly and not enough to make the case for primes for outdoor shots. The lens is too slow for indoor use unless you use a tripod which I do sometimes.

                              Frankly, if this lens had been available from the start, I think it might have saved me from buying and selling so many primes. After 2 months of use, I like this lens a lot.

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