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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 28 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (19)
    • Easily interchangeable (14)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
    • Consistent output (9)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Video (4)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    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

     

    Lens isn't bad for the money.

    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.

    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.

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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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    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.

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    • 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.

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      • No

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      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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        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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          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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            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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              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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              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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                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.

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                  • 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.

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                  • Yes

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                  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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                    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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                      5.0

                      Nice and a must have

                      By jon i

                      from San Diego

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Good Price
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Nice Manual Focus As Well

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Can Work For Portraits
                        • Macro Photography

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

                        Many of us love the NEX cameras for supurb image quality and it super light weight -
                        Not that I do not love my Nikon and Canon full size DSLR bodies and lenses - but the advantages if the light weight and size are to many to mention.
                        So who does not want to travel leight weight - and of course I would recommend the Tamron 70-200 3.5-6.3 lens ( Sony's silver 70-200 3.5-6.3 is also good but more money and wider and not in black if you have say a NEX 7 ) but for the weight and size of this Sony 30mm f3.5 and fair price it is hard to not justify getting it. So when traveling you have the chance to capture the small things along the way - it is amazing how a new world opens up when you get into macro photography -
                        Currently not many other choices for the e-mount unless you go with an adapter ring and some DSLR mount lenses - which is going to be much heavier.
                        This lens weighs next to nothing -
                        it is not the fastest macro out there - but for traveling these 3 lenses are a must - the Tamron 70-300 and this Sony f 3.4 macro and possibly the 16mm 2.8 wide angle - though primary only for the ultra wide angle and when you want to be able to pocket your NEX body with the 16mm pankake -
                        Now there is a much thinner 18-55mm coming out early next year.
                        but again no brainer - macro photgraphy is exciting and nice to have a super light weight good quality made including good image quality.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent for the price!

                        By Joe from NJ

                        from Aberdeen, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I was hesitant to purchase this lens. I felt that with an f/3.5 it would limit what me taking pictures. I finally decided to take the chance and I'm so glad that I did.

                        The lens doesan excellent job accurately reproducing colors, and it's macro capability is incredible.

                        Auto focus is a bit slow with a little searching, but I find that to be pretty common with mirrorless lenses. This 30mm was a bit faster than others that I've used, but not the fastest.

                        After shooting with this lens for a few weekends, I'm very happy I ordered it. It's now one of my favorite lenses. It would have been absolutely amazing at f/1.4, or even 2.8, but at this price, I cannot comlain. See my pictures and decide for yourself.

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                        5.0

                        Great product and fast and free shipping

                        By pawpaw fan

                        from Central Massachusetts

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

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

                          My Sony NEX-C3 with the manufacturer's compact 16mm lens was awful for capturing the detail lady slipper flowers growing nearbye. I decided that a macro lens was a must have and looked for a reputable dealer, free shipping, a reasonable price, and a sales tax free transaction. B&H Photo and Video was the ideal choice. The transaction was simple and fast and the package arrived quickly. That evening I captured bumblebees and tiny flowers in dim light and was very pleased with the outcome. I have been using the macro lens as my primary lens for travel and family shots. The images in all situations are fine and so it is a fine overall lens as well. I captured scenery in focus as a passenger of a car that was travelling in the high speed lane of the highway. Most of the day was rainy on Saturday and I still obtained have fine clear outdoor shots. The detail of bumblebees is fascinating and I am embarking on a collection of images to inventory the various species in my neighborhood. Thank you for selling this great Sony product.

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                          4.0

                          Good bang for the Buck

                          By lesm

                          from Poughkeepsie NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro and portraits
                            • Macro Photography

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

                            Sharp, light, but a bit large- smaller would have ben better.

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                            4.0

                            Fine lens for the price

                            By art the photog

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

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

                              Best use for macro with Sony NEX cameras

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