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

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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.
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The Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS ($999.99) is a compact zoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras. It's designed for use with APS-C models like the Alpha 5000, but will also work (at a lower resolution) with the full-frame Alpha 7$1,698.00 at B&H Photo-Video and 7R$2,298.00 at Amazon. It's a 4.4x zoom that covers a 24-105mm (35mm equivalent) field of view, with a maximum f/4 aperture throughout. It's one of the better zooms that we've seen for mirrorless cameras, but doesn't quite match the edge-to-edge sharpness and f/2.8 aperture that Olympus achieved with its Editors' Choice winning M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO$874.00 at Amazon zoom for the competing Micro Four Thirds system.
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