Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT AF Macro SAM Lens for Alpha A DSLR Mount Cameras

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This Sony 30mm F/2.8 Bundle comes with $43.89 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 49mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! .

Get incredibly close to small subjects. Ideal for close-up and portrait shots, the SAL-30M28 allows you to focus on close-up objects with 1:1 life-size imaging. In addition to a built-in Smooth Autofocus motor, this macro lens makes it easy to transform the everyday details of life into photographic works of art.

The Sony 30mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Macro photography and more.The Sony 30mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 30mm F/2.8: Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easily interchangeable (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Lightweight (4),Consistent output (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Sony 30mm F/2.8 Features

  • 30mm lens (45mm equivalent in full/frame 35mm format) is an "everyday" focal length with the benefits of macro-ranged optical properties.
  • Focusing down to an impressive minimum focusing distance of only 5.1" (13cm) is aided by the inclusion of Sony's Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) smoothly driving the lens system.
  • 1:1 subject to projection size ratio gives life-size renditions of photographed elements.

Sony 30mm F/2.8 Specifications

Aperture (Max.)
f/2.8
Aperture (Min.)
f/22
Filter Diameter
49mm
Focal Length
APS-C 35mm eqv. 45mm
Focus
Front focus SAM (Smooth AF motor)
Minimum Focus Distance
0.4ft (0.13m)
Compatibility
Sony a DSLR cameras
Warranty
Sony 1 year parts and labor limited warranty

Sony 30mm F/2.8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great all-around lens!

I had been in the market for a macro lens when I found this little beauty. For such a low price, I was blown away by the quality of the images it was giving me. I've used it for everything from portraits to landscapes to macro. It's rarely been taken off my camera since I've gotten it! If you're looking for a flexible lens but don't have the money to spend on one, this is your best choice... if you can stand a noisy AF.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

High quality with some reservations

For macros, this lens provides great image quality. You do a lot of shots handheld, due to the very short 30mm length. However, this lens will mostly need to be used for stationary object macro shots, as the close distance will scare almost any living thing away. The SAM seems to work OK, but does not seem to be much faster than the original screw drive mechanism. Surely it will provide advantages with the new NEX line of cameras. The build quality is not as great as some of the other lenses ...

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For macros, this lens provides great image quality. You do a lot of shots handheld, due to the very short 30mm length. However, this lens will mostly need to be used for stationary object macro shots, as the close distance will scare almost any living thing away. The SAM seems to work OK, but does not seem to be much faster than the original screw drive mechanism. Surely it will provide advantages with the new NEX line of cameras. The build quality is not as great as some of the other lenses in the lineup, but it is only $200 - which makes it a great deal for the money, but *ONLY* if you are using it for macro shots and photos at close distances. Autofocus becomes very (and consistently) inaccurate beyond 6 feet, which is the major (perhaps only) reason that I would not recommend this lens.

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

EXCELLENT IN MACRO MODE

By

from SOUTH FLORIDA AND EUROPE  -  Photo Enthusiast

THIS IS AMBOUT THE FINEST MACRO LENSES ON THE MARKET IN IT'S CLASS...........HOWEVER, IT IS USED FOR CLOSE WORK, MEANING YOU MUST BE VERY VERY CLOSE TO WHAT YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH........WITHIN 5 FEET.........WHEN USED AS A WIDE ANGLE IT IS ONLY A FAIR LENS , BUT AS A CLOSE UP MACRO YOU CAN NOT BEAT IT.....NO GOOD IF YOUR SUBJECT MOVES BECAUSE YOU MUST GET CLOSE.....STRICKLY FOR NON MOVEABLE OBJECTS........I OWN ONE AND I USE THE AUTO FOCUS IN MACRO MODE, NO PROBLEM.......I USE IT TO COPY TYPE WRITTEN PAGES AND PUBLISHED PHOTOS I WANT FOR MY OWN USE.......

 
4.0

decent

By

from nc  -  Photo Enthusiast

For a small (49mm)relatively inexpensive fixed focal length lense it is decent.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great all-around lens!

By

from Columbus, OH

I had been in the market for a macro lens when I found this little beauty. For such a low price, I was blown away by the quality of the images it was giving me. I've used it for everything from portraits to landscapes to macro. It's rarely been taken off my camera since I've gotten it! If you're looking for a flexible lens but don't have the money to spend on one, this is your best choice... if you can stand a noisy AF.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PEOPLE KNOW NOT WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT

By

from SO FLA AND NORTH EAST  -  Semi-pro Photographer

THIS LENS IS MADE FOR THE APS-C BODY FRAME…..IT DOES NOT BECOME A 45MM WHEN IT IS ATTACHED TO A APS-C CAMERA BODY, IT BECOMES AS IT IS MARKED…..30MM……….GREAT MACRO LENS AS LONG AS YOUR SUBJECT DOESN'T MOVE…...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good piece of equipment

By

from north carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am a professional bird carver. I nned to get great details from the study skins and actual birds (dead or alive). I will also use the lens for detailed photos of my works for creating business cards and for juried art shows.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

In the market for a good macro lense

By

from Detroit, MI

I am looking for a good macro lens that I can also use as a prime lens. I read a lot of reviews on this particular lens, and they're mostly all great reviews. I know that with this lens you can get as close as about 4 inches to your subject, but what is the maximum focal length? How far away can I get from my subject and still get a crisp, clear photo? Thanks.

 
5.0

Check Adorama's Used Equipment

By

from Olympia, Washington  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this lens from Adorama's used equipment site for a much reduced price over what a new lens would have cost me. It isn't Sony's best macro lens but suits my purposes well. Adorama has a rating system for its used equipment, so you get an excellent idea what condition the equipment is in. This lens was in perfect condition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Dual Purpose walkaround lens!

By

from Dubai, UAE  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Given its price I can't complain the DT 30mm 2.8 isn't one bit disappointing. its super light and can be put in your side pocket. I dont mind the plastic build quality as the IQ, Sharpness and quick focus is very good. Plus the focal length on APS-C turns 45mm which is great for an everyday lens. Bokeh may not be as smooth n creamy as the 50mm 1.8 but is descent. It doubles up as a macro too. I have captured some nice photos of flowers and even car details. Those of you who already have a 50mm i suggest to buy this lens for your prime collection. Its an essential.

(25 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

High quality with some reservations

By

from Pittsburgh, PA

For macros, this lens provides great image quality. You do a lot of shots handheld, due to the very short 30mm length. However, this lens will mostly need to be used for stationary object macro shots, as the close distance will scare almost any living thing away. The SAM seems to work OK, but does not seem to be much faster than the original screw drive mechanism. Surely it will provide advantages with the new NEX line of cameras. The build quality is not as great as some of the other lenses in the lineup, but it is only $200 - which makes it a great deal for the money, but *ONLY* if you are using it for macro shots and photos at close distances. Autofocus becomes very (and consistently) inaccurate beyond 6 feet, which is the major (perhaps only) reason that I would not recommend this lens.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES D  Close - ups with quiet, fast, "programable" autofocus.
Kit S  Will this work with the Sony a5000?
KATHEE T  I don't think so. This lens has an "a" mount. I think the a5000 uses an "e" mount.
Jesus M  Can someone confirm that this lens fits into my Sony Alpha 37 camera mount?
WAEL E  Your Sony a37 Camera has Lens Compatibility for Sony A-mount lenses. The lens you're thinking to buy should clip on without issues becasue it has the same Mount configuration. I bought it recently for my Alpha-77 and is giving me excellent trouble free results
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