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Sony30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 50 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (40)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Low light (5)
  • Video (5)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), 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

Seems solid overall

By Andy

from Easton, PA

Verified Buyer

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

While I haven't gotten to use the thing extensively, but I've been satisfied thus far. As some of the other reviews mention, the AF is a bit sluggish, but its not unbearable. I'd recommend it if you're looking to do some close up stuff.

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5.0

Super sharp lens

By Connie

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

I just switched from full frame to Sony A6300 as my travel camera, and the 30mm Macro is a very good addition to my collection. Tack sharp, great focus, light (good for travel) and inexpensive. Can't go wrong.

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4.0

I bought this to fool around with close focus in my dotage..

By Alan ( waiting for 12Mp terminator eye)

from Mobtown (Baltimore)

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Investigating little things with old eyes
      • Macro Photography

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

      First things first:
      -What we all call "macro" lenses are, with a couple exceptions, perhaps better named "optically optimized close focus, (OOCF) if you will, because macro means " larger than life" (look it up). So, 1:1 is the threshold of macro. This quibble brought to you by an old geez whose only other experience with a "macro" lens was the legendary but ineptly named Micro Nikkor back in the day. And it required an extension tube to get 1:1 reproduction. Consider what follows with the above in mind...

      This lens is tiny, light, seems well-built, and sharp (bearing in mind that my only comparison is what the Nikkor could do on film stock, which I heard or read somewhere could capture about 12-14 Mp at its best). But the tiny light part is somewhat negated by the tripod-ballhead-focusing rail-rail to hold the focusing rail and clamps to hold it all together setup required to keep the rig steady and in focus. I believe that's why some have reported autofocus problems (at close focus distances DoF (that's another thing; it should be depth of ACCEPTABLE focus, which in the old film days was much wider than with todays' pixel-rich sensors)), even stopped-down is too thin to handhold.

      Next; at stated 1:1 reproduction (stated close focus 3.74"), by my rough estimation puts your subject at a little more than 1/2" from the front of the lens...

      Nonetheless, for the money, this lens does what I want very well. I don't think there is anything out there that can touch it. Sony could probably reignite sales of this lens if they were to include a decent focusing hood for the monitor as an accessory for not too much more money.

      Some reviews have mentioned this lens as a walkaround; I much prefer the pancake 16-50 kit lens for its size, framing choice (wide to tele), but mostly its low subject intimidation factor (most people think my a6300 is a point and shoot); not to mention low "I'm going to assault him and take his expensive camera" factor! In my neighborhood...

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      5.0

      Incredible bang for the buck.

      By exceptionally

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        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.

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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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (5 of 5 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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                (6 of 6 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 89 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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                  (4 of 4 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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                      (8 of 8 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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                        (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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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                            (9 of 9 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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