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Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4

Zoom lens for APS-C sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4

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Our take on the Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4

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.

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.

Very sharp!

RS, New York

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product Highlights:

  • 16-70mm f/4 video-friendly power zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 24-105mm
  • compatible with APS-C sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • 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
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps
Reviews

Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

4 Reviews

Great Lens

Written by: RS from New York on August 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very sharp!

Pros:

Cons: none

clear pictures & video

Written by: 2stanleycupkings from California on July 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased the refurbished lens from Crutchfield. I had no problems with the lens. The picture taken with the lens are sharp & clean. I mainly use my nex-5 for video and the lens doesn't fail on quality or performance.

Pros: Expense, fast focus

Cons:

Fabulous Lens on My Sony A6000

Written by: jazz1 from Des Moines, IA on October 12, 2014

This is a fabulous walk around lens. Furthermore the pictures are sharp, and distortion is low. I have owned full frame Canons with L zooms and I can say this combo is very satisfactory when you consider the low weight and size of the lens.

Pros: Fast focus. Quality construction. Smooth zoom. Perfect size and zoom range when you don't know where your wanderings will take you. Expensive, but worth every penny. You get what you pay for.

Cons: Bokeh is good at close range, but is less satisfying when object is not close. Bokeh does not rival larger f-stops, but is adequate. Wish they made this in 2.8 f-stop.

Finally - a great Zeiss midrange zoom lens

Written by: LarryH from Amherst, NY on December 24, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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!

Pros: Sharp, sturdy, compact design with legendary Zeiss colors and contrast

Cons: A bit pricey

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What's in the box?

Download the Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 manual

  • 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

Product Research

Features

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.

Specifications:

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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