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

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

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

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  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • One AA Element; Four Aspherical Elements
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Linear Autofocus Motor; Internal Focus
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 16-35mm f/4.0 overview

  • 1Description

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
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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
  • ALC-SH134 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F72S 72mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony 16-35mm f/4.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 16 - 35mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 107° - 63°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" / 28 cm
    Magnification 0.19x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.26
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.88" / 78 x 98.5 mm
    Weight 18.27 oz / 518 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.1 x 4.9"

    Sony 16-35mm f/4.0 reviews

    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 95.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Expected This lens has surpassed my expectations. Beautiful color rendition. A must for landscapes. Using Capture 1 Express for Sony, it is the easiest lens I have dealt with to work challenging skies etc. Solidly built. The weight and balance with my A7II is just fine. There is an informative and positive article of this lens on the Lens Rentals website. I encourage reading it. At 16 mm it does very well. The quality, as well as detail of the images are to my complete satisfaction. C1 Express does not automatically correct for distortion. Very easy to correct though. If you shoot JPEG, the in camera engine will correct it for you.
    Date published: 2017-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great landscape and travel lens When I made the switch from the Canon 5DIII to the Sony A7RII a year ago, I purchased a Metabones Mark IV adapter to use my Canon 17-40 f/4 L. I love this wide lens for landscapes and as you rarely shoot a landscape with a fast aperture, it was a great lens. I started doing research on image quality and became convinced that switching to native Sony glass and this lens in particular would give me a sharper image corner to corner. The 17-40 was definitely soft at the edges. After a couple weeks of testing, I made the right choice and sold my Canon lens and the Metabones adapter. The FE 16-35 is going to be my primary travel lens when I can only take one.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Expected This lens surpassed my expectations. A must for landscapes. It is much better optically than the F 4/ 24-70 and in C1 Express for Sony it is far easier to work difficult skies. Beautiful color rendition. There is an informative and positive article on the Lens Rentals website. At 16 mm it does very well. The size is also fine. Remember to correct distortion in post as it does not do so automatically. If you shoot JPEG, the in camera engine corrects it for you. Yes, I recommend this lens. Good light. Sergio
    Date published: 2017-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES, I would recommend this to a friend... I got the 16-35 Vario Tessar after returning a 25mm Batis. I was uncomfortable with the Batis--and the 25mm was limiting. There was threshold acceptable spherical distortion--i.e. barrel/pincushion. The 16-35 is really excellent--with less spherical issue than the Batis and the super-wide really offers interesting possibilities otherwise impossible to realize. So far I have only used it indoors, shooting between ISO 800 and 1600, with excellent to very good results--with the A7Rii. A faster lens would be nice but it would get too huge and heavy; at 18 ounces the 16-35 is already pretty hefty...but if you are careful not to shoot at too slow a speed, the in-body stabilization really is a blessing. All things considered, I am very happy that I returned the Batis and got the 16-35.
    Date published: 2016-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I'm simply stunned by how beautifully this works in conjunction with the A7s. I bought it mostly for the property and neighborhood videos that our company produces but the stills are also simply staggering. I am a full blown addict of the image stabilization piece of these lenses and with this, the 24-70, and the 70-200 I feel like I can do anything. Then I'll turn on the APS part of the sensor (there doesn't seem to be any degradation of the image in stills or especially video) and the lenses all add another 30% to their respective focal lengths. Just amazing. A must for Sony A7 owners.
    Date published: 2014-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of its kind. I'm excited when sony announced this lens and I got mine last week. The size complements well to any a7 camera. It is a bit bigger compared to the FE 24-70mm ans smaller than 35mm F1.4. Optically the lens produces a very nice color rendition that looks like a 3D effect a typical of a Zeiss lens. Some of the reviews said that wide open at 16, there are softness in the corner which I don't really notice. Together with other sony-Zeiss lenses, this one also built in metal with plastic lenshood. This lens is perfect for landscape photography. Together with my 24-70 this is a perfect travel companion. I used the Canon and Nikon counter part of this lens and could say that this lens outshine those 2 lenses. Price wise, bit expensive than of canon/nikon but its worth it.
    Date published: 2015-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The missing piece! I ended up at in the Sony A7R camp coming from Canon. Simply put, this lens is every bit as good as my best Canon zoom, the EF 24-70 ll f/2.8 at 24, 28 & 35mm. At 16mm the Zeiss is even better, quite an achievement. Comparing the Zeiss to my old Canon 16-35, well there is no companion. Nice job Sony! The FE 4/16-35 is extremely well corrected for point sources at f/4, in other words, at f/4 it looks beautiful for night skies.
    Date published: 2014-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Resolution & Focussing. Definitely an A grade lens ( my grade for Sony FE lenses, A+ for 55mm, C for 35mm, D+ for 24-70, B+ for 70-200). Excellent resolution & focussing accuracy at all focal lengths, with minor fall off near 35mm. Better than comparable Leica lenses from 16-24 mm. The only negative is the slight pin-cushion distortion at 35mm that is easily corrected in Post or in camera with JPEG's. It has equal resolution compared to my Zeiss 18mm F 3.5 ZE, but much better CA and coma correction.
    Date published: 2014-12-03
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    Sony 16-35mm f/4.0 Q&A

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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!
    A shopper on Jul 14, 2015
    Best Answer: All lenses designed for the Sony E-mount have the capability to be focused manually. The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens has both a zoom ring and a focus ring on the lens, and the camera on which the lens is used may be set to either autofocus or manual focus, depending on your needs. Also, depending on the strength of your neutral density (ND) filter and the current ambient light level, autofocus may be possible, but if you are using a strong ND filter or working in low lighting, you may need to first pre-focus with the camera in manual mode before attaching the filter to the lens to capture your image.
    Reply · Report · Manzell L.Staff on Jul 14, 2015
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    Anyone use this lens on Sony A7R? I want to use it for astrophotography and I am wondering how the constant F4 perfoms for Astro. Thanks!
    arend k on Aug 21, 2015
    Best Answer: Hey I use this on the Sony a7 (not R). The lens in beautiful at f/4 (no real problems wide open), but yeah f/4 isn't the fastest. Plenty fast for moonlit landscapes and star trails where >30 second exposures are acceptable.

    For milky way photography I use one of two lenses instead: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 24mm f/1.4. Using a faster lens allows you to keep your shutter speed low enough to prevent star trailing (following the 500 rule) at ISO 1600 or 3200.

    At 16mm f/4, you're probably going to be shooting somewhere around 20 seconds at ISO 6400. If you are happy with the a7r at 6400, you're all set. Otherwise you might look for a faster prime. Hope that helps! Cheers!
    Reply (1) · Report · Zachary W on Aug 22, 2015
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    Does the lens front element extend when zooming from 16 to 35? I'll be using this with an As7ii and Ronan Gimbal. I would like it to remain fixed if the focal length changes.
    Chris K on May 23, 2016
    Best Answer: It does extend while zooming, but focus is internal. You will have to rebalance if changing zoom.
    Reply · Report · MITCHELL S on May 23, 2016
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    Anyone used this lens on the Sony a7II? I am considering this or the Canon 16-34 F4.
    A shopper on May 10, 2016
    Best Answer: I've used both. I prefer the Sony 16-35. it's sharp and quick to focus. smaller size as well
    Reply · Report · richard o on May 10, 2016
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    Do they make a lens hood for this lens?
    Christopher D on Apr 29, 2016
    Best Answer: Yes. The lens hood comes with the lens and is narrow as you would suppose a wide angle lens hood would be. The Sony part number is ALC-SH134.
    Reply · Report · Miles S on May 1, 2016
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    For manual focus, does the focus distance change depending on how fast you rotate the focus ring?
    A shopper on Jul 29, 2016
    Best Answer: I would suggest, when focussing manually, to rotate the focus ring very slowly and use the in focus highlight option from the camera menu.
    Reply · Report · Karina V on Jul 30, 2016
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    Will a normal UV filter create vignetting? Will this lens require a slim filter to avoid this?
    Robin B on Jan 21, 2015
    Best Answer: I'm using a 15 year-old Hoya UV after comparing it with current tech. There's a newer Hoya that, in comparison with B+W, Zeiss, etc etc is the "cream of the crop" and has the same brass mounting ring as my older 72mm UV. There are NO vignetting issues when used with my Zeiss 16-35mm and I suspect I could never tell the difference optically between it and current Hoyas, plus I saved a bundle of money.
    Reply · Report · John K on Jan 21, 2015
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    What polarizer can I use with this that will give me 1) No vignetting and 2) Blue sky will not be uneven (usually on 16mm, blue sky will be thick in middle when using polarizer) ?
    A shopper on Feb 9, 2016
    Best Answer: No polarizer will work because in a wide angle lens the angle of light incidence is beyond the polarizing angle in the corners. Even a huge 6x6 will not stop uneven sky.

    Its not necessary anyway....skies are evenly darker blue in wide angle lenses...better to use a big graduated filter to bring down the sky brightness to emphasize the foreground detail, and still get beautiful deep sky blue.
    Reply · Report · CRAIG S on Feb 10, 2016
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    I own both the Sony A7s ii and a Canon 7D. Can I use this lens on both? Thanks!
    Jeffrey T on Mar 7, 2016
    Best Answer: No, it will only mount on the sony A7 cameras.
    Reply · Report · STEVE E on Mar 7, 2016
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    Does it come with the hood? If I have to buy, which one should i buy?
    Huaiyu Z on Apr 24, 2018
    Best Answer: Yes, the hood is included.
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Reply · Report · Yang S on Apr 24, 2018
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    Anyone noticing the focus ring a bit hard to rotate? I think mine is a little bit to hard.
    Anthony M on May 1, 2017
    Best Answer: Mine is perfect.
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Reply · Report · CHARLES B on May 2, 2017
    Please, where is this lens made? Thanks-
    A shopper on Feb 24, 2017
    Best Answer: Mine has a label that reads Sony/Japan.
    Reply · Report · Maryellen M on Feb 24, 2017
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    Will this lens work for a A6000 e-mount camera?
    Maria G on Apr 24, 2017
    Best Answer: Yes, the lens is compatible but because the A6000 utilizes a smaller optical circle than the lens was designed to accommodate you are paying for more lens that you can utilize with an APS-C sensor size camera. So yes, it will work but if you plan to stick with the A6000 as opposed to a "full-frame" sensor camera like the A7sII, you are paying for more lens than you need. If you plan to eventually upgrade your camera then this lens is a good investment. I have the same lens and find it very sharp, and functional for general landscape shots.
    Reply · Report · Jeff M on Apr 25, 2017
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    Does this lens work with Sony a63000?
    Andy C on Jun 5, 2016
    Best Answer: Yes ... It will work with the alpha 6300 but it was specifically made for full frame e mount cameras ... With the crop factor of the 6300 you will only get 24mm at it's widest point
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Reply · Report · Karina V on Jun 5, 2016
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    What is the 35 mm equivalent focal length with the a6500? Thanks
    Nicolas M on Apr 23, 2018
    Best Answer: About 52mm
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Reply · Report · AnnMarie D on Apr 23, 2018
    Does this lens have dedicated physical switches for AF/MF and OSS?
    Alexander F on Aug 31, 2017
    Best Answer: No, you need to use your camera to switch AF/MF.
    Reply · Report · Simon G on Sep 15, 2017
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    how well does this perform in low light?
    MARJORIE G on May 12, 2017
    Best Answer: Hi Marjorie, this lens performs very well in low light situations. -Anthony
    Reply (1) · Report · Sony SupportSony Expert on May 12, 2017
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    I have a 72 mm circular polarizing filter and it won't screw onto this lens. It actually seems to be much too small. I thought this lens takes 72mm filters. What is going on?
    Jason R on May 19, 2018
    Best Answer: The lens is 72mm and all my 72mm filters fit it including Polarizers. Your Polarizer must be marked incorrectly.
    Reply · Report · Robert H on May 20, 2018
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    How equal is or not is the Sony 16 to 35mm F4 versus the Sony 16 to 35mm F2.8 (such as wide open versus stepped down comparison on each)? thank you
    Duane H on Jan 11, 2018
    Best Answer: I'm not compared the two in use. I own the F2.8; very satisfied.
    Reply · Report · LEE H on Jan 11, 2018
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    Will this lens work for a Sony A6000 e-mount camera?
    Maria G on Apr 24, 2017
    Best Answer: It will work but it will not be as wide as you would expect (compared to full frame A7 series). It would be a great buy if you expect to upgrade to A7 or A9 in the future.
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Reply · Report · Maximo T on Apr 24, 2017
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    Will I get vignetting if used with a 4x4 matte box with full frame camera (a7sII)?
    Claude L on Nov 26, 2015
    Best Answer: I did not try any matte box, sorry. You will get vignetting anyway. But it is hardly visible and easily correctable in ACR and Lightroom with a single click when using the appropriate lens preset.
    Reply · Report · Alex G on Nov 26, 2015
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    Does this work for the FS5?
    Phillip W on Oct 5, 2016
    Best Answer: Yes. But the FS5 has a Super 35mm sensor and therefore will change the field of view of this lens. Essentially this lens becomes a 25 - lens on an FS5.
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Sony 16-35mm f/4.0 accessories

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    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony Alpha a7
    • Sony NXCAM NEX-EA50M
    • Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7
    • Sony A7 III
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    • Sony NEX-EA50M
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    • Sony NEX-FS700R
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    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5 Kit
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