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SONY SEL 16-70MM F4 ZEISS OSS LENS (NEX) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
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  • Compact Mid-range Zoom Lens
  • 4x Zoom Range
  • Four Aspherical Elements
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  • Compact Mid-range Zoom Lens
  • 4x Zoom Range
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Linear motor-driven internal focusing provides smooth, quiet zooming that, coupled with an ultra-responsive AF, makes this outstanding lens ideal for shooting movies as well as stills
  • Lens-shift image stabilization minimizes the effects of camera shake in the widest possible range of shooting situations, so you always get optimum image quality
  • An elegantly finished metal exterior emphasizes the overall excellence of this sophisticated design
  • Carl Zeiss mid-range zoom lens:
  • Outstanding contrast and resolution throughout the image area at all zoom settings are the hallmark of this high-performance Carl Zeiss mid-range zoom lens
  • Zeiss T* (T-star) coating minimizes glare and ghosting that can degrade image quality, contributing to natural color reproduction as well as superb definition and clarity
  • High lens technology in a compact body:
  • The 4x zoom range of this lens extends from 24mm to 105mm (35mm full equivalent), making it ideal for a wide range of common subject and situations
  • A significant reduction in overall lens size, while maintaining first-class image quality, has been realized thanks to advanced Sony high precision, advanced aspherical lens (AA lens) production technology
  • The lens is compact and lightweight, making it a convenient portable choice for casual day-to-day shooting as well as landscapes, snapshots, portraits and more
  • Constant F4 maximum aperture:
  • A constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range allows the user to use optimum exposure parameters for the shot he or she visualizes at any focal length
  • The ability to use apertures of F4.0 at the telephoto end of the zoom range also reduces the need to use high ISO settings and allows the use of high shutter speeds to capture action when necessary
  • A circular aperture design helps to deliver smooth background defocusing
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization:
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization provides a marked reduction in image blur cause by camera shake, especially when shooting handheld at telephoto focal lengths or in dim indoor lighting
  • In the Anti Motion Blur and Handheld Twilight modes this technology makes it easier than ever to shoot clear, blur-free, low-noise images at night, indoors, or in any conditions that would otherwise be a challenge due to low light conditions, without having to boost sensitivity or use a tripod
  • In the Box:
  • Sony SEL 16-70mm f4 Lens
  • Front and rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH111 Petal lens hood
  • Lens carrying case
  • Compatibility:
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3N
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5T
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6
  • Sony Alpha NEX-7

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Mirrorless Lenses
Focal Length: 16-70mm
Maximum Aperture: f/4.0
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/4.0, Min: f/22
Camera Mount Type: Sony E (NEX)
Camera Format: APS-C
Angle of View: 83 to 23 degrees (attached to APS-C camera)
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.35m (13-3/4 inches)
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.23x
Groups/Elements: 12 Groups/16 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 55mm
Dimensions (DxL): 66.6 x 75 mm (2-5/8 x 2-15/16 inches)
Weight: 308 g (10.8 oz. )

Additional Information


What’s Included:

  • Sony SEL 16-70mm f4 Lens
  • Front and rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH111 Petal lens hood
  • Lens carrying case
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from "It's really, really good, but pricy" "I bought an NEX-3 because it was small and light. It came with the 16-50 lens. The tiny package produced very, very good images. It now replaces my compact camera. On the strength of that experience, I moved to the a6000 to gain more finesse and a viewfinder. Same lens, better camera performance. I became a little disappointed in the muddy telephoto shots and distorted wide angle. It's a great focal length, size and cost, but the quality is a little inconsistent. So I groaned and saved and took a chance on this 16-70 f4 lens. The interweb wasn't totally enamored with it. For me it was worth the expense. In my review I'll give you the good, the bad and my verdict. I hope it helps. THE BAD: First the bad and there is only one bad thing: the price. Memo to Sony: This lens is overpriced. It should sell for 25% less. It's a good lens and it shouldn't be cheap - I get that, but c'mon. That's it for the bad. THE GOOD: Now the good list is long: =- lens is Well made. it seems like it will last. it feels nice to use. =- lens zooms manually. this is fast and accurate. Again it feels solid with good feedback. - it covers the most useful focal range (24-105mm in 35mm speak). This allows expansive, distorted wide angles to mild telephoto. You can expand and compress the depth of field enough at both ends to be effective. The telephoto end is the ideal for por =- it focuses close Enough for All but tiny flowers or bugs. - lens is small. This is important. Why would you choose a EVF-based camera like the a6000 if not for its reduced size and weight. So the system should support it with small lens. Sony seems to have gotten that. (This used to be Pentax's domain for t - it takes 49mm filters - small enough to be cheap, big enough to extract the lens cap easily with big mitts. - the lens has stabilization built-in and it works great like its competitors. For all but fast action, this is a God-send. - the lens is f4 stabilized. Some moan that this is slow, especially for the price. I find a zoom of this size, having stabilization with f4 at the tele-zoom end is pretty good and usable. The f4 allows more light and narrows depth-of-field at least th - it's consistently sharp across focal lengths and across the frame. It's only slightly soft in the corners wide open (most lenses have this compromise). It has excellent contrast and colour balance throughout (a big improvement from the kit lens). - I haven't seen any distortion to speak of (a massive improvement from the kit lens). THE VERDICT: This is a great lens. The interweb has some snooty nag-filled reviews for this lens. They are comparing it to massive lenses, non-stabilized lenses, or primes. It is a great all-rounder capable of terrific, consistent real-world results. The tools will not be the limiting factor. This is a great, practical lens that suits the Sony E-mount cameras in size and style. If you shoot a lot and/or really care about the technical quality of results you may be able to justify the outlay for this piece of metal and glass. I can. It's a lot of dough though. I review my older pictures periodically and am sometimes disappointed by their quality. For me, once I see consistent short-comings from my gear (like murky contrast or distortion-laden issues), it's hard to see past these issues to the photos' content. Taking photos are about my effort, my expression. One I take a photo, I frequently can't reproduce that moment in time (which is one of the beauties of photography). This is essentially the logic I use to justify some of these more expensive lenses. Happy trails. Get out and shoot!"
    Date published: 2017-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Walk-Around Lens "Noticeably larger than the 16-50PZ kit lens, but not too large for the camera (NEX-6). Very useful zoom range. AF is fast. Image quality is excellent. Includes a petal lens hood, which is an extra for many other lenses."
    Date published: 2014-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should be the standard lens on NEX-7! "Good coverage, superb image quality (amazing details with NEX-7) & focusing speed, but also expensive and all plastic except the lens mount."
    Date published: 2013-11-22
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