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

Model #SEL1670Z

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Weight 10.86 oz (308 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.62 x 2.95" (66.6 x 75 mm)
Filter Thread Front:55 mm


Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 62° - 23.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' (35 cm)
Focal Length 16 - 70mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 105 mm
Elements/Groups 16/12
Magnification 0.23x
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)


Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
10 March 2014

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.

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    Sharp throughout zoom range. 4.4x zoom ratio. Optically stabilized. Compact. Sturdy build. Includes hood.

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    Pricey. Some softness at edges. A little distortion.

30 June 2014

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.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
30 January 2017

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.

22 July 2017

This high rating applies only to my second copy of this lens. My first copy was awful and returned. After several months, I got the courage to try again and I'm glad I did. Very sharp with great color and pop at the wide end. A little soft at the long end but ok. I shoot a lot at 24mm equiv.

23 August 2015

On a Sony A6500, the optical performance is not quite equal that of a Canon 24-70 f2.8 with Sigma MC-11 adapter. However, it is significantly less expensive and smaller than the latter combo. Great match for A6500.

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    optical performance

Abt electronics.32817785
2 June 2014

This is my First Zeiss E-Mount lens. My previous lens was the 18-55mm Kit lens for the Sony C3. This new lens has some heft to it. I am an above average beginner camera person so I will tell you my impressions as a beginner.

  • +

    Great Contrast And Colors, Great Midsize Zoom Lens, Very sharp images, Zeiss Quality

  • -

    extra cost, Not A Pocket Camera Lens

20 March 2014

Very useful range. Lightweight and very nice build. Good sharpness in the center wide open. Corners are OK wide open and improve by f/8. Very nice contrast and colors.

  • +

    Very useful range. Lightweight and very nice build. Good sharpness in the center wide open. Corners are OK wide open and improve by f/8. Very nice contrast and colors.

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17 October 2013

The lens is made in Thailand, and comes with a certificate of inspection. It takes 55mm filters. Comes with a Zeiss sticker ;)

  • +

    If you are frustrated with the SEL1855 Kit zoom lens especially with subpar results like barrel distortions at the wide-end look no further. It beats the kit lens in almost all distortion related issues and has more zoom range viz. 16mm to 70mm.

  • -

    The minimum distance to focus is almost 1ft which is a bit problematic. Not much change in Image Quality when compared to kit lens.

2 November 2013

I searched high and low this year for a great lens for my NEX 7 that I have had since it was released. And this is truly one fantastic lens. It truly brings out the full potential of the NEX7, making it a fantastic travel camera.

B h photo.32817553
2 weeks ago

Works like a charm

B h photo.32817553
31 July 2017

This is a great all-purpose lens for the a6500 - images will of course never equal those from a7r2 but the small kit is very convenient and easy to carry.

30 July 2017

Rock solid service! Everything as expected.

Product Highlights
  • Sony E-Mount
  • 24-105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
  • Circular Aperture Design
  • Metal Lens Barrel
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In The Box
  • Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH127 Lens Hood
  • Lens Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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