Excerpt: I was spoiled by my previous camera (a DSLR) because I was able to get a decent macro zoom that served almost all my needs. With the NEX-7, things were not so simple. The 55-210 has a minimum focus distance of 1 m! So in order to get close, I had to spring for yet another lens. This one does do the job nicely, although it's a bit of a pain having to switch lenses often.<br />Good: I can get as close as I want and get a blurred background.
Summary: The lens arrived quickly, but without the hood. I contacted Amazon. First they suggested I return it. I did not want to return it, I just got it and want to use it, so they offered me a credit to pay for the purchase of a hood. I thought that was great, but when I went to purchase one the only ones available where not shipped by Amazon and therefore I could not use the credit to get one.
Excerpt: The choices for the Sony NEX mount in macro lenses are limited right now, but since I wasn't satisfied with close-up filters, I decided to go with this one. I would have liked a longer lens, but decided that since I'm not usually shooting moving insects, etcetera, I could live with this one. I don't regret my decision at all. This works great and is a vast improvement over what I was doing. I haven't used it in all situations yet.
You can get really close, but not efficient when you need to manually zoom in to any object
8 December 2013
Summary: I love the ability this lens gives you to zoom in to small objects, I use it mostly for nature photography and occasionally I'm surprised at how close I'm able to get with this lens. My only hold back for not giving it a higher rating is the fact that the auto zoom of my Nex-5 (although better than that of the Nex-3 I used to have) is only effective with round shapes, anything that is not radially symmetrical you need to manually zoom in to, and that is a time consuming...
Summary: This is a fun and nifty macro lens. Shadows can indeed be a problem without a flash. Yes, as lots of other people have said, a 60mm macro from Sony would be a whole lot more bettterer. But its not out there, so I bought this. Its quite a lot of fun to use and if you focus on what you can do with it, you won't be disappointed. One thing ive found is that it can be sloooow to come into focus for either macro or general photography.
Excerpt: I use this lens both for macro photography and for photographing art. It is pretty sharp and reasonably rectilinear, with tolerable distortion. Everything I shoot and keep goes through post processing, so the fact that it is not excruciatingly sharp or perfectly rectilinear is not that big a deal. What sets it apart is that it is the widest macro lens available for APS-C, and possible for any format.
Summary: Using these for anything that is moving, even slightly, will not have the desired results. With that said, using these for close up pictures and general portraits and holiday pictures, it worked great. Love the results. The only drawback is that there is no zoom. It serves a purpose, but I wouldn't use this as a do it all lens.
Summary: Can't say much about this as far as professional comments such as distortion and other areas, but I was very nicely surprised at the quality of the shots I have taken with this lens on my NEX 5N body. I took a photo of a signature on a piece of fine linen stationery, and actually saw the bleeding ink, and the fabric strings in the paper in great detail. On an insect, I saw the juice of the other insect he had just finished having over for lunch!!
Excerpt: I was hesitant to purchase this lens. I felt that with an f/3.5 it would limit what me taking pictures. I finally decided to take the chance and I'm so glad that I did. The lens doesan excellent job accurately reproducing colors, and it's macro capability is incredible. Auto focus is a bit slow with a little searching, but I find that to be pretty common with mirrorless lenses. This 30mm was a bit faster than others that I've used, but not the fastest.