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Sony30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (27)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (33)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Low light (5)
  • Video (4)
  • Everyday (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32), 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

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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    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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      5.0

      Excellent Lens

      By JMichael

      from Denver

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      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

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        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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        • No

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        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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          5.0

          Great Little Macro Lens

          By Tony

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          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

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          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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            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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              3.0

              Fine macro capabilities

              By charlie

              from Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              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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                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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                4.0

                A good sense, for a great price

                By Raintitan

                from Columbia, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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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                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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                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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                        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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                        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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