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SonyVario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
4.7

(based on 51 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Durable (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Reliable (16)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (27)
    • Travel (25)
    • Landscape photography (21)
    • Portraits (20)
    • Home (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (17), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (9), Professional (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (44)

    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

    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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      5.0

      Perhaps the best e-mount APS-C zoom lens

      By thoots

      from Oregon

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Cons

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            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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            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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              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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                  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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                          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

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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

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    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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