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Sony SAL30M28 30mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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by Tara W.
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Compose dramatic photographs that showcase the nuances of your subject — from the soft details in a baby's face to the faint lines in a flower petal. This 30mm lens lets you take razor-sharp, lifelike closeup shots. Plus, its focal length and large f/2.8 aperture make it ideal for all-around shooting and creating pleasantly blurred backgrounds that make your subjects stand out.

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Highlights:

  • 30mm f/2.8 Sony macro lens
  • compatible with Sony digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 30mm with full-frame digital cameras
    • 45mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 5-1/8"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • attachment/filter diameter: 49mm
  • lens is 2-13/16" in diameter, 2-1/8" long
  • weight: 5.25 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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Sony
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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30mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/2.8
Weight
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5.25 ounces
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • DT30mm F2.8 Macro SAM lens (Model SAL30M28) with attached front and rear lens caps
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: The Sony SAL30M28 is a small, lightweight wide angle macro lens that features a large aperture (f/2.8) and fixed focal length of 30mm (APC-C 35mm equivalent of 45mm) which makes it ideal for portrait shots, as well as close up photography.

DT Lens Design: The DT Lens is a compact, lightweight lens designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony Alpha-series DSLR cameras.

Note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the Sony DSLR-A900.

Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM): The built-in Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) eliminates the need to use a mechanical coupling system in the camera body to transfer auto focus (AF) drive power and control signals to the lens. Instead, AF control signals from the camera body are sent to the lens-mounted SAM unit, which drives the focusing lens group directly, helping to assure smooth AF response.

Manual Focus: To focus manually using this auto-focus lens, set the camera body to manual focus and adjust the focus ring on the lens. The shooting distance scale, located on the barrel of the lens, is graduated in inches and feet as well as meters from 5.1" (0.129m) to infinity. For accurate manual focusing, look through the viewfinder while rotating the focusing ring.

Flash Precautions: When using a built-in camera flash, you will have to shoot from at least 1 meter (3.3') away from your subject. With certain lens/flash combinations, the lens may partially block the light of the flash, resulting in a shadow at the bottom of the picture. To prevent the shadows from appearing, use of a Ring Light, Macro Twin Flash kit, or a Macro Light Adapter is recommended.

Vignetting: When you use the lens, the corners of the screen may become darker than the center. To reduce this phenomena (called vignetting), you should close the aperture by 1-2 stops.

 
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Sony SAL30M28 30mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Written By BOB P, NYC on Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Excellent lens - exactly what I was looking for to take macro shots of watches I am listing online for sale. Can get incredibly close-up to show the smallest detail. Couldn't be better!
Pros:
Ease of use. Clarity of pictures. Close-up capability.
Cons:
None.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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