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Sony 16-70mm E-mount Carl Zeiss Lens with Steadyshot SEL1670Z

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  • 16-70mm Carl Zeiss lens, with AA technology. Maximum F4 aperture across the focal range. SteadyShot helps keep images sharp
  • Mid-range standard zoom lens
  • SteadyShot image stabilisation
  • APS-C format, E-mount
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm ; 308 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
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  • Item model number: SEL1670Z.AE
  • ASIN: B00EUFTT62
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Aug. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens - The F4 Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* lens brings professional quality imaging to your tablet or smartphone. The wide aperture allows more light to enter the lens for sharp, true-colour image reproduction – without flare or ‘ghosting’, thanks to the T* multilayer lens coating. The round seven-blade aperture also enables you to control foreground and background blur levels, so you can be more creative with your photos.

Aspherical lens (AA lens) technology - AA lens technology maximises portability without sacrificing imaging power. The lens combines four aspherical elements with one ED glass element to deliver high-precision shots and breathtaking rendering – without the bulky design usually associated with other DSLR lenses.

Constant F4 aperture - With the ability to shoot at a constant F4 aperture across the entire 24mm to 105mm focal length, you’ll be able to get closer to the action without sacrificing detail. At full zoom, you’ll be able to lower your ISO setting and increase your shutter speed for crisp, no-noise shots.

SteadyShot image stabilisation - Built-in SteadyShot technology keeps your image stable even when your hands aren’t. By compensating for the minor hand motions that can cause blurring and distortion, SteadyShot ensures brilliant photographic results – even in challenging low-light conditions. Switch to SteadyShot Active mode for sharp, blur-free movie shooting.

Dedicated low-light settings - The Anti Motion Blur and Handheld Twilight modes make it easy to shoot clear, blur-free, low-noise images in settings that would usually be challenging. From the great outdoors to low-light interior surroundings, you’ll get a great shot without having to boost your ISO settings.

Quiet zooming - The lens boasts a linear motor-driven internal focusing mechanism that provides smooth, quiet zooming, so you’ll be able to get close to your subjects without disturbing them. Coupled with the response AF, this lens is perfect for shooting movies as well as stills.

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Hood (ALC-SH127)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Addicted2Pills on 20 April 2015
ATTENTION: This review is based on a sample for 400GBP. I would have only given 1 star if I had to pay 700GBP.

+ build quality (feels quite tightly assembled)
+ smooth zoom ring (noticeably better than Pentax DA 17-70mm f4 and Sigma EX 17-70 f2.8-4 though not as buttery and easy to grip as Canon EF 17-40mm f4 or Sony E 50mm f1.8)
+ optical image stabilisation (but more like 2 stops advantage than advertised 4)
+ AF ring does not rotate (this is a critical feature as many people who do not understand lenses or photography in general will hold the lens in a way that will prevent cheaper AF rings from rotating, and sometimes this can damage the motor)
+ 55mm filter size results in decent value filters and lens hoods
+ quiet AF operation
+ relatively light but makes Sony NEX-3N and smiliar budget bodies front heavy
+ single tube extension which helps to reduce dust entering the lens after shooting for a few months

- very poor value for money (even for £400 this is a disappointment and especially because it is not that much better than the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 pancake which sells at around £90 as split from body bundle)
Suggested price in the UK: max. £350 (because I can get the Pentax/Sigma 17-70mm f4 for £250-300 in good as new condition)
- almost identical image quality as much cheaper Sony E 18-105mm f4
- very soft images compared to rivals (image looked sharpest on NEX-3N even when other models were downsized to match resolution of budget body)
- hefty barrel distortion at 16mm
- vignetting is visible almoth throughout the entire range at f4 and only goes away at f5.6 to 6.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SP-Shropshire on 9 April 2014
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I bought this lens a couple of months ago primarily for a trip to Australia & New Zealand. I have a Canon 5d Mk3 and a bag full of lenses, but did not want to carry too much stuff around.
I already had the Sony Nex 7 and a couple of lenses to go with that including the Zeiss 24mm. I thought that this lens would be a good compliment to go with tis kit, and despite a couple of not very favourable reviews and a general lack of information on the internet I decided to take a ( Quite Expensive ! ) chance with this lens.
Well I'm glad I did, it was on the camera for almost the whole trip and I've been delighted with the results.
The images as sharp, with that Zeiss "pop" - The lens itself is very well made and covers a useful 24-105mm equivalent focal length and a reasonable fast - but constant F4.0 aperture.
OK it cost's way more than standard kit lens but in my opinion is well worth it - Buy it and enjoy !
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Overall this is the best E-mount zoom lens that I have tried - and I have tried quite a few. As well as the 50mm and 35mm Sony primes I have owned the 16-50 kit lens, the original 18-200mm Sony lens, the 18-200 power zoom lens and the 18-105 G lens.

After buying the excellent Sony A6000 camera I was so taken with it that wanted to find the ideal lens for me to use with it.
I went on a lens buying spree and ended up trying out most of the Sony E-mount zoom line up.

Compared to the other Sony zooms that I tried, this lens has the following positive points:
(1) Handling - the size of this lens is perfect for my A6000 and balances well. Like most of the Sony zooms that I tried it feels sturdy and well built and is easy to use. This is one area where it really excels compared to the 16-50 kit lens. The kit lens is very compact but is a bit awkward to actually use. I personally found the 18-105G lens to be physically too big (though not that heavy) for a NEX camera. I actually preferred the 18-200mm for how it felt on the A6000 although it is probably heavier. The 18-200 power zoom lens is really meant for video cameras and I would not recommend it for an A6000 at all.

(2) Centre Sharpness - this is the sharpest zoom lens that I have used and compares pretty well to the Sony 50mm prime - which is probably the sharpest E-mount lens available. However, you wont feel the same way if you look at the corners - especially when using the widest f4 aperture. Stopping down to f5.6 really helps but the corners still are not great. One point to note is that I bought 2 copies of this lens and they varied significantly in centre sharpness.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Art on 7 July 2014
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This is a difficult lens to characterise, at least in part as a result of it's price.

I've previously used Sony full frame SLR cameras, and other mirror-less crop format cameras, so I have an idea what to expect from zoom lenses. At every focal length, the centre performance of this lens is excellent, though the edges of the image on the "long" side tend to trail it a little at full aperture. Focal lengths at the side end of it's range are probably stronger than at the long end of it's range. Stopped down, the resolution is more even across the frame, though the edges never quite reach the same level as the centre (which is generally excellent). The corners are generally ok, again better when shopped down, but always a little softness is present.

Focusing is generally swift in good light, but can slow down a lot in very low interior light, and seems slower at the longer end than the wider.

To put it's optical performance into perspective, I compared it to a Sony/Minolta 24-105 f3.5-4.5 full frame zoom. The E mount lens is generally always sharper in the centre and the edges than the SLR lens, though the SLR lens may be slightly more consistent across the frame when stopped down. So in reality, the ZA 16-70mm is very good, but ironically the generally strong performance in the image centre acts to let it down since the edges of the frame rarely hit the same level - but compared to a similar lens from 10 years ago, it is generally excellent.

I must say that I had 2 of these lenses - the first one appeared to have an alignment issue that caused one side of the image to look quite soft at some focal lengths, particularly when used at maximum aperture (f4), but also present when stopped down.
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