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

reviewer#8078 date: Oct-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Sony DT 50/1.8 SAM
Sony DT 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:200 USD (new)
positive:- 1:1 Magnification is awesome
- Allows you to get real close to the action
- Sharp
- Lightweight
- Great Bokeh when focusing close
negative:- Build quality leaves something to be desired
- You get real close to the action if you want 1:1
- It's a bit hard to focus near 1:1 (this is usual for macros though)
- SAM is loudish and not fast
comment:I think this lens is a great bargain if you're looking for Macro on the cheap, though don't expect much in the way of build quality, it is OK, acceptable, decent, but just that. The Image Quality, on the other hand, is really good.

I'd recommend it if you want something small that you won't mind packing or don't want to spend too much on a great quality Macro.

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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