Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

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A Rather Humble Maximum Aperture

Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro Lens The number four Sony lens for the NEX cameras, the Sony E 30mm F3.5 macro lens. Promoted as the lightest macro in the world for exchangeable lens cameras with the capacity to produce life-size 1:1 magnification, it employs internal focusing to accomplish a minimum working space of less than one inch from the tip of the lens. Sony also assures quiet AF for both still photos and video images. you will be able to get it in October at an offered retail price of about $250.

Featured with the NEX-C3 camera, Sony has announced the 30mm F3.5 Macro. This 30mm F3.5 becomes lens number four announced for the Sony E system. It's a miniature, internal focusing macro with the capacity for actual 1:1 magnification, and has the identical handsome metal-barreled exterior as the other Sony E-mount optic lenses. Sony assert it's the lightest weight macro lens for exchangeable cameras, with a meager 55mm length and 62mm in around i t's even tinier than the Panasonic 45mm F2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens. To add to the appeal it's also noticeably inexpensive.

The news is not all great, though. The somewhat short focal length suggests that the working space from the front tip of the lens to your subject at 1:1 becomes less than one inch, and despite the fact that the Sony press release implies that this is a positive thing and perfect for photographing flowers and bugs, the bare facts are that you'll have difficulty with illuminating those flowers while the lens is so close. And in addition any insects will be scared away and either scurry or fly off, depending on type. That's just part the price of admission you must pay for a lens that costs so little.

The rather humble maximum aperture and missing image stabilization also puts a limit on the utility of the lens past macro work. it's not ikely to have enough speed for photographing in natural light indoors.  June 8, 2011 ✓


    1:1 Magnification Ratio
    Aspherical/ED Glass Elements
    Smooth Quiet Operation for Video
    Smooth Manual Focusing
    Chromatic Aberration Minimized
    Multi-Coating for Clear Renditions
    Autofocus & Direct Manual Focus

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Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length30 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Sony E (NEX)  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F3.5  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 7  
Number of Groups 6  
Coatings / special elements 3 aspherical elements; 1 ED glass element  
Minimum focus distance 0.10 m (3.74")  
Maximum magnification ratio 1 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight138 g (0.30 lb)  
Lens diameter 62 mm (2.44")  
Overall length 56 mm (2.19")  
Construction materials Metal barrel, metal mount  
class="label">Lens ColorSilver  
Filter thread size 49 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No

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