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

reviewer#7533 date: Jun-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:18-250
sigma 50 2.8 macro
minolta 100/2.8 macro
price paid:175 USD new
focal length for general photography
negative:1:1 focus distance not that usable
light fall off at 2,8
inconsistent focus at non macro range
comment:There are two ways to see this lens:
1) a dedicated macro lens
2) a normal prime with very close focus abilities
The fact is that this lens is not best in class for the above applications, but it does both pretty well.
1;1 macro is challenging because the front element is mm's away from the subject. For 1:2 macro or less, it is very handy.
At non macro ranges, one has to be careful about focus, which is not the most precise I've seen (there is something like 1-2mm of rotation between infinity and 2 m on the focus ring).
Apart from that, sharpness is exemplary starting f3.5, colors and contrast are very good. Some purple fringing is also present at larger f stops, as is light fall off. Swirly bokeh is also present untill f4.
For the price, this lens perfectly able and will deliver great images if you are aware of its limitations.

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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