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Sony SEL16-70z Lens £495.97 @ Amazon

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Sony SEL1670Z E-mount Carl Zeiss Lens

Out of stock at the moment - but you can order at this price for delivery when it comes into stock.

This lens is normally around £750
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[mod]#1
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#2
Brilliant price. Brilliant zoom lens. Well spotted.
#4
Scorchio!

Seriously tempted.
1 Like #5
Just ordered a spare one to go with the refurbished 16-70 I bought in January for £440!
Unless there's a price drop imminent, this is a stupidly good price and you'd make a decent profit on eBay tbh.
#6
i think price is back up
#7
Yep, you're right... I expect they'll be cancelling mine soon :)


ajmitchell
i think price is back up
#8
Even at 495 it's a lot of money for a lens which gets lukewarm reviews. Some report only marginal improvements over the kit 18-55, though I would very much like the chance of a go to find out for myself.
Good find OP.
#9
eatmorefish
Even at 495 it's a lot of money for a lens which gets lukewarm reviews. Some report only marginal improvements over the kit 18-55, though I would very much like the chance of a go to find out for myself.
Good find OP.

Think you're wrong there about opinion of this lens. It's expensive and on e-mount and doesn't cover everything or one thing to perfection.
A recipe for stupid people to moan and not be subjective.
From what I've read the past 20 minutes it's a top notch lens in an ideal form factor if you're on emount. Yes there's the doubters but all of them without fail are people with low end NEX cameras who don't understand form factor and build quality are actually factors that determine a price along with image quality.
#10
I've been using one on my NEX-7 since Christmas and it's more than a marginal improvement over the kit. I find it to be pretty much as sharp as any prime including both the 35 and the 50mm right through the zoom range. The colour rendition is very nice too, better than any Sony lens I own. It frees you up to be able to rely on one lens and guarantee great results.
Sure, it's overpriced but we are talking about camera gear here.
1 Like #11
Sounds good to me if honoured similar quality to 50mm prime and hopefully free if able to palm off the additional purchases. :)
Can't argue with that
#12
Yeah, I shall be selling my refurb with 6 months UK warranty and keeping the brand new one :)

You might want to be aware that I've had 3 since January and there was a noticeable disparity in focussing accuracy and ultimately sharpness between each lens, the one I kept was bang on but one wasn't as sharp which I returned, I sold the other for a £150 profit :)

Incidentally, at the 16mm end it's awesome which makes it a really great lens for landscapes and architecture, the first time I used it in less than perfect light I was staggered with the results when compared with the 18-55.

Regarding the 'lukewarm' reviews, I've only really seen mainly positive reviews, the main criticism being the RRP of £900.
#13
I would more than happy to stand corrected. Perhaps I'll have to get my hands on one just to see for myself.

I tend to have very little faith in Amazon.com reviews. Once you take away the 'sponsored' reviews, non-verified purchasers, first time review five star posters, and people who wouldn't know a Full frame from a full breakfast, there is very little to go by. And, to be frank, I wouldn't put it past Sony's marketing dept. to include a little of their own input.

Laying all that aside, the stock 18-55 is really very good. Perhaps too good...who needs an upgrade when Sony made the kit lens so good? No doubt the 16-70 is better, but 500 quid better? 800 quid better? Even being able to write these things off as a business expense (I carry a NEX and MFT every day for work) I can't really justify the price in terms of image quality.

As for being as sharp as the 35 and 50mm primes...I'll take your word for it. I'd still take the primes with their extra weight and the hassle of changing them. Each to their own.

Maybe I will bite if it comes down to £500 again. But first I want to see some shockingly good images. :)
#14
eatmorefish
I would more than happy to stand corrected. Perhaps I'll have to get my hands on one just to see for myself.

I tend to have very little faith in Amazon.com reviews. Once you take away the 'sponsored' reviews, non-verified purchasers, first time review five star posters, and people who wouldn't know a Full frame from a full breakfast, there is very little to go by. And, to be frank, I wouldn't put it past Sony's marketing dept. to include a little of their own input.

Laying all that aside, the stock 18-55 is really very good. Perhaps too good...who needs an upgrade when Sony made the kit lens so good? No doubt the 16-70 is better, but 500 quid better? 800 quid better? Even being able to write these things off as a business expense (I carry a NEX and MFT every day for work) I can't really justify the price in terms of image quality.

As for being as sharp as the 35 and 50mm primes...I'll take your word for it. I'd still take the primes with their extra weight and the hassle of changing them. Each to their own.

Maybe I will bite if it comes down to £500 again. But first I want to see some shockingly good images. :)


I've got the 35, the 50 (which I love) and the 16-70, oh and the 16-50 (which I hate) and the 18-55 which I agree is a decent kit lens.
I was similarly unconvinced about the 16-70 until I used it, it's the best NEX purchase I've made so far, especially paired with the A6000 and to a lesser extent due to its contrast detect only AF, the NEX-7.

I agree entirely about the price, it's a joke, but unfortunately when you live in the UK every camera manufacturer takes the Michael, and depressingly we seem to roll over and take it...
The good thing I find about lenses is that they keep their value very well and are therefore not an indulgence for me, I've never lost money on any lens I've ever bought... Unlike most other things I waste my money on :)


I'll try and take some decent pictures and post them on here!

And...
Here's a fairly complimentary review which I'm sure you've already seen :)
#15
mikeyfive

I've got the 35, the 50 (which I love) and the 16-70, oh and the 16-50 (which I hate) and the 18-55 which I agree is a decent kit lens.
I was similarly unconvinced about the 16-70 until I used it, it's the best NEX purchase I've made so far, especially paired with the A6000 and to a lesser extent due to its contrast detect only AF, the NEX-7.

I agree entirely about the price, it's a joke, but unfortunately when you live in the UK every camera manufacturer takes the Michael, and depressingly we seem to roll over and take it...
The good thing I find about lenses is that they keep their value very well and are therefore not an indulgence for me, I've never lost money on any lens I've ever bought... Unlike most other things I waste my money on :)

Thanks for that, I am a fellow A6000 owner. So far I have the following collection of lenses:

I have been debating the 16-70 Zeiss for a while when I saw this go down to £495 I ordered one. It is now due for delivery on Friday.
Like you say even if it is not for me you can always sell lenses on easily enough.

18-200 original - great all-rounder lens with excellent stabilisation. Big but doesn't feel too bad on my A6000
16-50 - generally OK. I have actually owned three of these and they vary an awful lot in quality. Two copies were really bad at the wider end of the range but improved significantly at the 50mm end of the range. The third was good at the wide range but had some minor issues at the longer end - I kept that one.
18-55 - surprisingly good. No obvious issues at any particular focal length.
50mm F1.8 on order

I do wonder if I should get a 35mm as the 50mm may be great for portraits but is a bit limiting as an all-round lens.

Edited By: GadgetHunter on Jul 02, 2014 17:26
#16
The Sigma 30mm gets good reviews and costs peanuts. I have this on my cheapie nex and cannot justify the 35mm based on reviews.
#17
GadgetHunter
mikeyfive

I've got the 35, the 50 (which I love) and the 16-70, oh and the 16-50 (which I hate) and the 18-55 which I agree is a decent kit lens.
I was similarly unconvinced about the 16-70 until I used it, it's the best NEX purchase I've made so far, especially paired with the A6000 and to a lesser extent due to its contrast detect only AF, the NEX-7.

I agree entirely about the price, it's a joke, but unfortunately when you live in the UK every camera manufacturer takes the Michael, and depressingly we seem to roll over and take it...
The good thing I find about lenses is that they keep their value very well and are therefore not an indulgence for me, I've never lost money on any lens I've ever bought... Unlike most other things I waste my money on :)

Thanks for that, I am a fellow A6000 owner. So far I have the following collection of lenses:

I have been debating the 16-70 Zeiss for a while when I saw this go down to £495 I ordered one. It is now due for delivery on Friday.
Like you say even if it is not for me you can always sell lenses on easily enough.

18-200 original - great all-rounder lens with excellent stabilisation. Big but doesn't feel too bad on my A6000
16-50 - generally OK. I have actually owned three of these and they vary an awful lot in quality. Two copies were really bad at the wider end of the range but improved significantly at the 50mm end of the range. The third was good at the wide range but had some minor issues at the longer end - I kept that one.
18-55 - surprisingly good. No obvious issues at any particular focal length.
50mm F1.8 on order

I do wonder if I should get a 35mm as the 50mm may be great for portraits but is a bit limiting as an all-round lens.

Since I bought my 35mm f/1.8 I've never mounted the 50mm, they're both excellent and very sharp but I prefer the 35mm (50mm full frame) focal length.
I've had the Sigma 30mm but find the Sony 35mm to be a far better lens for my usage anyway, it might sound like overkill on a 35mm, but I like to have OSS and find it makes a huge difference, every shot I get is pin sharp whereas on the Sigma to guarantee sharp pictures I found I had to raise the ISO in anything but perfect light and even then got quite a lot of blurred pictures. If you're shooting landscapes on a tripod then it's no problem but I don't... I shot a handheld photo of the full moon rising in my garden at 11pm last month at 1/20 second with the 35mm @ f/2.8 and got a pin sharp image, the OSS is that good.
Just my preference but I'd spend the extra and get the Sony lens, it's a killer sharp lens with very nice AF and colour rendition also far better build quality than the Sigma which again matters to me... I managed to pick a brand new sel35f18 for £250 so it wasn't excessively more than the Sigma.
I'm sure you'll love the 1670z, let me know what you reckon.
1 Like #18
Well at £250 the Sony 35mm is a no-brainer ! ! !
#19
Price drop again! £402.77, it's selling used for more than that on ebay, so I've ordered one. Thanks OP
#20
mabz
Price drop again! £402.77, it's selling used for more than that on ebay, so I've ordered one. Thanks OP

You were quick - well done with catching that one!
It went down to £402 about 3am and then up to £451 at about 6:50am. I got a price alert email but by the time I had got up at 7am it was up to £451. I ordered one at £495 and thought that was a bargain. At least Amazon have agreed to refund me the difference to take it down to £451. Would have been nice to get it at £402 but £451 is still a fantastic deal.

This reminds me that a truly committed Hotukdealer does not waste time sleeping. If I have to sleep it should be in a chair, in front of the PC, with my phone tied to my hand and set to vibrate if I get a price alert email. :p



Edited By: GadgetHunter on Jul 04, 2014 08:20: d
#21
oh....hmm..just came in to say it had been reduced to £451 and looks like I shouldn't have as it's already been down to £402 :)
Let's have a go on the old customer service web chat see what happens.
#22
Wow, just got lucky on the chat and spoke to a delightful person who changed all 5 of my orders to £402.77, if you don't ask you don't get :)

For those who also want to try it, I had 5 orders at the £495 price, cancelled them this morning then ordered again at £451, I explained I'd already had orders which I'd cancelled but from the conversation I don't *think* that had a baring on the CSR agent altering the price to £402.

Give it a go, £402 for this lens seems just ridiculously good a price, thought it would be cancelled as a misprice at £495, obviously not.

Ta
#23
Got my order from today down to £402 from £451, and my orig order down to £451
#24
robo989
Wow, just got lucky on the chat and spoke to a delightful person who changed all 5 of my orders to £402.77, if you don't ask you don't get :)

For those who also want to try it, I had 5 orders at the £495 price, cancelled them this morning then ordered again at £451, I explained I'd already had orders which I'd cancelled but from the conversation I don't *think* that had a baring on the CSR agent altering the price to £402.

thanks for the advice. Had an online chat with Amazon and they agreed to refund a further £49 to take my price down to £402. Absolute steal of a price.

Give it a go, £402 for this lens seems just ridiculously good a price, thought it would be cancelled as a misprice at £495, obviously not.

Ta

Why do I get the strangest feeling that at least 4 Sony lenses are coming on to Ebay very soon :p

Why did you only order 5?

BTW I have been watching these on Ebay for a while. The last second hand mint one went for £500 although one has been on sale for a while at £650. New unopened ones may go for a bit more
.

Edited By: GadgetHunter on Jul 04, 2014 12:41: d
#25
FFS I didn't see this and it's gone back up to the normal price.

I'm cancelling mine at £500.
#26
GadgetHunter
robo989
Wow, just got lucky on the chat and spoke to a delightful person who changed all 5 of my orders to £402.77, if you don't ask you don't get :)

For those who also want to try it, I had 5 orders at the £495 price, cancelled them this morning then ordered again at £451, I explained I'd already had orders which I'd cancelled but from the conversation I don't *think* that had a baring on the CSR agent altering the price to £402.

thanks for the advice. Had an online chat with Amazon and they agreed to refund a further £49 to take my price down to £402. Absolute steal of a price.

Give it a go, £402 for this lens seems just ridiculously good a price, thought it would be cancelled as a misprice at £495, obviously not.

Ta

Why do I get the strangest feeling that at least 4 Sony lenses are coming on to Ebay very soon :p

Why did you only order 5?

BTW I have been watching these on Ebay for a while. The last second hand mint one went for £500 although one has been on sale for a while at £650. New unopened ones may go for a bit more
.

LOL
Not sure if that's an insult or just a passing remark, actually ordered another 5 but on a separate account as amazon doesn't let you order more than 5 of a lot of things didn't want to risk cancellation.
Problem is that I hadn't made the previous order before the lower price came into effect, so I'd simply be asking for amazon to honour a previous price which they won't do to my knowledge but didn't ask, orders are still there might give it a go.

Yes will be on ebay or amazon marketplace at some point obviously.
Make no qualms about profiteering in general and certainly not when it's denying nobody else a free lunch.
#27
mikeyfive
FFS I didn't see this and it's gone back up to the normal price.

I'm cancelling mine at £500.

Leave that order open for time being and speak to them on webchat, or at least have the order numbers to hand from the cancellation email if you've already gone through with it.
1 Like #28
robo989

LOL
Not sure if that's an insult or just a passing remark, actually ordered another 5 but on a separate account as amazon doesn't let you order more than 5 of a lot of things didn't want to risk cancellation.
Problem is that I hadn't made the previous order before the lower price came into effect, so I'd simply be asking for amazon to honour a previous price which they won't do to my knowledge but didn't ask, orders are still there might give it a go.

Yes will be on ebay or amazon marketplace at some point obviously.
Make no qualms about profiteering in general and certainly not when it's denying nobody else a free lunch.

Don't worry I am certainly not having a dig.

I really don't see why people get so upset at someone making a profit from doing something perfectly legal. The opportunity to do this is available to ANYONE with the spare cash or even a credit card if they dont have the cash.

On the plus side you are helping reduce the price on the used market. You are a true humanitarian :)

If I could be bothered I would do it myself. Thanks for the tip about buying 5 per account. Maybe I will buy 10 if they fall again but for now I'm just interested for my personal use... :)
1 Like #29
... on a side bar, this price fluctuation just shows how much profit there is in camera gear for retailers!
1 Like #30
^ You've got nothing to lose apart from feeling like a bit of a suck up twit on webchat mate.
Cringe and get on with it, the emails go to a different department, not the front line pawns who work from home and can make mistakes ;) Those are the people you need.

It might sound like a long shot but amazone customer service can be ridiculously generous if you connect to the right CSR agent.

Anyways I'll shurrup don't mean to rub it in with previous commment.
#31
ETA for my order on June 30th is now Monday (7th July)
#32
ETA is Thursday, I only use Super Saver Delivery cos my free Prime trail ran out :)
#34
Thanks - on to Amazon now to see if they can match this price with my other pending order at 402

A bit cheeky I know :-)
#35
:-) Got Amazon to lower it down to 402 for the new order today :-)
#36
Mine still at no estimated date yet...
Strange.
1 Like #37
robo989
Mine still at no estimated date yet...
Strange.

They probably had to put in an extra order for your 5 lenses :)
I received the first one but haven't got a date on the second yet.
1 Like #38
;)
lol well yes...hmmmm...
#39
#40
Not me :)
Though there will be some from me eventually!

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