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Carl Zeiss 16-70mm Sony 18-105mm f/4 Lenses Announced

Carl Zeiss 16-70mm Sony 18-105mm f/4 Lenses Announced - Sony has announced two new Sony E-Mount lenses, including an 18-105mm f/4 Power Zoom lens, and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-70mm f/4 OSS T* lens.

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16-70mm f/4 OSS
Sony has announced two new E-Mount lenses, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm f/4 OSS lens, and the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS power zoom lens. In addition to these two new lenses, Sony has also announced a black version of the Sony E 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens.

The Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS lens features optical image stabilisation, and is due to be launched mid September, with an estimated retail price of £839.

The Sony 18-105mm f/4 PZ OSS lens is the first Sony G lens for E-Mount, and features 
optical image stabilisation. The lens is due to be launched mid September, with an estimated retail price of £499.

Read our Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS Lens Hands-On Preview
Read our Sony 18-105mm f/4 OSS PZ Lens Hands-On Preview

Look at our Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Black Portrait Lens Preview 

From Sony: Maximise your picture power with new E-mount lenses

Premium Carl Zeiss and Sony G Lens™ zoom lenses widen creative options for E-mount camera owners
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS – compact image-stabilised zoom for everyday shooting
  • E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS – first E-mount G Lens with smooth, quiet focus and power zoom
  • E 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens – now available in black
The choice of E-mount interchangeable lenses grows with three new models for quality-conscious photographers who demand serious image quality and inspiring artistic options.

A versatile standard zoom by Carl Zeiss is joined by Sony’s first ever G Lens for E-mount cameras and interchangeable lens camcorders. Together with a new black finish option for the popular E 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens, the latest additions boost the total range of E-mount lenses to 18 (including two conversion lenses).

All new lenses are ideal for use with NEX-3, NEX-5, NEX-6 and NEX-7 mirrorless compact system cameras, as well the new α3000 and Handycam® NEX-VG900E1 and NEX-VG30EH Full HD camcorders. 

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (SEL1670Z)

E-mount interchangeable lens camera users can experience renowned Carl Zeiss optical excellence in a beautifully compact, easy to carry zoom. A practical 4x zoom range (24-105mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent) makes the SEL1670Z ideal for a wide range of everyday photo situations, from landscapes and portraits to informal snapshots.

Outstanding contrast and resolution at all zoom settings are key features of this premium go-anywhere lens. Advanced aspherical lens (AA lens) technology combines one AA lens element and three normal aspherical elements, reducing lens size and weight without sacrificing image quality. Unique to Carl Zeiss, renowned T* coating on optical surfaces reduces glare and ghosting for natural colour reproduction plus superb definition and clarity.

Unlike budget zooms that stop at the tele end, maximum aperture remains a constant f/4 at all focal lengths. This reduces the need for high ISO settings when zoomed in, and also allows the use of high shutter speeds to freeze fast-moving action. As an extra refinement the circular aperture can achieve beautifully smooth, natural background defocus (bokeh) effects.

Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation system counters the effects of hand shake for crisper shots – even at slow shutter speeds or in low light.

Exemplary optical performance is matched by the premium construction you’d expect from Carl Zeiss, with an elegantly finished metal exterior for enviable looks and a distinctively luxurious feel.

18-105mm f/4 PZ G OSS

E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS (SELP18105G)

Sony introduces the first ever G Lens that has been created especially for E-mount cameras and interchangeable lens camcorders.

The SELP18105G covers a generous 5.8x zoom range – equivalent to 27-157.5mm (35mm full-frame equivalent) – that’s ideal for travel photography and general-purpose shooting.

Optical design of the SELP18105G 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. Distortion and spherical/colour aberration are minimised for beautiful rendering with excellent contrast at all focal lengths. The circular aperture guarantees smooth, professional bokeh effects whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video.

This premium all-rounder is particularly suited to Full HD video shooting. Technology developed for Handycam® ensures remarkably smooth, quiet autofocus and power zoom operation that won’t disturb your subject. 

The conveniently-placed zoom lever on the lens barrel allows fixed or variable-speed power zooming, with easy fingertip operation to reduce unwanted camera wobbles. For even greater creative control, independent focus and zoom rings allow manual focus adjustment while zooming. Overall lens length remains unchanged during focusing and zoom operation to ensure comfortably consistent handling.

Like the new SEL1670Z, the SELP18105G maintains a consistent f/4 maximum aperture for plenty of brightness at all zoom settings. Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake for crisper handheld shots, even in challenging low-light conditions or when you’re zoomed right in.

E 50mm f/1.8 (SEL50F18)

In response to user demand, the E-mount 50mm f/1.8 fixed-focal length lens is now available in a striking black finish to match your E-mount interchangeable lens camera. This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus (bokeh). Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake for crisp, blur-free images when you’re relying on available light. Smooth, quiet autofocus is less likely to disturb your subject – whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video.

The new SEL1670Z, SELP18105G and SEL50F18 E-mount lenses from Sony are available in the UK from October 2013.

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