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

reviewer#7770 date: Aug-2-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 50/1.7
CZ 16-80
price paid:£169
positive:Very sharp, light weight, resistant to flare, good contrast
negative:it's built to a price, but having said that I've not had any actual cause for concern from the plastic build. Ask me in ten years time!

F2.8 gets you chromatic abberation in some circumstances.

SAM is not quiet!
comment:Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase. I'm sure that paying £4-500 for a macro lens would get some improvement in build, but as a value proposition this is excellent. My experience with this has put the upcoming 85/2.8 on my wishlist.

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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