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Sony30mm f/2.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (42)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (36)
  • Easily interchangeable (35)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Nice bokeh (9)

Cons

  • Weak casing (5)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (42)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (15)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Upgrading our Sony DSLR-A100 Digital Camera

By tj

from Sun City Center, Florida

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Na

Best Uses

  • Closeup Of Subjects

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

Our original lens for our DSLR-A100 provided great shots, except - for the closeup pictures.

The ability to get closeup pictures is very important to us because of our three (3) 'fur' kids.

As they say, "...a picture is worth a thousand words..." see what the sony7 30mm F/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Macro Prime Lens allowed us to do.

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  • No

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5.0

Good Macro lens

By gann

from Western Minnesota

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is an excellent Lens. Small and works FABULOUS.
    I like the Macro. I recommend. Lightweight

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Very Happy

    By MLee

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

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

      Easy to use. Popped it on and went out and got shots right away. So far haven't found a thing I don't like about it. Price was great!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Must have... almost

      By Anuran

      from Fargo, ND

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        A very cost effective lens and in my opinion a must have lens on a APS-C camera. My initial work with this lens simply impressed me due to its versatility in coverage and closeups. In fact it's macro capabilities are quite exceeded my expectations. If I am right, teh lens can get almost as close as a centimeter or so to the object. I was using SAL 50mm 1.8 almost exclusively and now SAL 30/2.8 is almost as good as the 50mm but for it's f2.8. So in the dusk 50mm rules. My other grievance is (just as with SAL50mm, the plastikiness of the lens). I am not sure if it will break or bounce if it falls down.

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        5.0

        Very happy

        By Val

        from New Jersey

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

        Bought these for my husband. He is thrilled. Thanks Marty

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        3.0

        Bueno para su precio.

        By tinr27

        from Uruguay

        Verified Buyer

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

        Bueno para su precio.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Wonderful

        By nortonpics

        from Union City, Michigan

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I use this for macro photography, getting close ups of flowers.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Good Macro Lens

          By DW

          from Roanoke, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Focal Length

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

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

          Purchased this to use as a macro lens. Performs well. Quick, accurate focus. Good in low light. Focal length is a little short, making 1:1 difficult at times.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Macro learning lens

          By BCP

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Easy On The Pocket Book
          • Great Learner Lens
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Close up portraits
          • Macro Photography

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

          The pictures are sharp once you get the hang of the back and forth focusing , better to use manual focus if your eyesight is good. This is a very good lens to just step into macro photography. So when you put down those big dollars you will not have to waste time learning your limits and have more fun shooting.

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          • No

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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.

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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!

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                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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                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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