Sony launches Zeiss 16-70mm F4 OSS, 18-105mm F4 G, and black 50mm F1.8 E-mount lenses

Sony announces three new E-mount lenses today for NEX system cameras: the Carl Zeiss T* 16-70mm F4 zoom, 18-105mm F4 G power zoom, and a black version of the existing 50mm F1.8. All three feature Sony’s OSS Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

Covering an equivalent range of 24-105mm, the Zeiss 16-70mm F4 zoom uses four aspherical elements and an ED glass element, and has T* coatings to reduce flare and ghosting. The 18-105mm F4 covers a 27-157.5mm equivalent range, and has a lever on the side of the lens barrel to operate the power zoom. The lens uses two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements. The 50mm F1.8 will be familiar to NEX fans, as a silver-colored version is already in Sony’s lineup.

According to Sony, the black 50mm F1.8 and 16-70mm F4 zoom will be ready to ship to consumers in September; the 50mm prime will cost about $300 and the 16-70mm will cost about $1000. The 18-105mm F4 power zoom will be available in December for $600. 

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Sony Expands E-Mount Lens Family with Announcement of Three New Models

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom

New Offerings Include 16-70mm F4 Carl Zeiss Lens, 18-105mm F4 G Lens™ and 50mm F1.8 portrait lens in black

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2013 – Sony has announced three new additions to its line of E-mount interchangeable lenses, including a versatile mid-range zoom (16-70mm F4) by Carl Zeiss, a power-zoom G lens (18-105mm F4) optimized for video – Sony’s first ever G Lens™ for E-mount cameras – as well as a new black finish option for the popular 50mm F1.8 portrait lens.

The ever-growing family of E-mount interchangeable lenses now totals 18 different models from Sony, Carl Zeiss and now G lenses, giving shooters an impressive selection of creative tools to enhance their photography. 

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS Zoom Lens (SEL1670Z)

The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens gives photographers the opportunity to experience legendary Carl Zeiss optical excellence in a supremely compact, easy-to-carry zoom lens. A practical 4x zoom range of 16-70mm (24-105mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent) makes this model ideal for a wide range of everyday photo situations, from landscapes and portraits to informal snapshots and everything in between.

This premium lens provides outstanding contrast and resolution at all zoom settings, and it has a renowned T* coating on optical surfaces that reduces glare and ghosting for natural color reproduction, superb definition and clarity. Lens size and weight are minimized thanks to Advanced Aspherical lens (AA lens) technology, which combines four aspherical elements with one ED glass element.

Additionally, the new Carl Zeiss E-mount lens maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture at all focal lengths, reducing the need for high ISO settings when zoomed in and allowing the use of high shutter speeds to freeze fast-moving action. It also has an extra refinement in the circular aperture which enables naturally smooth background defocus, and features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for reducing the effects of hand shake.      

Aesthetically, it has a stylish metal exterior and the premium look, feel and construction expected from Carl Zeiss.

E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS Power Zoom Lens (SELP18105G)

The new E 18-105mm F4 G power zoom lens is the first ever G lens created for Sony’s E-mount line of cameras.  The premium all-around lens covers a generous 5.8x zoom range from 18mm – 105mm (full frame equivalent 27mm – 157.5mm) and is an ideal choice for travel photography as well as every day, general purpose shooting.

The innovative optical design of the new zoom reflects its G Lens pedigree.  Two ED glass elements are combined with three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, minimizing distortion and color aberration.           

Featuring a remarkably smooth, quiet autofocus and powerzoom operation, the premium G lens is particularly suited for video shooting.  The conveniently-placed zoom lever on the lens barrel allows fixed or variable-speed power zooming, with easy fingertip operation to reduce unwanted camera shake.   Further, the overall lens length remains unchanged during focusing and zoom operation, maintaining consistent handling and delivering a more natural shooting experience. 

Like the new Carl Zeiss zoom lens, the E 18-105mm F4 G model has a circular aperture that enables smooth, professional quality background defocus, and maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture for plenty of brightness at all zoom settings.  It also features Optical SteadyShot to cut the effects of camera shake while shooting.

50mm F1.8 Portrait Lens in Black

In response to user demand, the E 50mm F1.8 fixed-focal length lens is now available with a stylish black finish to match any black E-mount interchangeable lens camera. This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus.  It also has Optical SteadyShot for reducing camera shake and smooth, quiet autofocus capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

  • The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens will be available in late September for about $1000. 
  • The new E 18-105mm F4 G Series zoom lens will be available in December for about $600
  • The new E 50mm F1.8 portrait lens in black will be available in late September for about $300

The new lenses will all be available at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please visit for a full video preview of the new E-mount lenses and follow #SonyNEX on twitter for the latest α NEX camera news.

E 16-70mm F4 and E PZ 18-105mm F4 specifications

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E 18-105mm F4 G power zoom E 50mm F1.8 prime in black

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Now we are talking. Another few rounds of lens releases like this and Sony will be in the game.

I hope Canon is watching these announcements very closely. They need to come up with an answer for Sony’s releases.


so, this is a “Sony Zeiss” and not a “Zeiss Zeiss” such as the Touit lenses?? .. not that the name matter to me.


so desperate


It’s like, they want people to buy their camera products. Bwahaha, Phony!


@yabokkie I think everyone here is sick of your trolling.


I was going to ask him to give us a list of camera gear he has, so we could have a trolling-festival together…


Two slow zooms and an useless prime of 75mm EFL. Exciting…


For a portrait lens, too bad the 50mm F1.8 prime wasn’t 58mm or 60mm.

The results from the 16-70mm F4 zoom don’t look bad


75mm is okay, only the f/1.8 for APS-C is a bit slow.


yabokkie, get a life.


Don’t get fooled by the volume(not too big anyway) or the darkness(not dark anyway) of the 16-70 zeiss.Having seen the samples in Dyxum site,the results are s t e l l a r ! But then,I always expect top quality from Zeiss.

Jesper Frickmann

YES! This is what I have been waiting for. I must say that Gustav’s sample shots with the ZEISS look really good! And I like the size of that lens too. But I also like the longer focal length and the price of the G… The reviews will decide which one I get for my NEX 6!


The Zeiss has a distance scale (can’t see it in the picture?). Aaand suddenly I am interested.

Mirrorless Crusader

NEX FF will have about one stop slower lenses than typical Canon or Nikon offerings. It would be a good idea to make the lenses smaller to suit a smaller camera and to make them cheaper. and the stop difference won’t matter that much because it will have an amazing Sony sensor with great high ISO performance.


Same here. But in my case, I would like to have FF in good light since lenses are sharper with FF and probably a bit better DR.


For those who haven’t seen them yet..

..19 (amazing) sample pics can be found at:


Very nice set, great photographer as well, I think he could make the pancake look nice 🙂


This is exactly what NEX needs, high quality walk-around zoom lens. Pair the Zeiss 16-70mm F4 with NEX-6/7, and you have one awesome system.


NEX does need compact budget f/4 zooms but these are for the budget of the fools.


Zeiss made or zeiss specs made lens are AAAAAAALWAYS better than equivalent featured lenses made by Canikon,etc..Personally,and I pocess a lot(agewise),I prefer an f/4 zeiss than a Canikon or any,f/2.8..quality gentlemen..


Anyway Nikon’s f/2.8 normal zooms are not stabilized.


basically this lens will compete will Oly mZD12-40/2.8 which is 0.3 stops faster but with a narrower zoom range at comparable price (say 900 US).

both should have good MTF performance as they are small aperture lenses. f-number cheating may give the Oly one an upper hand.


I’d really like the 16-70mm lens in an A mount.


What about the SAL1680Z? I would expect its performance to be on par with the ‘newbie’.


NEX mount lenses can have higher quality.


In theory, but so far the performance between A-mount and NEX versions of Sony/Zeiss lenses hasn’t been that dissimilar.


okay, higher quality at the same cost,
lower cost at the same quality.


If you think these things are big – wait until the FF NEX-style system arrives if it ever does. That system’s lenses will make the new NEX lenses looking much smaller.

Maybe then the eager FF MILC adepts will eventually realize that a “faaaast” 2.8 standard zoom for FF is going to be huge and heavy regardless whether there’s a mirror in the camera or not. “Where can I buy a large and heavy battery grip to balance this monster on my small and flimsy camera?”

Ever tried to cheat the laws of physics? Well, simply doesn’t work as they are laws and not an opinion. And as APS-C is the second largest sensor format being used in consumer cameras it requires relatively large lenses especially when aiming at fast f-stops and decent quality.


just wait until Sigma make us an f/2.8 equiv. lens on NEX,
16-45/1.8 maybe.


Welcome, Mr. Equivalence Troll on Duty…

…but what’s your point?


I think Sigma f/1.8 zoom for NEX mount will be of higher quality (higher resolution, less aberration, and maybe wider zoom range etc.) than their current 18-35/1.8 for A-mount.

while Sony can concentrate on making small aperture lenses.

Rod McD

It’s not true that all FF lenses are huge. While f2.8 zooms and long teles may well be quite large, a wide range of prime lenses can be relatively small. There are millions of small light legacy AF DSLR lenses with FLs from 24mm to about 85mm with filter threads of 46mm, 49mm and 52mm. Not large at all. I suspect that most of the people looking for a FF NEX plan to use primes for landscape, street and travel rather than very large zoom and long tele lenses.


mirrorless lenses should be smaller, better than equivalent SLR ones for that’s reason we need a different mount.

Rod McD

It will be interesting to see the performance of the 16-70f4. There has been quite a bit of whining about the f4 maximum aperture, but if it’s IQ excels corner to corner at f4, that would be fine for many users.

Fuji’s 18-55 f2.8-4 is undoubtedly the best 18-55 standard zoom currently on the APSC market and one reason for many buyers to consider their X series mirror-less cameras. Sony’s Zeiss 16-70 is wider, longer and physically smaller (if a stop slower). If it performs as well as its premium price suggests, it might be a real asset to the e-mount range.


You can find some sample shots at:


Hmmm, I was waiting since nex-7 intro for a G or Zeiss standard zoom for my wife as she now only has the 24/1.8 . Now the question is which one to get, 2mm on the short end or 35 on the long end.

Gut feeling is Zeiss with the 50 will win it, but the misses likes her telezoom too, hope there will be some reviews soon to help decide!


definitely we need lenses better than 24/1.8
but not small aperture zooms like these.


I prefer primes for maximum aperture, but yes, if they would have managed 2.8 in that package size (or a little bigger) it would have been sweet.
Big question of course… is either the Zeiss of G full frame or not.


I’ve shot a lot with the 24/1.8 Zeiss, it’s a fantastic lens. Besides being plenty sharp, the color and contrast out of that lens are stellar… but of course you’ve never spent time using it so you couldn’t know that.


The G one look pretty big for NEX system (482 g and 72mm filter size, outch!) and the Zeiss a bit expensive..


a blue dirt may cost you the same as the lens itself.


why do the lenses appear so huge ? The 50mm looks really long.

Aero Windwalker

Sony is really working on the future technology…


Will A-mount die?


better sooner than later.


I think A mount will die in another 25 years at least. If not more.

NEX has no telephoto lenses, no f1.4 primes, no IBIS and no FF bodies.


why would you want the A-mount to die? So you can eliminate competition and drive up prices?

John Romas

Dear DPreview staff (and everybody else) I have one critical question about the 18-105 G lens: as I have seen that it has two control rings, does that mean that with one we can zoom manually, like any non-powerzoom lens?
Thanks to anyone who can clear this up!


Yes. You can use either manually zoom or use the power zoom buttons.


popcorn… soda …

ready… set…

*pop* may the equivalency wars BEGIN!


Well atleast its constant…should be a short war that will equal 5.6. there…done and done….


though the G badge is really an ugly design it looks much better than the Zeiss one. why should Sony prefer non-genuine third party lenses?

btw, I’d prefer to hold the lens between the zoom and focus rings.


Why would anyone care what a lens looks like? The only thing that matters to a photographer is the image that a lens slaps on the sensor.


Sony does.

that’s why they pay Zeiss for a small blue dirt on the lens.


IMO, the Zeiss is the absolute best looking standard zoom I’ve seen. It looks classy, which it is.


A 16-70mm ZA F4? Now there’s an answer to a question no-one asked. Better than nothing for Sony users I guess.


Zoom range is excellent at 24-105mm equivalent, but the aperture is a kind of boring. Could have at least gone f2.8-4 or something.


F4 is fine for me. It keeps the lens small, compare this against lenses like the bulky Canon 15-85 (I owned this one), or the Nikon 16-85.
66.6×75 mm 308g vs 82x88mm 575g, vs 72x85mm 485g. The Sony is smaller, lighter and faster at the telephoto end. Not a bad combination.
I personally think the trade off of 1 f-stop is worth the decrease in size. If I want a large aperture, Sony has 3 excellent F1.8 lenses I could choose from. This lens, assuming it’s optically great, is a big win for Sony. Eventually when I buy back into the NEX line up, this will be the 1st lens I get!

What people should be talking about is it’s the first Zeiss lens for Sony’s interchangeable lens cameras with OSS!


> compare this against lenses like the bulky Canon 15-85

you can’t compare them. they are for very different mounts.
many people may casually think they are both APS-C,
but APS-C SLRs got a very long back focus to over come.
this is the reason why we need a new mount.


Are you kidding? NEX users have been interested in a high quality standard zoom lens since day one.


> at least gone f2.8-4 or something.

agreed, that will be less worse but still small aperture for a standard zoom for APS-C (maybe sub-standard).




Zeiss is rubbish that cost you good.


Zeiss was referring to their own branded lenses made by Cosina.

This is a Sony lens made by Sony under Zeiss supervision. Not the same thing.

Zeiss branded lenses have been on Sony P&S cameras for a long time and were image stabilized.


The Zeiss looks fantastic.


I agree! Something I would love to have! Ive wanted a zoom like this since I had a A300 with the 16-80ZA for a short period

I dont like how they named it a Tessar though….


Zeiss = shame and shameless


@ yabokkie
I’ve shot Zeiss so I know you’re a liar and a worthless troll.

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