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

reviewer#7532 date: Jun-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Min 24/f2.8 (RS), Sony 100/f2.8 Macro
price paid:149 GBP
positive:Compact, sharp, cheap + you will bump into things before you are too close to focus on them.
negative:Horribly light off the camera. Front element quite exposed (not recessed).
comment:Amazing little lens - could be as sharp as the 100 Macro and will never refuse to focus on anything - you will give up before the lens does.

Tested on a full-frame film camera, where the image circle filled the entire viewfinder - looked like there was some darkening in the corners, but still very usable.

Double extension is very robust, without wobble and the front of the lens does not rotate (so OK for polarising filters).

Front element is not recessed and there is no lens hood, so I've ended up screwing an empty 49mm filter ring on the front to give a little protection and to allow the fitting of the lens hood from an old 28mm Takumar (although the hood has to be removed for close-ups as the lens focuses so close).

DMF does not work with this lens - similarly the AF/MF button on the a700 body will still work, but the lens is not released. The on-lens AF button is a positive asset on the 5D, where it falls to hand better than the body switch.

Although the lens is very light off the body it seems quite well put together and you don't notice the absence of substance when it is attached to a camera body.

Lovely little lens - a treat to use - a new 'plastic fantastic'.

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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