Vario-Tessar T* FE 4/16-35 ZA

The compact all-rounder.

Little room? Unfavorable lighting? Bad weather? If yes, then the Vario-Tessar® T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS from ZEISS featuring a weather-proof metal body is your perfect partner for brilliant images. The full-format lens – an outstanding performer despite its lightweight, compact design – impresses with its ideal balance between optics and internal software correction. Breathtaking manual photography even in low-light situations is no problem thanks to the Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization system. The benefits of a constant full aperture at all focal length settings – a common feature on professional zoom lenses – leaves no wish unfulfilled. This compact all-rounder is therefore ideal for your wide-angle and super wide-angle photos.
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  • Features

    Compact Full-Frame Lens

    Take advantage of all the benefits of full frame photography with a compact lens that is as versatile as it is capable. Compared to an equivalent full frame SLR lens, it is light and small enough not to weigh you down. And it is also suitable for use on APS-C size camera bodies, but please note the crop factor when considering the angle of view.

    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.

    Robust and weatherproof metal construction

    Its metal barrel and bayonet as well as elaborate protection against dust and spray make the lens perfect for shooting in demanding outdoor conditions – and also guarantee its constant readiness for many years of intensive use.

    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.

    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* FE 4/16-35 ZA

    Performance Focal length 16 - 35 mm
    Aperture range f/4.0 - f/22
    Camera mount Sony E-Mount*
    Focusing range 0,28 m (11.02") – ∞
    Lens elements | groups 12 / 10
    Angular field (full frame) 107° - 63° (diagonal)
    Angular field (APS-C) 83° - 44° (diagonal)
    Physical Filter thread M 72 x 0.75
    Diameter max. 78 mm (3.07")
    Length (withouth lens caps) 99 mm (3.90")
    Weight 518 g (1.14 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* FE 4/16-35 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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