Sony AF DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM A-mount lens review by The Toots

reviewer#12096 date: Jan-20-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm Macro 2.8
price paid:180
positive:It's cheap.
Close focusing
Good colour
negative:It's plastic fantastic
Close focusing
comment:I used this lens for a few years when i had the a35 & a65. For the money it's a great lens. It's sharp, easy to use and has the usual Sony colour.
Achieving 1:1 means the lens has to be about an inch away from the subject, which will cast shadows and give you a razor thin DoF (which has it's own pros and cons), similarly, if you're wanting to photograph insects they'll mostly likely be spooked by having a lens that close to them, if not the noisy AF will probably disturb them. I wouldn't recommend it for wildlife but for objects, product etc it's very good.
If i'd have paid £500+ i'd be annoyed, but i didn't, so i was very happy with this lens and was sad to see it go.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 40
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 3.43
  • distortion: 4.48
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.34 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania