Vario-Tessar T* E 4/16-70 ZA

The all-seeing eye.

From panoramic landscapes and distant vistas to intimate portraits, the Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70 lens for E-Mount is as versatile as it is capable. Featuring legendary ZEISS image quality in a beautifully compact and robust package, this lens is an ideal all-rounder that is perfectly suited to travel photography or general everyday use. With the ZEISS T* antireflective coating, optical stabilisation and a constant aperture of F.4 you have a lightweight, high-quality zoom that is as flexible and creative as you are.
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  • Features

    ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating

    The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.

    Optical Steadyshot

    Optical Steady Shot (OSS) image stabilisation allows you to shoot clear, blur-free images in a wide variety of situations. Whether you are shooting handheld while zoomed in or in places with low levels of light, optical stabilisation significantly reduces the blur caused by camera shake. Also, OSS makes for images with less noise, as you do not have to boost ISO levels to compensate for a lack of light when in darker places.

    Constant Aperture

    Regardless of whether you’re shooting wide, or zoomed-in close on your subject, you can take advantage of a constant F.4 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range. This means you do not have to adjust the shutter speed or ISO settings when changing your focal length, which is of great value when shooting with manual exposure or working with aperture priority, for example.

    Silent Autofocus

    A silent autofocus mechanism means you can capture the details of an intimate moment with great precision. This is very useful in both film and photographic situations where you and your subjects do not want to be disturbed by mechanical noises.

    Aspherical Lenses and Extra-low Dispersion Glass

    Compact yet extremely capable – ZEISS worked in close collaboration with Sony to create a high-precision lens, containing aspherical lenses as well as extra-low dispersion glass to ensure a portable size, while delivering exquisite image quality at the same time.

  • Data

    Technical Specifications

    Vario-Tessar T* E 4/16-70 ZA

    Performance Focal length 16 - 70 mm
    Aperture range f/4.0 – f/22
    Camera mount Sony E-Mount*
    Focusing range 0,35 m (13.78") – ∞
    Lens elements | groups 16 / 12
    Angular field (full frame)
    Angular field (APS-C) 83° - 23° (diagonal)
    Physical Filter thread M 55 x 0.75
    Diameter max. 66 mm (2.60")
    Length (withouth lens caps) 75 mm (2.95")
    Weight 308 g (0.70 lbs)

    *) Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Fujifilm is a registered trademark of Fujifilm Corporation. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

    **) Referring to 24x36 mm format

    ***) Referring to APS-C format

  • Pictures

    Your pictures made with our lens

    Vario-Tessar T* E 4/16-70 ZA

    Every day, thousands of impressive images are captured and every shot tells a different story, as you can see in these images below, all made with this ZEISS lens. The objective of the ZEISS Flickr Group is to gather the best of your images together and show them to the world.

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  • Accessories
    ZEISS Accessories - Filter



    These filters feature T* ® anti-reflective coating and are optimal for protecting your front lens. The UV filters afford your pictures more brilliance, the POL filters reduce reflections on nonmetallic surfaces and increase color saturation.

    • High fitting accuracy for fast filter change
    • Can be used with a lens shade
    • Available in all standard sizes
    More details about the ZEISS T* UV and POL Filters
    ZEISS Accessories - Cleaning Products

    Cleaning Products


    From finger prints and grains of sand to the smallest particles of dust, dirty or scratched lenses compromise picture quality. It is essential that lenses are clean, and especially that they are properly maintained. ZEISS offers a range of professional cleaning products that perfectly complement your unique product experience. Our specialists have developed these products to meet the precise needs of high-quality optical surfaces.

    More details about the ZEISS Cleaning Products
    ZEISS Accessories - Camera Strap

    Camera Strap


    The ZEISS comfortable camera straps ensure that carrying your equipment does not lead to shoulder and neck strain, even when used for longer periods.

    More details about the ZEISS Camera Strap
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