Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 45mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • One ED and Three Aspherical Elements
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.7"
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 30mm f/3.5 overview

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Move in close to capture stunning details with the E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens from Sony. Designed to work with APS-C-format E-mount cameras, this lens offers a normal-length 45mm equivalent focal length that makes it useful for a wide variety of subjects. Its main feature is the 1:1 magnification ratio provided by the 3.7" minimum focus distance that enables photographers to capture outstanding close-ups. The lens makes use of one extra-low dispersion element and three aspherical elements to ensure sharp, contrasty images with minimal aberrations. Also, the lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and uses an internal focus design for fast, responsive autofocus. Along with these features, there is a seven-blade circular diaphragm to help create pleasing, smooth bokeh.

Designed for Sony's line of APS-C-format E-mount cameras, this lens will provide a normal-length 45mm equivalent focal length, which is a good option for general purpose shooting.
True macro design affords a life-size, 1:1 magnification ratio along with a 3.7" minimum focusing distance and a 0.9" minimum working distance for capturing close-ups of your subjects.
An aperture range of f/3.5 to f/22 allows for operation in a wide range of shooting situations and enables photographers to better control depth of field.
One extra-low dispersion glass element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
Three aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
An internal focus design helps contribute to fast autofocusing speeds and prevents the lens' overall length from changing during use.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242829978
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Sony 30mm f/3.5 specs

Focal Length 30mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 50°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.74" (9.5 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 7 / 6
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.19" (62 x 55.5 mm)
Weight 4.87 oz (138 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 3.5 x 3.5"

Sony 30mm f/3.5 reviews

E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 54.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wide macro 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.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lens! 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.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for the price! 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.
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible bang for the buck. OK, so not perfect, but very sharp in the center and surprisingly does not lose much sharpness when stopped down quite a bit. I admit to my snobbery and often think that if a lens docent cost a thousand or more it can't be all that good. This little macro proved how wrong I could be. My other macro is a 100 for full frame dSLR EF mount. I like that I can get physically closer with this 30 (effective 45 on the crop, but of course the other system is great as well and I certianly won't be abandoning dSLR. I've only sold one and given away two cameras in 50 years of photographing.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Macro Lens 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.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cool! I am for sure the amateur photographer who wanted a step up from point-and-shoot, so I can't speak too technically, but this is the coolest lens ever! I have wanted a nice camera and macro for several years, as I love taking pictures of flowers. For this application, this lens gives great results. I have snapped some other random shots of people, etc. and they turned out fine too, so I am thinking this will be my go-to lens that I can leave on the camera as this is the majority of the subject matter I shoot. I am well pleased, I feel this lens really produces great results!
Date published: 2012-02-15
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