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

(based on 99 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (50)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Durable (32)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Everyday (27)
  • Travel (26)
  • Landscape photography (21)
  • Portraits (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (9), Professional (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74)

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

 

Not worth the money

I had high hopes for this lens, but ultimately it was a huge let down. It's unfortunate. The lens is the perfect size, constant aperture, great zoom range, great build quality,...Read complete review

I had high hopes for this lens, but ultimately it was a huge let down. It's unfortunate. The lens is the perfect size, constant aperture, great zoom range, great build quality, etc.... however it's optical performance was less than stellar. Both the left and right edges of the frame were incredibly blurry. I love Sony cameras but the quality control on their lenses makes me rethink my decision to switch from Canon to Sony. I have bought 3 Sony lenses now and they ALL have been decentered, being incredibly blurry on one side of the frame, or both.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great lens

By will

from MA

Verified Reviewer

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

you won't be disappointed

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Compliment to the a6300

By Scot

from Orange, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this along with the a6300 and it does a great job at complimenting the body. I haven't tried out any other lenses, but from quite a bit of online research this is THE lens to pair with the a6300.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great replacement lens to the kit 16-50

By Ron

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens was a replacement for the kit 16-50mm on my a6000, and so far the results are fantastic. There are countless reviews on this lens and yes, it's expensive, but if you can justify the price, its an excellent upgrade from the 16-50. I'm finding the image quality far superior in color, contrast and sharpness to the 16-50. It is heaver, but still compact and fits very well on the a6000. If you're looking for a great walk around lens and upgrade, I think this is the way to go.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens in compact form factor

By Chris H.

from Stamford, CT

Verified Buyer

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

I am very pleased with this lens. The image quality is quite good, it has a highly responsive autofocus and it is quite compact...in keeping with my a6300.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile lens for my a6300

By Chris H.

from Stamford, CT

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

So far my experience with this lens had been great. Quality images in a compact, versatile form factor consistent with the a6300's body. A bit pricey, but it's worth it as the lens I will be using 85% of the time.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good lens with a6000

By Dom C

from Sedona, AZ

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

This lens was not available for several months. I ordered it the day it was back in stock. Due to some complains of misalignment, I tested it the day I received it. I shot a grid pattern with the lens wide open at 16, 25, 40 and 70mm. At 16mm the lines at the very left and right edges were slightly soft. Nothing that bothered me. There was also a little geometric distortion and some chromatic distortion at the edges. Nothing that cannot be addressed. No problems at 25, 40 and 70 mm.
I have also done a few test shots of landscapes. Very good details and contrast.
It is a very good lens and great match for the a6000. Compact and light weight.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sony nex7 lens

By Golfingrn

from NYC

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

I purchased this lens to replace the original kit lens. This lens gave me a little more flexibility in the pictures I have been taking, as I walk the city and take cityscapes. The quality of the glass in this Ziss lens is all I expected . I'm very happy with the purchase.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I will recomend this lenses to a friend.

By ralpolon

from Mexico City

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent definition at all apertures. It should be little faster, is F4, but for the price is OK.
With excellent ISO of the Sony E 6300 at high numbers, this problem is not very relevant.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Zeis All the Way

By mar685

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp, sharp, sharp. What more can you say!

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By GN

from Ottawa, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I write a review for the E 16-70 F4 after more than one year living with it. My first impression with this lens was not very positive because this lens is not as sharp as the E 35mm F1.8 and E 50mm F1.8 when I tested against test chart. However, this E 16-70 really surprised me a lot in Mexico and many other events. In real life, the E16-70 is very sharp and has high contrast and very good color. This lens sometimes take better picture than the E 35mm due to "Zeiss" pop. Yes, the E16-70 does have "Zeiss pop" although it is less than the more expensive Zeiss lens. I now fall in love with this lens and I use it more than the E 35mm in good light.

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    (4 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Waste of Money

    By Andyjaggy

    from Utah

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

    I've used a lot of lenses over the years and this was one of the worst lenses I have owned. On paper it looked like it was everything you could want and more. Great zoom range, constant aperture, no extending barrel, nice compact size with good build quality, etc.... However when it came down to it the optical quality was seriously lacking. Both right and left sides of the frame were super blurry, even for a non pixel peeper. So bad it was visible even when viewing it at 15% in Photoshop. It is possible my copy suffered from some serious quality control problems ( ridiculous for a 1,000 dollar lens), but just try to figure out how to send a lens into Sony for a repair. Good luck! This was my 3rd Sony lens and they have all suffered from very bad decentering issues and severe blurring in the corners and edges.

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    5.0

    All round great elns

    By opal

    from mendocino county, ca

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • All-in-one Option
    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I have had this lens for almost 2 years, and it is excellent. I have one other lens, and they take turns living on my a6000 camera. I love how light weight it is. The IQ is so good, and the APS-C sensor so large, that cropping deep into an image still yields sharp results. Thus, I haven't felt the need to buy a (heavy and expensive) telephoto zoom.

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      4.0

      Mid-range zoom on a6000

      By webdog

      from Spokane Valley,WA

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

      This camera handles and balances well on my a 6000. The zoom operates smoothly with just enough resistance. The photos I've taken thus far have been clear and crisp. The camera said the lens was unable to use eye lock on focus. I need to remember to use a circular polarizing filter as this lens gathers a lot of light. About a half a stop of compensation would help too. I will try some moving subject shots in the future.

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      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      too soft to Zeiss

      By DizzyD

      from New York

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

        I was rather disappointed with the lens, and returned it since there was a strange jump happening whenever i manually turned the lens to zoom. It was also rather soft and i realize that Zeiss did only the coating (which explains it all, except the price). At first I thought I got a dud and would order the same lens again with better luck, but now I'm rethinking this plan....

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great all-around lens for my a6000

        By ocdmachine

        from Central TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          With a crop body camera the 24-105 zoom is about perfect for an all-around lens and nice for travel. I have the 24-105L for my Canon 6D and rarely go outside those zoom ranges. Took this lens and a6000 on trip to the Holy Land and rarely wished I had a different lens. If I needed more zoom I could just crop the photo and have satisfactory results. Very happy with low light performance of this combination. As much as I still love my Canon 6D, I find myself using the a6000 majority of time due to light weight and IQ that I feel is pretty darn close to 6D full-frame performance.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OUTSTANDING CLARITY AND COLOR

          By RICHARD

          from GLENDALE, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            ZEISS LENSES ARE AMONG THE BEST. THIS LENS IS FANTASTIC.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great glass

            By BC

            from Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I'm just getting started with this lens, but all is well thus far. I've used Zeiss lenses since 1953 when my dad bought a Contessa 35 with Zeiss Ikon glass so I've been partial for a long time.

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              (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great lens if you get a good copy

              By Mediator

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I have a SONY NEX-7. I bought the identical Hasselblad labeled version of this lens -- which nowhere mentions "Hasselblad" on either the lens itself or the plain white package it came in -- , and which was until recently available through B&H at a substantial price discount. It was clear from reading other B&H user reviews of both the SONY and Hasselblad versions, that this was a great lens, but that numerous defective copies had been shipped and sold. Because the two versions are identical (I am filing this review with the SONY version so more people will see it and perhaps benefit from my experience.)

                  Accordingly, I went to the Bob Atkins website, learned how to construct, use, and interpret a lens test target, and tested the lens I received. Although it was very sharp in the center with observable but acceptable fall off at the edges, in one corner the sharpness consistently fell off more than the others to a degree that was unacceptable at some focal lengths and apertures.

                  I then returned and exchanged that lens for another copy, which tested uniformly sharp in the center with modest, but consistent and acceptable fall off at the edges. I am thrilled with this lens. It has a very useful range of focal length, great sharpness, color and contrast. The OSS is an added plus. This lens is markedly superior to the not at all bad 18-55mm kit lens I purchased with the camera. It serves as a useful one lens does it all, although it is not intended to and does not replace the superb SONY 10-18mm ultrawide zoom.

                  Bottom line: this is a great lens, but at this price point be sure you get a good copy!

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                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Top quality walk around lens.

                  By Big Guy

                  from kansas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

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

                  This is a very sharp lens with high quality well made body. The zoom moves easily and does not slip out of position. The f4 aperture is constant and is great for all around use unless in a dark interior where you would need to use a high ISO or flash.It is sharp at all apertures and and has almost no noticeable distortion.
                  A great travel lens on a Sony a6000 which is the reason I bought it.
                  It's expensive but it's a Zeiss OSS and you get what you pay for when quality is your priority. it's very fast focusing which is a plus compared to other lenses.

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                  • No

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect Travel Lens

                  By Dor

                  from Richland, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I have been using the lens for about six months primarily when on travel. The images are sharp throughout the range with some softening toward the edges as might be expected when critically reviewed. The fit and finish are excellent. Zooming is smooth and dampened enough that there is no zoom creep. The OSS system works very well. I've surprised myself by getting images free of camera motion blur at 1/5 second. Auto focus is very fast and accurate. The lens is used with the A6000 and together make for a very versatile, compact and compelling package capable of producing high quality images.

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                    • No

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