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

(based on 37 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (22)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Reliable (16)
  • Durable (14)
  • 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)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (34)

    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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    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

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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

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                      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

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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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                            5.0

                            Perfect lens

                            By Shai

                            from Israel

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            perfect lens for my Sony Nex-7

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                            4.0

                            Very nice lens

                            By Dan

                            from Birmingham, Alabama

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits

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

                                I have had this lens for only a month or so, but my preliminary reaction is that is is very sharp and produces true & bright colors...but at a price

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                                5.0

                                Get this lense!

                                By Jay

                                from Los Angeles CA

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Studio
                                  • Traveling

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

                                  this is an excellent replacement for the kit lens - I highly recommend this and a nice prime lens for the Nex 7

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                                  5.0

                                  See previous review by Artichoke...Plus.

                                  By Artichoke

                                  from Princeton, NJ

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everything

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

                                    After a few weeks, this lens continues to satisfy w/NEX-7. It is sharp across the field and corners, well-built, smooth and easy to operate. This is especially gratifying after first receiving a defective one that B&H replaced immediately.

                                    The fixed f4 aperture is excellent at the tele extension. I will use this for everything...and I'm very picky about image quality.

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