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

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 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 (37)
  • 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 (43)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (15)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), 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

Great product for the price

By Deacon

from Columbus, OH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I am very happy with the macro capability. Awesome!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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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          • No

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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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              • No

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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!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  • No

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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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