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Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras

You Pay: $278.00
Product Highlights
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Aspherical/ED Glass Elements
  • Smooth Quiet Operation for Video
  • Smooth Manual Focusing
  • Chromatic Aberration Minimized
  • Multi-Coating for Clear Renditions
  • Autofocus & Direct Manual Focus

Sony's 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras features a 1:1 magnification ratio at all apertures and ED glass as well as multi-coating for excellent image quality. Chromatic aberration and color bleeding are minimized to produce clear, crisp photos and video. Direct Manual Focusing lets you switch instantly from autofocus to manual focus without any other adjustments, and an internal stepping motor and rear-focusing design provide the quiet, smooth operation that's required for high-quality video capture. This is a versatile lens that gives you plenty of options for quality image-making.

1:1 Magnification Ratio
The SEL30M35 has a 1:1 magnification ratio so that subjects can be captured at full size on the camera's image sensor. This makes it easy to shoot quality macro close-ups of flowers, insects, and small objects.
Aspherical/ED Glass Elements
The SEL30M35 offers excellent image quality throughout the entire image area, with high contrast and minimal chromatic aberration from infinity to 1:1 magnification at all aperture settings. ED glass is used for the G4 element, minimizing chromatic aberration and color bleeding as well as multi-coating throughout for exceptionally clean, clear rendering.
Made for Movies
The SEL30M35 performs equally as well when shooting video. Thanks to an internal stepping motor and rear-focusing design It has optimized video performance for smooth, quiet operation essential for high-quality movie capture. Additionally, the filter mount does not rotate during focusing for hassle-free polarized filter use.
Smooth Manual Focusing
An easy-grip focus ring on the lens barrel gives you a solid "hands-on" feel in manual focusing. Additionally, Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to focus manually after AF lock-on without the need for any switching. This can be extremely useful in situations where AF can't lock onto the subject accurately, or when AF locks onto a point that does not match your intention. Electronic manual focus technology was originally developed for professional Sony camcorders to ensure smooth, precise focus control.
Performance
Focal Length 30mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Minimum Focus Distance 3.74" (9.5 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.19" (62 x 55.5 mm)
Weight 4.87 oz (138 g)
Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood (ALC-SH113)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty (Parts & Labor)
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    Sony30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (21)
    • Easily interchangeable (16)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Durable (9)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Low light (5)
    • Video (4)
    • Everyday (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Macro and walk-around lens

    For [$] this is an excellent piece of glass for the NEX system. The focal length isn't really long enough to be a practical macro lens for anything living as it requires you...Read complete review

    For [$] this is an excellent piece of glass for the NEX system. The focal length isn't really long enough to be a practical macro lens for anything living as it requires you to get so close to reach 1:1 reproduction. If you're shooting stills in a studio this is not such a big deal. As a walk-around lens, it's super light and very, very sharp. This lens, wide open at f3.5, I would put it on par with my old Nikon 50mm stopped down to f4. That says a lot about this little lens. In my testing I found that f3.5 - f8 are all so close in sharpness that I feel no need at all to stop it down unless it's for DOF. Functionally speaking, as a macro lens, I did find that by f16 there was some degrade in contrast and detail. Most of my macro work I shoot with lighting and the lens is set to f11-f22 to get enough depth to put my subject in focus. For [$]bucks, I'm satisfied with the lens' performance and will be keeping it and taking with me when I travel.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fine macro capabilities

    While you can use this lens as a 30mm walk-around lens, that's not its best use, as it's a bit soft, especially around the edges of an image. But as a macro...Read complete review

    While you can use this lens as a 30mm walk-around lens, that's not its best use, as it's a bit soft, especially around the edges of an image. But as a macro lens, it's wonderful. It focuses close. Although it's billed as a 1:1 macro, I've consistently been able to photograph at greater than life size. The outside of the lens is made of plastic (except for its camera mounts, which are metal), so treat it gently.

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    5.0

    getting this lense completes my needs

    By willie

    from ma.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

      love it looks great trying it sure results will be awsome

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Lens!

      By Tracy

      from Marietta, PA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

        This is a wonderful lens and the price is great. I am not a professional photographer by any stretch, however I am a jeweler and metalsmith and wanted good pics of my jewelry that I create. I love that I can get really close up pics that show great detail. For me, I was always trying to get the correct angle and lighting and just leaving the nex-5 in the auto position. Well some pics would end up in macro mode but most of them did not, so I was not getting a very detailed picture. Now with the macro lens, my nex-5 is still in auto, but all pics are macro and show everything. Again, I do not claim to be a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do want great pictures of my jewelry and this lens has helped me produce them.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Fine macro capabilities

        By charlie

        from Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

          While you can use this lens as a 30mm walk-around lens, that's not its best use, as it's a bit soft, especially around the edges of an image. But as a macro lens, it's wonderful. It focuses close. Although it's billed as a 1:1 macro, I've consistently been able to photograph at greater than life size. The outside of the lens is made of plastic (except for its camera mounts, which are metal), so treat it gently.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love the close ups

          By Bean

          from Colorado

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

          This has become my favorite lens on my a6000. Super light weight but good picture quality.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A good sense, for a great price

          By Raintitan

          from Columbia, MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Well priced

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

          The 30mm macro lens from Sony is an interesting lens, that takes a little bit of work to get the most out of. Overall it is very sharp but it it requires care and attention to detail when taking pictures because the depth of field can be quite narrow while at the same time very, very close to the subject.

          For macro work, I'm not sure you could do better for the price. The 30mm F3.5 makes the lens good for other photos as well although it struggles more as a jack of all trades.

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          • No

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          5.0

          great lens

          By vinny

          from Greenwich, ct

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

          Macro photography opens up more opportunities for every day shooting...this lens on the Sony a6000 is loads of fun...

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent inexpensive macro

          By Shoestring Shooter

          from Cold Spring, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 11 Focusing
          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

          I have used this lens primarily for extreme closeups of fine art. It performs reasonably well. It's quite sharp in the center of the lens. The corners are a little soft. Best aperture is probably f8, maybe f11.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          extremely satisfied

          By brotharoman

          from Colorado Springs

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Top Notch Service

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

            The lens came earlier than expected. It arrived in excellent condition and has surpassed my expectation. It allows my camera to produce some excellent photos. I definitely would recommend this site to anyone looking to purchase camera equipment.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My first macro lens and I like it!

            By Becca

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

              Like others have said, the focusing is a tad hard to get used to but the image quality is phenomenal! I haven't used it a whole lot but so far, I'm a very happy customer

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Performance

              By Busy retiree

              from Las Cruces, NM

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                I used the 30mm Macro Lens within a few days of receiving it for more than 400 photos of archaeological artifacts. The lens was very satisfactory for both closeup and general photos under improvised conditions. A great addition to my NEX series camera.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Super sharp!

                By ace1a

                from New York , NY

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                  Great construction and super sharp , great capabilities, Limited 3.5 aperture, Great flare and CA suppression !!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Decent

                  By t-LOC

                  from Silver Spring, MD

                  Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                  Not bad for price. Difficult with moving objects so no live close ups or even wind. Requires mostly hand focus.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A must have lens

                  By jojocarnival the nice guy

                  from Sydney, Australia

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                    Great lens to take when going out for drinks or a meal. Shoots portraits, food and drinks quite well. I recommend the minimum following "Must Have" lenses to compliment your Sony Nex.
                    1. SEL16F28 with a VCL-ECU1
                    2. SEL55210
                    3. SEL30M35 (this one)
                    All my other lenses are great but are not "Must Have"

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice lens for the money

                    By RH Seattle

                    from Renton, WA

                    Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                    The choices for the Sony NEX mount in macro lenses are limited right now, but since I wasn't satisfied with close-up filters, I decided to go with this one. I would have liked a longer lens, but decided that since I'm not usually shooting moving insects, etcetera, I could live with this one. I don't regret my decision at all. This works great and is a vast improvement over what I was doing. I haven't used it in all situations yet. Some reviewers are saying its hard to focus. But you have to be aware that is you're shooting at close range with the aperture wide open you have a very shallow DOF. I've not had trouble focusing, especially when I use the manual focus assist feature (I think that's what it's called when you hold your shutter button part way and turn the focusing ring). I'm finding myself leaving this lens on the majority of the time because it's perfect for getting those quick shots.

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                    4.0

                    Wide macro

                    By Shoestring Shooter

                    from Cold Spring, NY

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Not The Sharpest

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Nature
                    • Photographing Art
                    • Small Wildlife
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                    I use this lens both for macro photography and for photographing art. It is pretty sharp and reasonably rectilinear, with tolerable distortion. Everything I shoot and keep goes through post processing, so the fact that it is not excruciatingly sharp or perfectly rectilinear is not that big a deal.

                    What sets it apart is that it is the widest macro lens available for APS-C, and possible for any format. That's important for shooting art, as I need a relatively short working distance, to avoid bumping into and destroying other works. And it can do wide shots and macro shots with equal quality, which is very useful.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    CLOSE UP

                    By BAJALES

                    from SAN DIEGO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                      SO LIGHT AND SUCH GOOD CLEAR PICTURES
                      GLAD I BOUGHT IT TO GO WITH MY OTHER LENS

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                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Lens!

                      By Papa B.

                      from Houston,TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                        Gift for my spouse who is heavily into flower photography. Clarity of images is amazing. I know that it will certainly expand her hobby.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        3.0

                        Lens isn't bad for the money.

                        By Joe T

                        from Deerfield, Mass

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus
                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                        General Photography and closeup shots. This lens seems to have some trouble focusing on complex scenes and images. Seems to lack crispness but not bad given the cost.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Must have accessory

                        By dr.e

                        from MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                          This product is a must have for medical photography, as well as for macro work in nature.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice lens - Nice price

                          By Cornbread Fred

                          from Phoenix, AZ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Wrong Body Color

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras:

                            Lens is great except that the Sony Alpha Nex-7 comes in various colors and it would be much appreciated if the lens would have been available to match the rest of the camera body and other lens purchased for the camera.

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