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Sony30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 46 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Easily interchangeable (20)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
  • Consistent output (15)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (38)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Low light (5)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
  • Video (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36), 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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4.0

Super sharp but autofocus is just horrible

By ApexPC.Imgur.com

from Houston, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    Super sharp macro shots! This is fun to play with. The E mount doesn't have many native options, and this is affordable.

    The only negative is that the autofocus is just horrible. I don't know why, but it constantly focuses all the way in and all the way out before it finds a spot (which is usually not what I want). It's extremely slow. Maybe I got a bad copy, but I didn't realize it at the time since it was one of my first lenses and it's too late to exchange it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Review update

    By Congoman

    from Southeast USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Use for nature, product, general photography. The more I use it, the better I like it. Super sharp.

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      5.0

      Great Macro Lens

      By Congoman

      from Southeast USA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Very sharp photos with this lens. Lightweight. Very good build quality. Autofocus is not quite as fast as some of my other lenses, but not bad, especially with focus setting on "spot". I typically use manual focus when shooting close-up shots.

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      5.0

      30mm great Macro

      By Okito

      from Long Beach, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        Great sharp results with this lens and Sony A6000. Love the camera love the lens.

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        OMG this thing is SWEET!

        By Chuck Photo

        from Arvada, Colorado

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          This lens will be on my person whenever my camera is. This lens is sharp, photos are crisp and clear. I can use it for macro or just plain shooting. The bokeh is very pleasant and the depth of field fully open is spot on! Way to go SONY!

          I really don't have any Con's to write about. I'm going to love this lens!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Macro lens

          By GW

          from Los Angeles

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

          Purchased lens for Sony A6000 for still and video macro shots. Very good lens for the price. Quiet, light weight, and fast with good light.

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          (0 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This is the worst Macro lens, wasted 3000 images

          By lldd11

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

          Absolutely worst macro lens I ever had. I'm so disappointed, wasted 3 days of work and over 3000 images!. It does not shot what you select in focus, it pics randomly one very small part of the image as focus and puts everything else in blur as dept of field. It could be edge of leaf somewhere in the corner of image and the rest of image dramatically blur. I'm very upset as I will not have opportunity to shot again what I was shooting and I just deleted every single image, as they are completely unusable.
          I took couple of images with my regular walk around lens (which is not real macro) and those came out much better, then any image I shoot with this one. I just put it into garbage, so I can never get so disappointed again.

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          5.0

          Very sharp and light

          By Knowazark

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            This lens is incredibly sharp, especially around f5.6. I used it for jewelry photography and couldn't be happier. It's also very light and portable.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like it a lot

            By Chuck Johnson

            from Pensacola Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              I have not shot this lens much but I am very happy with the results so far. Looking forward to shooting more to realize the full potential of this lens.

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              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Lens

              By JMichael

              from Denver

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                Excellent lens for detail work, if you are into detail this is the lens for you.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice, affordable macro lens

                By Sandy Skene

                from British Columbia, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                I just received this macro lens for my a6000 and from what I've seen so far the macro images are great. I won't be using it as an all around lens, but think I'll be pleased with it for macro especially for the price.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A great macro lens

                By sailinsteve

                from San Jose

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                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:

                  I bought an A6000 and this macro lens a couple weeks ago.
                  the short focal length gives great depth of field.
                  I had previously used a Canon 100mm L series, and thought that I needed the longer focal length to keep from shading out the subjects but this works great.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Little Macro Lens

                  By Tony

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I added the SEL30M35 to my assortment of e-mount lenses, because I needed a macro for my a6000. Construction quality is outstanding for a relatively inexpensive lens, and I've been getting fantastic results shooting JPG's and letting the camera handle the post. (The a6000 does such a great job with in-camera processing that I never shoot raw with any of my lenses.) Very good DoF for a macro when shooting at F4.5 or higher, and capable of producing beautiful brokeh when desired.

                  This lens wouldn't be my first choice as a walk-around due to its lack of image stabilization and rather slow focus (the SEL50F18 makes a much better walk-around), but it will do in a pinch and its macro performance has been awesome.

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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

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                    • Yes

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                    (12 of 12 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.

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                      (7 of 7 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.

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                        • 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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                        (5 of 5 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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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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