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Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens

B&H # SO10028M MFR # SAL100M28
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Product Highlights

  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 150mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • For Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Cameras
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Auto Clutch Manual Focus Ring
  • Focus Hold & Range Limiter Buttons
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The 100mm f/2.8 AF Macro Autofocus Lens from Sony is a mid-telephoto macro lens that focuses as close as 1.2' away from your subject, with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1 - meaning your subjects can appear life-size in these close-up images. It is compatible with Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum SLR cameras. Its double-floating element design eliminates aberrations and ensures sharp, high-contrast results.

Its circular f/2.8 aperture provides a natural-looking, round bokeh background effect, and allows you to shoot in darker conditions due to the bright wide-open aperture. With it you can walk up to your subject and capture images from just over one foot away, in outstanding clarity and detail. It also has a 55mm front filter thread so you can attach accessory filters onto it for protection and effects.

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 150mm
This 100mm lens has the 35mm equivalent viewing angle of a 150mm lens, when attached to cropped APS-C cameras.
Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
With a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and minimum of f/32, this lens' high speed means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
Using this lens' full potential, you can get close-up images from just a foot away for exceedingly blurred backgrounds and sharp details.
9x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 55mm
The 55mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Auto Clutch Manual Focus Ring
Thanks to this lens' Auto Clutch, the manual focus ring does not rotate in auto-focus mode which improves handling and prevents you from accidentally changing your focus.
Focus Hold & Range Limiter Buttons
This lens is made with a Focus Hold button and Range Limiter, which offer better focus control and performance whenever you need it. Switch between auto and manual focusing for more speed or precision, and then lock the focus to keep it right where you want it. Then, using the Range Limiter, tell your lens which end of the focusing range you want it to use in order to limit the amount of seeking time it has to do and increase AF performance.
Performance
Focal Length 100mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 24°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.2' (36.58 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 8/8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 3.90" (7.5 x 9.9 cm)
Weight 1.11 lb (505 g)
Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH0007 Lens Hood for 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 & 100mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 33 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (19)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Strong construction (18)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
    • Durable (13)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
    • Portraits (5)
    • Low light (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
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    5.0

    Superb

    By Juan Rositas

    from Hidalgo, Texaa

    Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

    It is the only lens you will need to cover all your nside needs.It is compact, fast and silent, so you can take it with you in a small pounch, no need to carry other lens.You may use it in automatic mode for great portrait and manual for special effect with shades and shadows.

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    5.0

    Very good lens

    By Rich

    from Clarkston, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

      This is my first Macro lens and I think it is great. Sometimes it takes sometime to focus but the results are outstanding.

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      5.0

      a superb addition to your A77 or A99 kit

      By Rick Darke

      from southeastern PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

      I use this on both A77 (effective 150mm) and A99 bodies for pro landscape and bird photography and it produces shockingly sharp images. Yes, the autofocus is slow and noisy but it doesn't matter to me because manual focus is so sure and easy (really the best approach to most macros). Light and bright, it is sharper than the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm which is really impressive.

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      5.0

      great macro lens

      By MAG

      from Brazil

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

      excellent cost benefit

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      • No

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      4.0

      The Best Quality Wise.

      By ABEDI

      from COSTA MESA,CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

      The sharpest Macro Lens I have used (compared it to my Canon 100mm F2.8L IS Macro) Surprisingly it is so small and light which is a pleasent surprise once you see the images. On the down side the Autofocus is driven by the camera body and the lens is noisy, slower to focus compared to their other F2.8 Lenses and is over priced.

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      4.0

      A new world of photography!

      By Lynda O.

      from Walla Walla, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • See text description

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

      For years I have been wanting a lens for close-up photography. Continually frustrated by the limits of my other cameras and lenses, I decided to invest in the SAL-100M28 Macro lens. Even though I've only begun to practice with it, I can already see results not possible with my other lenses.

      Because I have had it for such a short time, I cannot give an extensive review. One initial "con" was the rather "sticky" action of the focus adjustment. But it became smoother as I used the lens.

      Also, I'm noticing that the autofocus sometimes takes awhile to hone in on what I want in focus, even when the camera is set to spot focus. This is when manual focus works better.
      My techno vocabulary is limited, but I know what I want in a photo.
      And so far I'm very pleased with the lens.

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      5.0

      Beautiful pictures

      By Donna K.

      from Duluth, MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

        A bit noisy as it focuses, but beautiful macro shots. Manually focusing hurries this focusing issue along.

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        5.0

        Lovely Lens

        By tismeinaz

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Pet portraits

          Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

          I have been using it to take pics of flowers and also got a close up portrait of my dog. Quality lens and the pics turned out great. Do make sure to use the focus limiter - makes focusing so much easier. I haven't come across any cons yet.

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          5.0

          Loving it

          By Snidely J

          from Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

            I haven't had this lense very long but it is well built, very sharp and has lots of potential. I've used it more for portraits so far and they are outstanding. I have done a little macro. I got tired of using a full tripod on macro's and have bought a monopod. When I get it tomorrow, I will start taking some macro's. I can hand hold lots of close up but at 1:1, I really need the pod. I did get some good shots hand held but it is quite clear to me that at least at my age, the monopod will be a big help.

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            5.0

            Very good one

            By maurocct

            from Johnston, IA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

              This is my second macro lens. This is better compared to my older sigma.

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              5.0

              great lens

              By Larry

              from PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

              So far I'm having a lot of fun with this lens. It is very sharp and give true 1:1 macros. It is rather hard to use, but that's just the nature of the beast. I've found that I really need to use a tripod and remote release for the most clarity. Build feels very solid and the weight is nice. Auto focus is slow and rather loud. It would be nice if they did this with SSM. But no complaints here. Just having fun.

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              5.0

              Sweet

              By Sophie

              from calexico, ca

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                Excellent lens!

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                • No

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                5.0

                As grea as few other 100mm macro on the

                By Christian carneiro

                from Santiago, Chile

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                This is an old design by Minolta improved by Sony.
                The lens itself is very smooth, although it does have the typical noise from the screw transmission, not found on the more recent counterparties. Still as in any Macro, SSM motors are not very usefull, and all the quatilies of this breed make this particular lens very attracting.

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                5.0

                a close look

                By aanji

                from Iowa City, IA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • It is not a lightweight

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                a great lens - I only use the manual focus, but the auto-focus has a way to limit itself to either end of the focus range to speed up focus.
                seems quite sharp

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Sharp by Sony

                By Jimmick3

                from Orlando FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                  many years ago i had a 100mm macro lens for my Minolta 202 and it was my favorite lens. now i have an a850 Sony and have the 100mm macro lens back...it is already my favorite one...and i have CZ 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom lenses. i think the fixed focus lens must be better and sharper at least as far as i can tell...i am NJoying the macro part a lot and like going from telephoto to macro...this will be on my camera most of the time. i really like it and it is lighter too.

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                  5.0

                  Spectacular!!

                  By Alpha User

                  from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                    Incredible macros. Very sharp lens, great detail. One of my favorite lens. Using on a a580.

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                    4.0

                    Very good lens

                    By AP

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Clean

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                    Great lens all around.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very Good lens

                    By Henry17820

                    from Ottawa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                        Very sharp lens~~

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        So far so good

                        By KK

                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                          I'm an amature photographer, and plan to use this a lot. So far the weather has prohibited me from trying it out very much, but I'm impressed with what I've tried. I can't wait to use it to its full potential.

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                          5.0

                          Another quality lens from Sony

                          By Hobotraveller

                          from B.C. Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Sony 100mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Lens:

                            Great quality lens for portraits and Macro photography

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                            • No

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