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.
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!!
Summary: Like all items, judging whether this lens meets your needs depends on what your needs are. As for me, it met mine with flying colors. Great compliment to my prized new micro four-thirds Sony Nex. Ok so, here's the story. I'm a newbie in the better-than-point-and-shoot world, so I believe this review may be of help to others who are just learning, like me. Veterans will surely find this old hat.
Summary: This is a nice little lens and a good addition to the NEX lineup. It's very sharp in the center, though corner sharpness is not ideal. The macro capabilities are quite good, though you may want an LED ring light or something similar if you need to stop down (which one usually does when shooting macro). As a generaly purpose lens, it is the same size as the kit 18-55 but sharper (and without the zoom or OSS).
Summary: I bought this for my Sony Nex 5N camera, to be able to take some up close, macro, pictures. Beeing that I wasn't satisfied enough with the the other lenses i have (18-55mm and 16mm). I am satisfied with this lens, a real macro with good picture quality. The lens itself also feels very good, as Sony E mount lenses do. It's about the same size as the 18-55mm lens. What I dont like so much about it is that it can be slow focusing sometimes.
The best "bang for the buck" in the current Sony E-mount repertoire.
Lars Milano, Amazon
31 December 2011
Summary: In my opinion, this is the best way to spend your hard-earned money on an NEX system lens. Sure the Sony Zeiss 24mm f1.8 is optically superior making this only the 2nd best lens in the current E-mount lineup (as of December 2011), but the Zeiss is $1000 and this is a steal at $250, AND it can do macro at 1:1 magnification with minimum focus distance of only about an inch.
Summary: I purchased this lens on the day of its launch in Tokyo, Japan and so at the time of writing this review, I have already had a few weeks to test it out. In essence this lens takes good, if not great pictures but it is not without several reservations. First thing is, and this may sound obvious, but: You will not be shooting many insects or animals with this lens given it's only a 30mm macro -You need to be very close to get a decent macro shot and you are always at risk...