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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • One AA Element; Four Aspherical Elements
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
A compact and weather-resistant option, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens from Sony will satisfy nearly all the wide-angle needs of full-frame E-mount shooters. It also features a constant f/4 aperture for consistent performance and illumination throughout the zoom range. Ensuring optimal image quality, the lens design incorporates five aspherical elements, including one Advanced Aspherical (AA), three extra-low dispersion elements, and the Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating. This combination delivers images that are free from aberrations and flare.
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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Overview

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A compact and weather-resistant option, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens from Sony will satisfy nearly all the wide-angle needs of full-frame E-mount shooters. It also features a constant f/4 aperture for consistent performance and illumination throughout the zoom range. Ensuring optimal image quality, the lens design incorporates five aspherical elements, including one Advanced Aspherical (AA), three extra-low dispersion elements, and the Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating. This combination delivers images that are free from aberrations and flare.

For smooth operation, the lens uses a linear autofocus motor and an internal focusing design. Also, it is equipped with Optical SteadyShot to dramatically reduce the effects of camera shake on your images. Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth, rounded bokeh.

Based on the Zeiss Tessar optical concept, this lens uses a design with 12 elements in ten groups that helps ensure a smaller overall lens size along with reduced flaring, distortion, and chromatic aberrations.
Covering ultra-wide to wide-angle perspectives, this compact 16-35mm will pair nicely with Sony's full-frame E-mount cameras. It can also be used on APS-C format cameras where it will provide a 24-52.5mm equivalent zoom range.
A constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also lends greater control over focus position for shallow depth of field techniques.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Three extra-low dispersion glass elements are featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Five aspherical elements, including one large-diameter Advanced Aspherical (AA) element, are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
A linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242884205

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Specs

Focal Length16 to 35mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View107° to 63°
Minimum Focus Distance11.02" / 28 cm
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Optical Design12 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.07 x 3.88" / 78 x 98.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension4.47" / 113.65 mm
Weight18.27 oz / 518 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.845 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.4 x 5.2 x 5.05"

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Reviews

Solid lens, super sharp

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-29

I have two of these, good lens for the price

Great lens

By Angela
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-15

The zoom range provides great options without having to switch lenses. Images are crisp and colors are on point. Love the light flare.

The must have for travel photographers

By Enzo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-18

If I had to pick just one lens to travel with, this would be the one. 16mm is wide enough for most of landscapes and 35mm is the range for street photography. F/4 shouldn't be a problem in both scenarios, because you'll be using it with a Sony full frame that can deliver good quality with high ISO. And most of the time you'll have enough light. It is also an OSS lens, what means you can count on its own stabilization if you have to shoot in less than 1/60. And it's lighter, smaller and almost half of the price of the 2.8 GM. Got mine second hand and it was the best purchase ever.

Solid Lens

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-18

I have used this lens for 7 month now several times a week. I use it for real estate photography and it is excellent. Works really well and I can't say anything bad about it. It is a solid professional lens.

Great for work or play

By david
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-01

I purchased this lens primarily for real estate photography but I enjoy it in my off hours too. Great colors! Awesome build quality. Definitely sharp enough for my needs. For what I do with it f/4 isn’t an issue but I’m sure some would want more. I’ve used the lens in some pretty rough environmental circumstances like nearly freezing rain and heavy heat during prolonged shoots involving ongoing construction projects so I can attest to its durability. It can certainly withstand the elements!

Great Lens

By JaiK
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-24

overall a great lens. I have a question for the readers and support team. When I take the zoom below 20mm I see dark circles on the edges. i have a sony A7R3. please advise if this is expected.

Don’t let the f/4 stop you.

By Benedick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

Don’t let the f/4 stop you from getting this lens for this is a very good and sharp lens. If you are considering an ultra wide angle lens most likely you’re planning to shoot landscape anyways where you would shoot with a higher aperture.

Perfect lens

By Capt bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-26

Great lens. Excellent on wide angle as well as 35mm

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Does this lens have manual focus available? I am wondering that If I use ND filter, how it still be able to auto focus? Please help and Thank you!
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