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

reviewer#43007 date: Feb-7-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 60mm Macro
price paid:250 Euro (New)
positive:- Light
- Small
- Sharp
- True macro
- Low Chromatic Aberrations
negative:- Build Quality
comment:Being 30mm it offers a 45mm equivalent FOV when used on apsc, which is perfect for a walking around lens. From what I have seen the lens can be used on Full Frame too with some minor vignetting in the corners.

The strength of this lens is static subjects, the way it renders the out of focus areas around F/4-F/8 is quite special, almost like you're painting with bokeh, I added a few photos to the samples page so you can see what I am on about.

Because of the short MFD you will often cast a shadow on the subject when getting really close, that can be both good and bad, on a really sunny day around mid-day casting a shadow over the subject only helps getting rid of the harsh light, but in the morning or evening when the light is just right, you really have to be careful about your angles.

The only minus would be build quality, "thanks" to the SAM motor the focusing ring turns during AF, which can be annoying if you hold onto the lens when taking pictures, the plastic mount isn't really an issue for me, though they could have added a metal plate to the mount to give a feel of better quality.

Compared to the Tamron 60mm macro I like using this lens when there is an interesting background, because of the shoter fucal length you can fit some of it in the photo, making it a little bit more interesting.

For insect macro any other macro lens is better than this one, if you like static subjects though and usually shoot hand-held, this would be a really good lens to own, once I get a full frame camera that's able to shoot with crop mode off I'll add more to the review.

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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