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Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens

You Pay: $198.00
Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 45mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 1:1 Reproduction Ratio
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.8"
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm

The Sony SAL-30M28 30mm f/2.8 DT Macro Autofocus Lens is a compact and portable macro lens specially designed for close-up image-making. With it you can walk up to your subject and capture images from just 4.8" inches away, in outstanding clarity and detail.

Being a Sony DT Alpha lens, it is not recommended for use with 35mm full frame cameras. However, when attached to a cropped APS-C sensor DSLR, it has the 35mm equivalent angle of view that you would get with a 45mm lens. It captures a 1:1 reproduction ratio, making your subjects appear life-sized.

It is operated by a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for quiet and responsive AF performance. It also has a 49mm front-end filter thread so you can attach accessory filters onto it for added benefits and effects.

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 45mm
This 30mm macro lens is an "everyday" focal length with the benefits of macro optical properties, with the 35mm equivalent angle of view of a 45mm lens.
Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
With a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and minimum of f/22, this lens' high speed means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
1:1 Reproduction Ratio
With this lens' 1:1 reproduction ratio, your camera can produce life-size images of your subjects.
For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony DT Alpha cameras, this lens is recommended for use only with smaller cropped APS-C cameras.
Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
Designed for fast, smooth and silent automatic focusing, Sony's unique Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. The AF control signals from the camera body are sent to the lens-mounted SAM unit, which drives the lens directly, helping to assure quick and accurate AF response.
Minimum Focus Distance: 4.8"
Get mere inches away from your subject and still capture tack-sharp images. This macro lens can focus its elements when held just 4.8" away from your subject - giving your images a much greater level of detail.
7x 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: 49mm
The 49mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 30mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 50°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.80" (12.19 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 1.77 x 1.77" (4.50 x 4.50 cm)
Weight 5.29 oz (150 g)
Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens
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    Sony30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (36)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
    • Easily interchangeable (28)
    • Consistent output (19)
    • Nice bokeh (6)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (5)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (36)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Low light (11)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
    • Night photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    cheap and good macro lens

    The sony 30mm f 2.8 is a good option for amateurs and semipros. For outdoors is a perfect option but also for indoors in a low light conditions because of the f 2.8. I...Read complete review

    The sony 30mm f 2.8 is a good option for amateurs and semipros. For outdoors is a perfect option but also for indoors in a low light conditions because of the f 2.8. I would recommend this lens to a friend.

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    Dark, Dark, Dark but great quality

    Very good quality but for a 2.8 lens, it's dark. I had 3 lights on a macro object and open at 2.8 but it just seem as if it was not getting any light.Compared...Read complete review

    Very good quality but for a 2.8 lens, it's dark. I had 3 lights on a macro object and open at 2.8 but it just seem as if it was not getting any light.Compared to the 50mm and 100mm, this lens is just plain dark. Built quality is cheap as it is [*]. Also, it is 30mm so you really have to get close to the object to get a 1:1 ratio.

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    4.0

    Good lens for the price

    By Coasterman

    from Old Orchard Beach, maine

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

      Nice crisp photo's. As it should, it allows me to get very close to my subject. My test subject was very surprised at how much detail of her face it brought out. Looking forward to further exploration of its capabilities this summer.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      ITS A GREAT PURCHASE

      By nasiela

      from Puerto Rico

      About Me Photography Student

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

        Its a great one for beginners!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        GLAD I DIDN'T FOLLOW THE BAD REVIEWS

        By POPHEIZ

        from BOYERTOWN PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • I Found Nothing To Compla

        Best Uses

        • Baptisms
        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

        LOW LIGHT CONDITIONS WHERE FLASH SHOULD NOT BE USED.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent Macro Lens!

        By MJG198

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

          Purchased this for my girlfriend as a birthday gift. She was thrilled with it and is already taking some beautiful macro shots with it.

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          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          cheap and good macro lens

          By tormus

          from Mexico City

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

          The sony 30mm f 2.8 is a good option for amateurs and semipros. For outdoors is a perfect option but also for indoors in a low light conditions because of the f 2.8. I would recommend this lens to a friend.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens, especially for up close work

          By Gollo

          from Tucson AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

            Very nice lens, very happy to purchase this lens. Works as advertised. Would buy again.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Dan

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Aps-c Sensor Design

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

            Great portrait lens and very sharp macro photos.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A dream!

            By Jenifer S

            from Rio Grande, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

              Couldn't wait to check out the B&H superstore in NYC! I was all set to purchase just this lens when I fell in love with the camera body it was on and my hubby bought it for me too. I have had a blast taking up close shots with this lens. It is perfect for the amateur photographer to really get a feel for what you can do with up close shots. Use it with manual focus to really add interest to your pictures!

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              5.0

              small, handy and useful

              By Larry

              from Albuuerque, New Mexico

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                This is a small and handy lens primarily for use as a close-up macro lens. It is reasonably fast focussing and certainly does a good job on sharpness. I agree with other reviewers that it is primarily for stationary close-ups. For its cost it is a good investment.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Deal!

                By Haggy

                from Jacksonville, OR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                  Wonderful macro prime lens for the money.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Sony Digital Technology at its best

                  By jmtheowl

                  from miami,FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                    I bought this lens in December together with my Sony SLT-A65 digital camera-wonder... Sony had a special Holiday's promotion and the price I paid for it at B&H was just unbelievably low... In olden days during the Analog Era, I paid double the price for macro lenses of similar optical quality... It's a Macro lens that allows me to get very close, very close to the subject if need be... However, I can also use it as a prime lens for general photography because those 30mm in focal length are equivalent to 45mm of focal length if I were using a classic 35mm camera... The auto-focus is fast, accurate and smooth; it is small and light adding only about 5oz to my camera; the glass is of very good quality and f/2.8 gives me brighter image from the moment I'm focusing and composing through the EVF or LCD of my camera until the final moment when I shoot... I shoot RAW and am very pleased with quality of the images I get from this lens.

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                    5.0

                    lovely close-up lens

                    By MAG

                    from Brazil

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                      great for close-up and macro

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Lyn

                      from Alberta, Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                        This is the lens I was missing from my collection. I love to be able to take close-up shots with great detail.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens

                        By Coach B.

                        from Fredericksburg, VA

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                          This lens is great for any Sony Alpha user. I've had my Alpha 350 for over 5 years now - and this Sony Macro lens is a perfect addition, for those of us who are 'just fine' with a small-chip camera.

                          The ability (on the lens itself) to switch from AF to MF is a huge help. I can get right on top of my subject, with AF - then switch to MF to capture great shots.

                          I've only had the lens a few weeks; but thus far I've found it to be easy to use - and a joy to shoot with. While I've given thought to moving up to a full-size sensor and a larger DSLR - I think my Sony Alpha - and the accessories I've gotten over the years (Sony HVL-F42AM wireless flash; Sony SAL 75-300 zoom lens; and now this new Macro) will continue as my primary photographic gear.

                          As a hobbyist - and someone who just enjoys photography - but isn't a professional, I find the Alpha product line to be very good - and durable. To date, I've taken over 75,000 photos with my Alpha. With my new Macro lens, I intend to add some up-close-macro shots that I've previously been unable to get.

                          Everything with my B&H order went flawlessly - and the lens arrived very quickly. I've been a B&H user for over 17 years - sometimes with as much as 5 years between orders - yet they continue to be my number 1 supplier for both video and photographic equipment.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Macro lens for beginner

                          By Mom of photo enthusiast

                          from Upstate NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                            We purchased this macro lens for our daughter who is a beginner photographer using a Sony Alpha. She has taken some great photos with the lens that she wasn't able to with the lens that came with the camera as the standard lens would constantly try and focus on the object close up. The macro lens provides great up close photos while providing great clarity and crispness of the object i.e. flower, insect etc... Great affordable beginner lens for her to practice with.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Nice affordable lens

                            By broncoken

                            from Maryland

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                              Takes great macro shots

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              So happy with this lens

                              By keadesign

                              from Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Weak Casing

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                              I just bought this macro lens a couple of weeks ago and already I have changed the way I am taking photos. For the price, Sony has come through on very good technology yet allows anyone to indulge in marco photography. The minimum depth of field really makes you work hard to focus that particular shot but it is so worth it. It makes for interesting bokeh. It pushes you beyond the safe zone and makes you work for the perfect photo.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Macro lens for everyone

                              By Alxcampa

                              from Queretaro, Mx

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                                This is a unique lens, that is for it´s price tag. You can explore the macro photography before paying a $. affordable, fun, and it works. This lens offers more of what it cost, give it a try!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                High Value

                                By Pixurguy

                                from Cortlandt Manor, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                                  One of the best values in optics that I have ever encountered, Fast auto focus with range limiter, truely crisp and sharp images are possible with this in expensive lens. 45MM on a "C" sensor camera. Great all around performance.

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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Dark, Dark, Dark but great quality

                                  By AP

                                  from Baltimore, MD

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Dark images
                                  • Poor in Low Light
                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens:

                                  Very good quality but for a 2.8 lens, it's dark. I had 3 lights on a macro object and open at 2.8 but it just seem as if it was not getting any light.Compared to the 50mm and 100mm, this lens is just plain dark. Built quality is cheap as it is [*]. Also, it is 30mm so you really have to get close to the object to get a 1:1 ratio.

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