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Sony 16-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* Lens

Highlights

  • Lens is suitable for: Sony APS-C E-Mount Only
  • Fitting: Sony E-Mount (APS-C & Full Frame)
  • ZOOM
  • Standard ZOOM
  • Filter Size: 55mm
  • Lens/Image Stabilisation: Yes

Product code: 179097 (4905524935462)

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3.7
(297 reviews)

Sony 16-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* Lens

£699.00

No used versions available

Product Details

Key Specifications:

  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format

  • 24-105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • One ED Element; Four Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Linear Autofocus Motor; Internal Focus
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8"
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

ZEISS quality in a compact, versatile zoom

Here’s class-leading ZEISS optics with the legendary T* coating in a mid-range zoom that is compact and convenient for a wide range of subjects. The 16mm to 70mm zoom range will cover most shooting situations, making this lens an ideal choice for day-to-day photography or moviemaking.

Refined optics deliver stunning images

Four aspherical elements, including one AA element, combine with one ED glass element for breathtaking rendering. A linear motor achieves smooth, quiet operation that is ideal for movies as well as stills. The T* coating enhances performance even further by effectively suppressing reflections so that crisp, natural contrast is maintained.

Constant exposure at any zoom setting

A constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range means consistent exposure settings at any focal length as well as improved low-light capability. There’s no need to worry about aperture related exposure variations as you zoom, concentrating on the image rather than technical details.

Always sharp and clear

Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization compensates for camera shake that can blur images when shooting handheld. Sharp, clear night scenes or indoor shots in dim lighting can be captured without the need to boost ISO sensitivity and risk increased noise.

Outstanding colour and contrast

The ZEISS T* coating is an important contributing factor, effectively suppressing spurious reflections that can degrade overall image quality. Flare and ghosting are reduced for enhanced colour and contrast that give images a deep, three-dimensional feel.

Product Reviews

3.7
based on 816 ratings This score is based on all expert and user reviews that TestFreaks has collected for this product. Reviews and scores are collected from more than 30 countries but only reviews in selected languages are shown below.
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Image quality, Lightweight, Versatile, Easy to use, Durable
ePHOTOzine

There is no doubt that this is a high quality optic, that delivers very high sharpness in the centre of the frame and sports excellent build quality and a useful optical stabiliser.

Fredmiranda

The center area is sharp going toward the edges and corners is unusable, soft and does not get better by stopping it down. From all practical purposed this lens is one notch above useless.

Camera Decision

Sony E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS is an Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage and it is designed to be used with Sony E mount cameras. Lens Mount Sony E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS is compatible with cameras that have Sony E lens mount.

OpticalLimits

I suspect that some will probably come up with the statement that OpticalLimits is biased against Sony after this review. However, truth is that I took Sony gear to several private sessions in the past (besides I still own a Sony laptop and smartphone actually).

Imaging Resource

For Sony shooters using APS-C E-mount cameras, the Sony E 16-70mm ƒ/4 Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* ZA OSS lens is a very versatile, lightweight, well-built lens with good image quality. The images are quite sharp, even wide open, and the autofocus performance is excellent.

Photodo

A compact zoom lens for APS-C E-mount compatible Sony cameras that sports optical image stabilisation, a constant maximum aperture of f/4, and provides a field of view equivalent to a 24-105mm lens on a 35mm camera.

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Sony

Having been in the photographic retail trade (now retired) I know of the reputation for quality Zeiss has. I also have a Sony RX10 MKIV which has a Zeiss lens and is super sharp, so I was expecting a lot from the 16-70 Tessar on my newly purchased Sony A6600 and it has lived up to my expectations.

WEX

Having been in the photographic retail trade (now retired) I know of the reputation for quality Zeiss has. I also have a Sony RX10 MKIV which has a Zeiss lens and is super sharp, so I was expecting a lot from the 16-70 Tessar on my newly purchased Sony A6600 and it has lived up to my expectations.

John Lewis

I use this lens on an A6500. Together they provide a lightweight system that is comfortable to carry around all day. The lens focuses quickly and produces edge to edge sharpness at all but extreme settings.Even wide open edge sharpness is only a little softer and perfectly acceptable.

Wex Photo Video

This lens stays on my a6000 permanently - the combination is light enough to be in my camera bag all the time. It is a fabulous lens that really shows off the sony sensor's capability.

Clifton Cameras
Sony

I use this lens on an A6500. Together they provide a lightweight system that is comfortable to carry around all day. The lens focuses quickly and produces edge to edge sharpness at all but extreme settings.Even wide open edge sharpness is only a little softer and perfectly acceptable.

John Lewis

I use this lens on an A6500. Together they provide a lightweight system that is comfortable to carry around all day. The lens focuses quickly and produces edge to edge sharpness at all but extreme settings.Even wide open edge sharpness is only a little softer and perfectly acceptable.

WEX

I use this lens on an A6500. Together they provide a lightweight system that is comfortable to carry around all day. The lens focuses quickly and produces edge to edge sharpness at all but extreme settings.Even wide open edge sharpness is only a little softer and perfectly acceptable.

Wex Photo Video

This has become my favourite lens for my Sony A6000 camera. Not bulky, small enough to carry around. So far perfect pictures ever time.

Clifton Cameras

A very good match to the Nex-7. I had a clear objective when I bought this lens. I wanted to achieve a lighter compact camera with a performance similar to my full frame SLR. I think i have done that. I am very impressed with the results. It is very sharp, enabling heavy cropping if required. overall it requires less adjustment in light room & gives very good colour rendering. It is also helpful to me that it covers the same range as my Canon EF 24-105L f4 & is much lighter to carry about. Altogether a brilliant lens.

Not fully tested yet but so far well made good handling lens with smooth manual zoom. Well balanced fitted to Sony A6000 camera. Nice sharp images. Much prefer constant aperture, longer focal length and less distortion at wide angle settings to 16/50mm kit lens.

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