Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS

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Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS

This lightweight mid-range zoom combines renowned ZEISS® optical performance with a constant F4 maximum aperture for consistently fine performance throughout the zoom range. Linear motor drive achieves smooth, quiet operation that, coupled with responsive AF, makes this lens ideal for movies and stills in a wide range of shooting situations. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is built in.
Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS

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 16 mm to 70 mm 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 color 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 color and contrast that give images a deep, three-dimensional feel.


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Lens Specifications
Mount Sony E-mount
Format APS-C
Focal Length (mm) 16-70mm
35 mm equivalent focal length (APS-C) 24-105mm
Lens Groups / Elements 12/16
Angle of View (APS-C) 83°-23°
Maximum aperture (F) 4
Minimum Aperture (F) 22
Aperture Blades 7
Circular Aperture Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15 ft (0.35 m)
Maximum Magnification ratio (x) 0.23x
Filter Diameter (mm) 55 mm
Image stabilization (SteadyShot) Optical SteadyShot
Size & Weight
Dimensions (D x L) 2-5/8 x 3" (66.6 x 75 mm)
Weight 10.9 oz (308 g)

  • Lens hood (ALC-SH127: petal shape, bayonet type)
  • Lens front cap
  • Lens rear cap
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