Sony Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, E-Mount NEX Camera Lens


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About Sony 16-70mm Mirrorless

Outstanding contrast and resolution throughout the image area at all zoom settings are the hallmark of this high-performance Carl Zeiss mid-range zoom lens. The renowned Zeiss T* (T-star) coating minimizes glare and ghosting that can degrade image quality, contributing to natural color reproduction as well as superb definition and clarity.

The 4x zoom range of this lens extends from 24mm to 105mm (35mm full equivalent), making it ideal for a wide range of common subject and situations. A significant reduction in overall lens size, while maintaining first-class image quality, has been realized thanks to advanced Sony high precision, advanced aspherical lens (AA lens) production technology. The lens is compact and lightweight, making it a convenient portable choice for casual day-to-day shooting as well as landscapes, snapshots, portraits and more.

A constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range allows the user to use optimum exposure parameters for the shot visualized at any focal length. The ability to use apertures of F4.0 at the telephoto end of the zoom range also reduces the need to use high ISO settings and allows the use of high shutter speeds to capture action when necessary. A circular aperture design helps to deliver smooth background defocusing.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization provides a marked reduction in image blur cause by camera shake, especially when shooting handheld at telephoto focal lengths or in dim ind oor lighting. In the Anti Motion Blur and Handheld Twilight modes this technology makes it easier than ever to shoot clear, blur-free, low-noise images at night, indoors, or in any conditions that would otherwise be a challenge due to low light conditions, without having to boost sensitivity or use a tripod.

Sony 16-70mm Mirrorless Features

  • High performance Carl Zeiss mid-range zoom lens
  • High precision, advanced lens technology in a compact body
  • Constant F4 maximum aperture throughout zoom range
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Elegantly finished metal exterior

Sony 16-70mm Mirrorless Specifications

Lens Type
Mid-range Zoom
Aperture (max / min)
f4.0 - .22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
APS-C: 16-70mm (35mm equivalent: 24-105)
Filter Diameter
Minimum Focus Distance
1 ft. 6 in. (.45m) (W), 3 ft. 1-1/2 in. (0.95m) (T)
Distance Encoder
Distance Scale
Mount Material
Lens Groups-Elements
Aspheric Elements
2.6 x 2.1" (67 x 75mm)
10.8 oz (308g)

Sony 16-70mm Mirrorless Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


Very Unimpressive Lens


from San Francisco  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently purchased this lens hoping to replace the 18-55mm kit lens with something much better. Alas, that is not the case. True, the lens does have a greater span in its field of view. However the image quality is strangely lacking in contrast, and the colors seem almost hazy. There isn't anything physically wrong with the lens as far as I can tell. It is well made and focuses quickly. But the image quality is way below par. In the meantime I have also tried the legacy Minolta Maxxum lenses of similar focal length with the LAEA4 adapter, and can report that some of those are stunningly good. You just need to factor in the cost of the adapter. I hope Sony and Zeiss can work out whatever is wrong with this lens. It is too bad, because it is such a nice addition to their line.


Disappointing Image quality


from San Francisco, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently purchased this lens hoping for an improvement over the 18-55mm kit lens. I was profoundly disappointed in the image quality. Given the cost of this lens, the lack of contrast and color quality is doubly disappointing. Sony and Zeiss need to get their heads together and figure out what to do to fix this in Version 2. Unfortunately I need to give a thumbs down to this lens.


High Quality Backpacking Lens


from Camarillo, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens to compliment the Sony 10-18mm lens and intend it for use going on backpacking trips. I don't test lenses in any formal way, can't be bothered. Mostly I just carry the it around and take pictures. The quality of the photographs appears to be good and the image stabiliztion works well. The lens is not overly large and feels good with the body I use, a NEX6. I was surprised at how close the lens will focus at the 70mm end. It's not a macro, but if I want to get a photograph of a smaller subject it will do. So far, it's the lens I wanted. Cheers.


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Neil D  Will this lens fit a Sony A7R camera?
HAI L  Physically it can be mounted on to A7, A7R. E-mount interface will work, which means auto focus and aperture control should work. Optical wise it is designed for APS-C format so it won't work perfectly for the full frame images. A7 and A7R bodies can do crop mode to use all the E lenses for APS-C size images. That is another way to use this lens. These are all learned from Sony's spec and yuotube. Personally I have not tried it on A7 or A7R.
N D  is this lens a full frame one that is usable for all the megapixles on the sony a7?
DAVID B  Sorry, no clue, I'm a NEX-7 shooter. Given that Sony is screwing us NEX-7 shooters, I would doubt that it would work for FullFrame.
Joe X  Is there a lens hood come with it?
Dov A  Yes. It comes with a lens hood. I am very pleased with this lens
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