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.
Summary: I love this len so much because I can get my camera so close to the object and shoot it with clear picture. It look like plastic but believe it or not the build is light and easy to handle. This len is best for macro flower shoot. It give clean shoot and great color and good blur background. Focus is good too. Over all this len does give detail and clean shoot for macro object or scene.
Summary: all I can say after shoot many pictures with this a little guy, you cant go wrong with this one very very highly recommended to everyone, all my picture came out Super, I 'm just a beginner learning how to use & my first macro lens ever.