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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. The flexible wide zoom is characterized by a constant f/4 maximum aperture, making this an ideal lens for street, landscapes, cityscapes, and other subjects requiring a broad field of view and the inherent versatility of a zoom.
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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sleek Wide-Angle Versatility
  • 3ZEISS Optical Design
  • 4Image Stabilization, AF, and Handling
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Sleek Wide-Angle Versatility

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. The flexible wide zoom is characterized by a constant f/4 maximum aperture, making this an ideal lens for street, landscapes, cityscapes, and other subjects requiring a broad field of view and the inherent versatility of a zoom.

ZEISS Optical Design

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus 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.

Image Stabilization, AF, and Handling

  • 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.

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

Excellent

By Zuri
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

Excellent lens. I'm very satisfied with the optics, build quality and size/weight. It was between this and the 12-24 as well as the 16-35 /2.8. But for the price, this is perfect. (For wide angle /4 is enough and it makes it much lighter. 12mm is extreme and has limited use. With 35mm on this lens, I can mount it as a walk around and take decent portraits and landscape. The 12-24 still ends very wide so I need 2 lenses to walkaround. Bottom line for me: this is the winner.

Versatile Lens

By Chelsea
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-21

I enjoy using the Sony Vario-Tessar lens on my A6000 body camera. It take clear pictures and not too heavy. I highly recommend for beginner photographers.

mislead by reviews

By anthony
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-16

bought this lens for a7iii based on all the good reviews, but I was let down. I've owned it for several months and use it for real estate and landscapes. The images are so unsharp (even at f8 with focus nailed) and at 16mm the verticals are the worst I've seen (comparing to canon 16-35 2.8 ii, iii and canon 16-35 f4) do yourself a favour and save up for the GM I wish I did

Perfect lens

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

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

AMAZING LENS

By Luis Fernando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-19

This is a nice choice for the price. Amazing lens.

Love this lens!

By Masahiro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-22

This is my first wide lens. I bought it for real estate photography. The image is crisp and clear. Pricing-wise, I'm really satisfied with the result.

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.

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does this lens only manually zoom on a sony fx9?

does this lens only manually zoom on a sony fx9?
Asked by: Philip
Yes. No power zoom offered.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-01-09

How does this lens compare to the Sony ...

How does this lens compare to the Sony Vario-Tessar 16-70mm f/4 Lens?
Asked by: William
They both are very good lenses Zeiss glass , 16-70mm is not a full frame lens .
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-17

Bought the lens and love it - however, I cannot ...

Bought the lens and love it - however, I cannot find a number to pin to how many stops of light the stabilization is equivalent to, anyone know?
Asked by: Tom
You gain about 3 stops of light.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-14

does this fit on a SOny fx9?

does this fit on a SOny fx9?
Asked by: Per
This lens fits on Sony E mount full frame cameras. I have mine on a Sony A7III. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Larry
Date published: 2020-03-12

Does the REAR element (the one closest to the ...

Does the REAR element (the one closest to the camera sensor) move during zooming and/or focusing?
Asked by: Jacob
The rear element does not move when zooming or focusing.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-08-31

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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!
Asked by: Anonymous
There is no physical manual/autofocus button on the lens, so one has to do this via the camera menu settings ... Works well by the way. Have not tried it with a ND filter yet. With ND filters I usually focus without the filter, put it on manual and then take the picture with the filter attached ... with a variable ND filter it is even easier ... Just turn the adjustment ring from no ND to the desired amount.
Answered by: Karina V.
Date published: 2019-06-17

Does the OSS work well with IBIS for video?

Does the OSS work well with IBIS for video?
Asked by: Mark
Yes the stabilization works well if you are standing still but if you’re walking the rolling shutter on the Sony’s are so bad that nothings going to save it. I bought this lens because I intended on using it to vlog with but what I found is that well the rolling shutter with the sensor that’s so bad that I just ended up not using it. I ended up vLogging with my GoPro or my Osmo Action most of the time. It does work well though if you’re standing still and you’re just holding your camera out in front of you however if you were moving it will help but not as much as you would probably like it too. I am interested in seeing how this lens performs with the A7SIII because I have been using it with the A7R3 and they have different sensors and different rolling shutter and A7SIII has better stabilization.
Answered by: Larry
Date published: 2020-10-26

is this the OSS version?

is this the OSS version?
Asked by: Reniel
Yes, there is no version of this lens that doesnt have OSS.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-01-28
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