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    Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Hi just wondering if anyone has tried this lens besides Tim Ashley? I see on his site that he wasn't impressed - wonder if this was a defective lens or it's characteristic of it
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    I will be renting one 11/11 and taking it on vacation to the southwest USA. I will post my findings.
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Thanks ddarr

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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Shac, mine got returned and the dealer insisted on it going to Sony before refunding me. Sony repair did stuff to it and the dealer agreed the refund on the basis that it had indeed been faulty but asked me to take a look at it post-repair just for an opinion. I did so and though I didn't have time to do definitive tests, some reasonably useful frames told me that it was better but still not good enough for me to have wanted to keep it. Only you know what meets your standards and requirements but I felt that for that money, it should have been notably better.

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    Tim - thank you. A friend had one but it had mechanical problems and he sent his back - not enough time for him to evaluate the optical performance though. It's a great zoom range but a real surprise it's so far a poor performer.

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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    So should we not be holding our breath that the FE 24-70 will be any better?
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Well I hope you're not right but....

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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    So should we not be holding our breath that the FE 24-70 will be any better?
    Well, I am hoping it is better!
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hawinkler View Post
    Well, I am hoping it is better!
    Me too as the zoom FL seems about right for a great many uses + its AF for my old eyes.
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    I received the rental lens yesterday (lensrentals.com) and did a quick handheld test around the backyard to make sure it works before I head out on my trip. I know this is a wide zoom, but I wanted to see how crop and sharpness would hold up on this little critter. I am now headed to the desert and mountains of New Mexico and will be shooting with it in the landscape for sure.





    1/320 sec at f/4.5, 70mm, AF, Handheld





    RAW to JPG original (no tweaks)
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    thank you for your sharing...and waiting for more pics

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    White Sands, New Mexico
    Nex-7 + Zeiss 16-70mm @ 1/400 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    I do have some test shots I did of the lens prior to shipping it back to LensRentals, I just need the time to get them uploaded to my site (a few days). Bottom line for me as a shooter, it was a nice lens that I used mostly handheld, except for the test shots (used tripod). Am I going to purchase this lens? Maybe. I liked how it focused and the weight was not bad at all. The above image was handheld as I walked around and tried shooting into the sun.
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    I have post three sets of test images shot with the E 16-70mm. All images were shot using a tripod and manual focus. All were shot at the Tallahassee Train Station. One shot is looking down the tracks, the next is a brick wall with elements, and the third is of my car parked near the tracks. The sequence is f/4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 & 22. Because Zenfolio will not let you upload RAW files, the images for download are jpg 100%.

    Here is the link: photoscapes | darr almeda | Test Images and use password: tests
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    Re: Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

    nice frs.

    this lens is really tempting.
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