Sony 30mm F3.5 Macro E-mount lens review by 4paul

reviewer#11439 date: Nov-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50/3.5
"macro" switch of Minolta 28-85
"macro" switch of Minolta 35-70
price paid:200 USD used
positive:autofocuses almost to the front element
very high resolution
negative:kinda big for what it is
no focus limiter
no focus marks
wide angle macro
comment:I bought this lens to use as a normal walkaround lens; I did not like it. My complaint was "it looks like it was designed by a computer".
Of course for a macro lens that is precisely what you want - flat field, high resolution, neutral color.
Using this as a dedicated macro is great, except that it is a wide angle macro so it is difficult or impossible to isolate a subject, or sneak up on anything which moves.
Autofocus works up to the lens hood - amazing!
The lens hood is a brilliant design, and has prevented me banging the glass many times.
If this were a 100mm macro it would be legendary.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.60 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania