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

reviewer#6430 date: Nov-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:sigma 105 macro
sigma 10mm fisheye
minolta 50 1.7
(only listing the prime lenses I own)
price paid:199.99
cheap build
front/back focus
comment:I am sending back my copy. It has severe focus issues. It is very noisy. It is not smooth focus. I took only 5 pictures with it since I was convinced that this copy might break because of the grinding noise. I don't know if this is normal, but this one was awful.

I will say that where it is in focus it is very sharp.

I would have loved a 30mm macro lens, but this is not the one. I had planned for this to be a flower lens, but the noise on this copy would have scared the flower away. And it would have been embarrassingly noisy in a place where other photographers might be.

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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