Sony SEL-1670Z E-mount 16-70mm f/4 Lens

Bright 4.3X Zeiss® zoom lens for Sony Alpha E-mount cameras

  • Sony SEL-1670Z E-mount 16-70mm f/4 Lens


  • Sony SEL-1670Z E-mount 16-70mm f/4 Lens

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Our take on the Sony SEL-1670Z E-mount 16-70mm f/4 Lens

by Woody Sherman

It's good to own an E-mount camera

One of the big advantages of having a camera that uses Sony's E-mount system is the continued addition of premium lenses from Zeiss. This legendary manufacturer, in partnership with Sony, has introduced yet another "must-have" lens, a standard-length zoom with a constant f/4 maximum aperture that's sure to be on a lot of photographer's wish lists.

With an equivalent focal length of 24-105mm, this is designed to be a daily-use lens, well-suited to the fast-developing shooting opportunities that travel and social events provide. A constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the shooting range means this lens is more than up to low-light challenges, while giving you the range to fill the frame with your subject from a distance. And because much of this lens' zoom range is in the sweet spot for portrait photography, the wide aperture will also lend itself to creamy, smooth out-of-focus backgrounds, so what you capture will stand out sharp and clear from electronic screens and printed pages.

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  • 16-70mm f/4 video-friendly power zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 24-105mm
  • compatible with Sony E-mount digital cameras and camcorders
  • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization for steadier handheld shots
  • quiet autofocus motor for cleaner sound recording
  • minimum focus distance: 13.8"
  • minimum aperture: f22
  • seven rounded aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 55mm
  • lens is 2-5/8" in diameter and 3-3/16" long
  • weight: 10.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps

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Features and Specs
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Image Stabilization
Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
10.9 ounces
Parts Warranty
1 Year
Labor Warranty
1 Year
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  • E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS zoom lens
  • 55mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH127 Lens hood
  • Drawstring storage pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty sheet
  • Serial Number card

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Optics: The Sony Vario-Tessar T* (t-star) E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-105mm, and a 83°-23° field of view for capturing close-up portraits and expansive landscapes. The lens is produced under the strict standards and quality assurance system of Carl Zeiss. It comes with the ALC-SH127 lens hood, a soft carrying pouch with a drawstring, and front and rear lens caps.

Optical SteadyShot (OSS): The lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps achieve crisp, stable images and video in low-light or when zooming in on distant subjects. The OSS feature can be activated in the camera's menu.

Focusing: The lens can be used with the NEX-series cameras in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the ALC-SH127 lens hood which helps prevent lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 1-3/8" to the overall length of the lens. The hood can be stored on the lens by installing it backwards.


Lens E 16-70mm F4
35mm Equivalent 24-105mm
Angle of View 38°-23°
Minimum Focus 1.15' (13.8")
Filter Diameter 55mm
f-stop f/4 maximum
f/22 minimum
Weight 10.9 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=2.617"
Length=3.153" (3.655" with lens caps)
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Finally - a great Zeiss midrange zoom lens

Written By LarryH, Amherst, NY on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Those of us with NEX 7 high end cameras have been waiting nearly 2 years for a really great midrange wide to tele zoom lens to match the 24 MP sensor. This Zeiss does it superbly well!
Sharp, sturdy, compact design with legendary Zeiss colors and contrast
A bit pricey
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