Sony Zeiss Vario Tessar T*E 16-70 mm f4 ZA OSS lens Review

Looks and build

The looks of this lens are similar to its prime-brother: the Sony Zeiss 24 mm f1.8 (read my review of the Sony Zeiss Sonnar E 24 mm f1.8 ZA here). The housing is made of a smooth, black metal. The lens has got a wide zoom ring and a smaller focus ring, made of a ribbed rubber with good grip. There are no other switches on the lens, so to switch autofocus or image stabilisation on or off you’ll have to use the menu of the camera. This lens feels very sturdy and well built. Of course the lens has got a nice blue Zeiss-logo on the left side (seen from behind the camera), the Sony logo is on the right side.

Sony Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f4 ingezoomd op 70mm
Sony Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f4 fully extended
Sony Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f4 uitgezoomd op 16mm
Sony Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f4 at 16mm

On the camera

This lens is very compact, especially when compared to similar DSLR-lenses. Without the sunshade its about 10 cm long and about 9 centimetres in diameter. This is quite small when you’ll realize this lens has a constant aperture of f4. Of course this lens is a lot bigger than the tiny 16-50 kit lens. It still is impressive how Sony has managed to keep the weight of this lens down, as it weighs just 308 grams. Because of this low weight this lens balances nicely on the Sony Alpha 6000. If you do attach the big sunshade the lens does get a lot bulkier, but on the plus side this also makes the lens look more serious / professional. The weight of the A6000 with the Zeiss 16-70 mm is still a lot lower than a comparable DSLR, that’s why I mainly use my A6000 with my DSPTCH wrist-strap instead of a shoulder strap.

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De Alpha 6000 met de Carl Zeiss 16-70 mm f4 ZA OSS
De Alpha 6000 with the Carl Zeiss 16-70 mm f4 ZA OSS

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