Sony - Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zoom Lens for Select Sony Cameras - Black

Designed for use with most Sony interchangeable-lens cameras with an Alpha mount, this Sony Vario-Tessar T* E SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS zoom lens features 4 aspheric elements to help ensure crisp, clear shots.

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$999.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Front and rear lens caps
  • Owner's manual
  • Petal lens hood (ALC-SH111), carrying case
  • Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Zoom Lens for Select Sony Cameras

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 24)

Features


Compatible with most Sony interchangeable-lens cameras with an Alpha mount

For use with your existing camera.

Distance encoder

Along with distance scale for versatility.

Metal mount material

Offers durability.

16-70mm focal length (35mm equivalent 24-105mm)

Enables shooting in a variety of conditions.

0.23x magnification

Ideal for versatile shooting.

f/22 minimum aperture and f/4 maximum aperture

For optimal light gathering, resulting in clear, detailed images.

16 elements in 12 groups

Including 4 aspheric elements to ensure sharp images.


Customer rating

4.6
92%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.3

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You know you want it

    Posted
    emmgee

    As I was researching the pros and cons of this lens, many said what I have now concluded: if you can afford it it's worth it. I'm not sure why it's so expensive but I suspect in the years to come I'll remember the quality of the photos and not the price. It's got a pop, an oomph, a wow that makes me feel like I'm heading in Ansel Adams territory. If you enjoy standard photography and aren't trying to push your photographic skills I wouldn't recommend it. But I'm trying to learn as much as I can and with this tool I feel like I can do many fun things. Sorry for the lack of tech talk but you can find that anywhere. I think it's more of an emotional thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic lens for nex 6 and a6000

    Posted
    Kneerudge
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this lens a month ago and took it for a trip to Spain along with my nex 6. The sharpness and colors I got from this lens were unbelievable. I have the 18-200 e mount and I have used it for two years, while I love the reach of that lens the IQ of this lens blows away the 18-200 by miles. Unfortunately I cannot afford both lenses so am going to sell the 18-200 and just keep the 16-70. I rather have very sharp pictures and compromise on zoom. The 16-70 was adequate for 90% of my Spain trip pics and with the constant f4 I was able to crop many pictures where the bigger zoom would have helped.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent upgrade to standard kit lens on A6000

    Posted
    JoeyO
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I hike with this as my "one lens," with the 16mm (24mm equivalent on my Sony a6000 APS-C sensor) working well for most landscapes, though occasionally I wish for wider; the 70mm end of the zoom and everything in between are great for framing and closeups. It has an excellent bokeh compared to the kit lens (16-50mm) that came with the camera, very smooth background blur with the shape and number of diaphragm blades.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens

    Posted
    Anthonyg1681
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I truly love this lens, takes crisp photos. Constant f4 aperture is great. Fast and smooth focusing, completely quiet. Build quality is very good, smooth zoom and focusing rings. This lens is on my a6000 90% of the time. I would wait for the occasional sale, I picked this up for $799 on sale, great deal for this lens. This is a great piece in such a small package, very well balanced on any sony mirror less system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pricey but worth it

    Posted
    CVDH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Huge improvement overal compared to the kit lens. Colors are much better and the consistency across the focal range is a game changer. The focal range is actually great, the addition from 50mm to 70mm makes a lot of difference over the kit lens and we now keep this lens 90% of the time. I feel it upgraded our beloved Sony A-6000 to a whole other level.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best overall lens to replace the Kit lens

    Posted
    Cosmo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is by far the best native E-Mount to replace your "walk around" kit lens that comes with the A6000/A6300. I took off one star due to the barrel distortion and soft edges, but nothing to cry about if you have Lightroom or zoom in. This will be on your Sony Alpha A6000/6300 95% of the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Multipurpose Lens

    Posted
    Bolling
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    An excellent companion to the Sony A6000 for a photographer who takes a lot of macro shots as well as short range zoom shots. Excellent Zeiss glass!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp compact lens

    Posted
    mrimaging
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This makes an excellent travel lens for the A7rii. It ends up being a 24-105mm and the combined weight and size are very appealing. The resulting images are 18mp, which is plenty for most applications.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 4.5 out of 5June 6, 2014
    Sony E 16-70mm f/4 Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* ZA OSS SEL1670Z Review
    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 autofocusFull Review
  • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 10, 2014
    Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
    The Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS is a compact 4.4x zoom that offers a constant f/4 aperture and optical stabilization.Full Review




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