Summary: First time I have used a macro lens and it is great. Taking pics of painted miniatures is so easy now. you need a table top tripod to make it steady or you will get blurry results. I am so used to regular lens, with distance markings of 10ft to 50ft and so forth, looking a the lens i noticed that the distances were 5.1 inch 5.2 in on up to 12 in. that is just to cool, gonna be playing with this for a while.
Nice close focusing macro lens and a great standard lens
Mr. Mark V. Stephan, Amazon
18 February 2014
Summary: I debated between this lens and the 35 f1.8. I decided to get the 30 f2.8 macro because it can be used as a normal lens with the field of view of a 45mm lens or it can be used to get close, only a few inches from your subject. The only negative is the lack of a lens hood. Sony doesn't make a lens hood for this lens so I ended up with a cheap ($4.50) metal wide angle lens hood from eBay which works very nicely.
Summary: I was able to take close up pictures of snow flakes with this lens. Love playing with it to see what kind of pictures i can get out of it. you can see some of my pictures on my face book page " freezing time " .
Summary: I do a lot of close-up flower photography so a nice macro lens is essential. I bought this when I bought my new Sony SLT-A65 and have loved the results. With a minimal focusing distance of just over 5 inches, you can get incredibly close for fantastic detail. Even my first images with this lens blew me away! Because of the closeness to your subject, keep a good clear filter on the lens (for me it keeps pollen off the lens).
Summary: I am very happy with the results I am getting with this lens. The only concern is that since it is only 30mm,you have to be very close to small subjects such as insects. I have found that if I approach slowly they usually don't mind.