Sony AF DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM A-mount lens review by w1ggy

reviewer#7708 date: Jul-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:have nothing to compair it to
price paid:£129
positive:Sharp as hell light focus to infinity , and superb low light,small pocket size ,cheap
negative:nasty feel ,focus 1/1 is 1cm thats to close for most insects ,but its a cracking len,s for flowers and other suff,off camera flash needed or light box for close up work
comment:I got this to mainly do insects ,and it was in my budget ,im allways skint lol .Anyway the 1/1 scale is about 1cm from the subject and thats abit close for live insects,no problem though is an amazing len,s very very sharp everywhere ,does fantastic landscapes and flowers and general close up work its amazing .If you want a bug spotter get the 100mm macro just under £400 i think at the moment , but if like me you want a budget macro lens to take you into this very interesting field ,you wont go far wrong,dead bugd dont move lol its an idea to use slave flash or a light box for real close work as the len,s tends to block the flash on the camera,so a macro ring light or off camera flash is needed,but i have got many superb shots with this lens and its does awsome sunsets landscapes aswell im going to try it on star,s soon .

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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