Sony AF DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM A-mount lens review by teejay
|teejay#7533 date: Jun-5-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
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.