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

(based on 138 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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93%

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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5.0

Quality, versatility and compact size, all combined!

By Melania

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Quality, versatility and compact size, all combined!

 
5.0

Excellent zoom

By Devin

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I don't know where all the bad reviews come from on this lens. It's darn good. I just went out and took a ton of test shots and the only thing I noticed is that at 70mm one size of the frame was a little soft. Everything else was stellar. Sharpness is outstanding for a zoom. I really don't know why people hate on this lens so much, other than I guess it's kind of expensive. Well, it's Zeiss, so it ain't gonna be cheap!

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Charles

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great Lens!

 
4.0

good choice for Sony a6000 series

By BB

from SF Bay Area

Verified Buyer

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

Although the kit lenses available on the Sony a6300 are reasonably good for everyday photo/video applications, the Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens represents a step up in image quality, particularly in the color achieved in the unprocessed file. Additionally, the zoom range is more useful (24-105mm equivalent), making the 16-70mm Vario-Tessar by Zeiss something that can be left on the camera for a vast majority of shots. One issue that has been mentioned in past reviews, soft left/right focus, isn't really present in this copy. Sure, there is a slight drop-off in sharpness from the center to the edges, but nothing to be too worried about. So, the only reason for not giving this lens 5 stars is the regular price. That said, if you're looking to use only one lens on a Sony a6000-series camera, the Vario-Tessar 16-70mm should certainly be considered among the available Sony zoom lenses as a prime candidate.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Gogo

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for the price. Even better that it's quite compact and lightweight. I'm able to take my A6500 and this lens with me everywhere!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens and service

By mashmirza

from Memphis, TN

Verified Buyer

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

Got the lens for Sony A6000. Already have two prime lenses. Gives me the flexibility when I am shooting outdoors without changing lenses. F4 is plenty wide enough for outdoor work. The lens was in excellent shape and was delivered on time.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens!

By Rich

from Ogden, UT

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted to compliment my A6500 with a good all around lens and this lens did not disappoint. Super sharp and the colors are great. I am very happy with this purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lenss

By Peter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

An excellent lens for traveling.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good sharp lens

By Aggie Shooter

from College Station, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I just bought this to go with a Sony a6300, whose 16-50 kit lens is truly a waste of money if you need image quality. My Vario-Tessar 16-70 is plenty sharp, showing normal distortion close up at very wide angle. Color rendition is very good. I use a 5Diii and L glass in my work, but bought crop-sensor Sony and this lens for compact vacation travel, often flying to Costa Rica. So far, results are excellent. Its single failing is f/4. Needs to be f/2.8 or wider for best portrait work, but then would be larger and much more expensive. Camera and lens, without eye cup and lens hood, BARELY fit into a Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 10, worn on my belt. Probably should go one size up on the belt bag. Having gear this small is so handy when a fish is being boated or a grandchild is doing something cute. I may use as a backup in my work as an agricultural journalist. Camera and lens are always with me because of their size. And as everyone else says, B&H provides first-class service always.

 
5.0

Great lens.

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Makes a big difference.Cinematic look.Great quality.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid but bit overpriced

By Art C

from Los Angeles, CA

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

Been using this for few weeks on a6300. Compact for focal length range and very solid build. Pretty sharp with nice color and contrast. Slightly soft in corners at wider apertures but not really an issue in everyday use. Focuses swiftly. Nice walk around focal range 24-105mm equivalent. With all the positives I still think the lens is a little expensive for what it is. Would be much better value at $600-700.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tool for walk around shooting

By Bob

from Torrance CA

Verified Buyer

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

The 16-70 mm Zoom focal length covers about 98 percent of the pictures I take which was why I wanted this lens for my Sony Alpha 6000 to replace the 18-55 mm kit lens. My images are mostly family pictures along with occasional scenics from vacation and day trips. The extra few mm on both ends are much more valuable than many realize. Better scenic or tight spaces shots on the wide end and portrait options on the long end.

The lens is expensive so I was looking for a good used sample. Found a couple of listings on the B&H site along with an "open box" sample. When I called to make a selection, they apparently all had been sold. My sales person was very helpful and found another option which fit my budget. Delivery was prompt and the product arrived in perfect condition right on schedule; new and in the manufacturer's original packaging.

Initial testing confirmed the lens worked well. In the past few weeks it has been put to work and I am very pleased with the results. It is a great lens for my shooting needs.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautifully Crafted Lens

By Canon Enthusiast

from Undisclosed

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

I've owned Canon cameras and lenses for most of my career. This is the first Sony Lens I've ever owned... I must say how surprised I am at how this Lens is every bit made and functional as any of the top Canon lenses I own! Highly recommend this one for sure!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Greg

from Western Slope, Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens not because it has great optics, which it actually does appear to have. Rather, I bought it because I wanted a small short zoom which would cover the full frame equivalent of 35mm to 90 or 100mm and also focus close enough to take photos of the mountain flowers here in Colorado. Small and light are far more important to me than powered zoom. This has all worked out very well and the optics seem to be just great!

 
5.0

Over all great results.

By Jon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

If I look very carefully, at wide angles there does appear to be some fall off in sharpness, though I've not had the chance to check if it the lens or depth of field issues at the more distant edges of a building. The overall impression of the lens is really very good. Images are bright, nice contrast and colors that are naturally vibrant. I'm keeping and using this one.

 
5.0

Great all around lens!

By rbawalan

from Queens, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Feels sturdy, and can be used for wide shots an zoom shots as well. Zeiss makes wonderful lenses, this is the second one I have. I look forward to buying more from them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great versatile choice for a compact regular zoom

By Connor

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sony 16–70mm is a versatile choice for shooters looking for a compact regular zoom with a constant aperture. It gives you the flexibility of a 24-105mm lens with magnificently clear photos. You can capture almost all types of photos with just one lens. Great for traveling.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Glass

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a perfect lens for me, the size is small yet has some weight for balance. The range from 24mm to 105 is my sweet spot in focal length. Good glass.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super lens for the Sony a 6300

By John

from Naples Florida

Verified Buyer

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

The autofocus is very quick throughout the zoom range. My photos with this lens are tack sharp and the colors are fantastic. At 24 mm or more the built-in flash works fine with no shadow.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good optical quality.

By Sorin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Quick focus, sharp and great colors.
I will update the review after more work with this lens.

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