Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

August 27, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | Comment |

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a new, optically stabilised, 24-105mm equivalent standard zoom for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras and camcorders, including all NEX series models as well as the new, "SLR-styled" Sony A3000. The optical formula comprises 16 lens elements in 12 groups, with an iris diaphragm featuring 7 rounded aperture blades. Weighing in at 308 grams, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS takes 55mm filters, and offers a 0.23x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS len will be available in the fall of 2013, priced at around £840/$1000.

Sony Press Release

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1670Z)

E-mount interchangeable lens camera users can experience renowned Carl Zeiss optical excellence in a beautifully compact, easy to carry zoom. A practical 4x zoom range (24-105mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent) makes the SEL1670Z ideal for a wide range of everyday photo situations, from landscapes and portraits to informal snapshots.

Outstanding contrast and resolution at all zoom settings are key features of this premium go-anywhere lens. Advanced aspherical lens (AA lens) technology combines one AA lens element and three normal aspherical elements, reducing lens size and weight without sacrificing image quality. Unique to Carl Zeiss, renowned T* coating on optical surfaces reduces glare and ghosting for natural colour reproduction plus superb definition and clarity.

Unlike budget zooms that stop at the tele end, maximum aperture remains a constant F4 at all focal lengths. This reduces the need for high ISO settings when zoomed in, and also allows the use of high shutter speeds to freeze fast-moving action. As an extra refinement the circular aperture can achieve beautifully smooth, natural background defocus (bokeh) effects.

Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation system counters the effects of hand shake for crisper shots – even at slow shutter speeds or in low light.

Exemplary optical performance is matched by the premium construction you’d expect from Carl Zeiss, with an elegantly finished metal exterior for enviable looks and a distinctively luxurious feel.

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