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

reviewer#21425 date: Nov-14-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 F2.8 Macro
Minolta AF 50 F2.8 Macro RS
Minolta MD 50 F3.5 Macro
Minolta AF 50 F3.5 Macro
Sigma EX 70 F2.8 DG Macro
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Tamron SP 90 F2.5 Macro
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 D
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS
Vivitar 135 F2.8 Close Focusing
price paid:108 USD (used)
positive:Small and light
Flat field
Nearly covers 135 full format
negative:Inaccurate AF
Minor barrel distortion
Bluish color cast
Minor purple fringing
Lack of any sort of hood
comment:This is the second cheapest Sony lens behind the DT 50 F1.8. With the caps on it looks identical to the 50 F1.8. Both use the 49 mm filter size and lack hoods. The lens body is also shared with the other two Easy Choice Lenses (35/1.8 and 85/2.8). The 30/2.8 has a 180 degree focus throw like 85/2.8, but the barrel doesn't extend as far as that lens.

Unlike the other macro lenses and the primes the tiny front element of this lens is close to the front of the lens and rather unprotected. There is no provision for a hood other than the filter threads.

As long you can get very close to the subject this lens works very well. It is sharper in the center wide-open than any of the Minolta macro lenses. SAM AF works well using the Kenko Teleplus 1.5x DG and 1.4x DGX teleconverters.

The more I use this little lens, the more impressed I am with it. The 35 f/1.8 may be a better everyday lens because of more reliable AF. It is too bad it doesn't cover full-frame at low magnifications. I like the slightly tighter field-of-view compared to 28mm primes.

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
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