Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

B&H # SO10028M MFR # SAL100M28
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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Double-Floating Lens Elements
  • Auto Clutch Mechanism
  • Focus Hold Button & Focus Range Limiter
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8"
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 100mm f/2.8 overview

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Get up close and personal with some of the tiniest subjects with the 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony. A telephoto prime designed for full-frame A-mount cameras, this lens' main selling point is the minimum focus distance of just 13.8", permitting for true 1:1 magnification. It also has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 and can be stopped down to f/32 for advanced depth of field control. In order to guarantee maximum image quality at these close-focus distances, the lens uses double-floating lens elements in its optical design, helping to combat aberrations.

The 100mm Macro is made for smooth operation and handling, with both a focus hold button and focus range limiter providing tactile controls to speed up shooting. It also has an Auto Clutch mechanism that prevents the focusing ring from rotating while using autofocus. Additionally, it has a nine-blade circular diaphragm for smooth, rounded bokeh.

This telephoto prime macro lens is designed for full-frame Sony A-mount DSLRs, and can also be used on APS-C models where it provides a 150mm equivalent focal length.
True macro design affords a life-size, 1:1 magnification ratio along with a 13.8" minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects. A focusing distance and magnification scale is also printed on the top of the lens to aid in more technical applications.
An aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32 allows for operation in a wide range of shooting situations and enables photographers to better control depth of field.
Double-floating lens elements help to minimize aberrations, especially when focusing at extremely close distances.
An Auto Clutch mechanism prevents the focusing ring from rotating when the lens is set to autofocus, allowing for easier, and more natural feeling control over the lens.
A focus range limiter switch allows you constrain the usable focus range between a set limited range or full for improving focus speed, and a focus hold button is also featured to manually stop the autofocus at a specified point.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 027242694408

Sony 100mm f/2.8 specs

Focal Length 100mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony A
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 24°
Minimum Focus Distance 13.78" (35 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 8 / 8
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 3.88" (75 x 98.5 mm)
Weight 1.11 lb (505 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 4.3 x 4.1"

Sony 100mm f/2.8 reviews

100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100MM 2.8 Macro is famous for a reason I realized how many photos of flowers I was trying to take and decided to get this lens. I do not regret that decision. I actually like the focus ring on the sony and the feel of the action in manual mode. On the Sony A700 (and I believe the A100 too) you can set the focus hold button to be Depth of Field preview which is very helpful. There is not much to be done about the sometimes hunting focus because of the lens design, and flowers aren't going anywhere fast. Manual mode is fast enought for insects in flight. The image quality is amazing-sharp as a tack. I knew the Minolta 100mm 2.8 macro had a big following and counted on what seems to be the same design under the Sony name to be just as good or better. I think it is.
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect portrait and macro. This is the lens that is always on my cameras. All the best portraits I have taken were with it (the Minolta Maxxum version, which is the same optical design ). The lens obviously is called a macro because it is capable of 1:1 reproduction. But it produces perfect portraits of one to several people, by moving back as necessary. PERFECT sharpness, no distortion, no color cast, extremely high contrast, and fast AF. The focus range limiter divides the range in a very intelligent way - infinity down to 60 centimeters, 59 centimeters down to 1:1 macro, and full range. For people photography I leave the limiter switch to limit the focus range for the farther - and can get extreme close ups of my niece at 60 cm (which is 1:4). The focus range division in other makes of 100 mm macros is not as well chosen. For eg. infinity down to 45cm or 50cm - ( giving around 1:3 magnification - to close). Getting back to contrast, I find that it is so high, that reducing it with a filter sometimes gives even better portraits, like with a Duto filter. I also use the Duto filter when I copy photographs. The front lens element is very deeply recessed in the barrel, so the supplied hood is not used on my lens. The focus ring does not rotate in AF mode, and the lens front moves forward only 8 or 9 mm when the focus range limiter is set for 60cm to infinity. Problems Encountered: None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Sima 100mm macro. Tamron 90mm. Vivitar 100mm. Items I Recommend: 55mm Duto filter
Date published: 2007-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new world of photography! For years I have been wanting a lens for close-up photography. Continually frustrated by the limits of my other cameras and lenses, I decided to invest in the SAL-100M28 Macro lens. Even though I've only begun to practice with it, I can already see results not possible with my other lenses. Because I have had it for such a short time, I cannot give an extensive review. One initial con was the rather sticky action of the focus adjustment. But it became smoother as I used the lens. Also, I'm noticing that the autofocus sometimes takes awhile to hone in on what I want in focus, even when the camera is set to spot focus. This is when manual focus works better. My techno vocabulary is limited, but I know what I want in a photo. And so far I'm very pleased with the lens.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp by Sony many years ago i had a 100mm macro lens for my Minolta 202 and it was my favorite lens. now i have an a850 Sony and have the 100mm macro lens is already my favorite one...and i have CZ 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom lenses. i think the fixed focus lens must be better and sharper at least as far as i can tell...i am NJoying the macro part a lot and like going from telephoto to macro...this will be on my camera most of the time. i really like it and it is lighter too.
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best Quality Wise. The sharpest Macro Lens I have used (compared it to my Canon 100mm F2.8L IS Macro) Surprisingly it is so small and light which is a pleasent surprise once you see the images. On the down side the Autofocus is driven by the camera body and the lens is noisy, slower to focus compared to their other F2.8 Lenses and is over priced.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great lens So far I'm having a lot of fun with this lens. It is very sharp and give true 1:1 macros. It is rather hard to use, but that's just the nature of the beast. I've found that I really need to use a tripod and remote release for the most clarity. Build feels very solid and the weight is nice. Auto focus is slow and rather loud. It would be nice if they did this with SSM. But no complaints here. Just having fun.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply wonderful This lens makes me proud. It's very sharp, and it focuses quickly and accurately. It's acceptably sharp at f2.8, but at f5.6 through f11 the lens just sings. The construction is robust, and the balance on my A850 is pleasing. I do not regret having paid a little extra for this lens over the aftermarket offerings.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivered what was promised As I am new to macro photography, I read the reviews about it and after only using it for one weekend, I am absolutely amazed at the sharpness and clarity. I started of with small flowers and the lens recorded spider webs that I could not see with my eyes.
Date published: 2010-09-07
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