New Gear: Sony E Mount 30mm F3.5 Macro

Recently I purchased a Sony 30mm F3.5 Macro lens to be used for an upcoming photo shoot. Personally, I’ve always found macro photography interesting and I often love the images because of the small details that are often revealed. They’re the small details of a world that human eyes rarely see as we go about our usual days.

What is Macro Photography?

According to the page for macro photography on Wikipedia it is, “Macro photography (or photomacrography[1] or macrography,[2] and sometimes macrophotography[3]), is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs).[2][4] By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater.[5] However, in other uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.[6]”

So, to test it out I took some pictures of small things. But first, a bit about the lens.

Sony E Mount 30mm F3.5 Macro Lens

Often when people think about macro lens, it’s not a 30mm lens. In fact it’s often glass that’s 100mm+. The reason for typically longer lenses is because of the need to either not disturb an insect or other small creature or it’s because a shorter lens increases the possibility of the photographer blocking his/her own light sources.

For my upcoming project, neither will be a factor because I will be shooting an inanimate object and ¬†my positioning won’t interfere with my light source. Plus, the 30mm focal length of the lens allows me to experiment with it on occasion as a walk around lens.

Quick Review

Cat taken with Sony 30mm F3.5 Macro lens

A macro shot of Seven, a beautiful blue-eyed cat.
(Sony 30mm F3.5 Macro)

The photo of my cat Seven, she’s such a cooperative¬†model, was taken using a Sony a6000 and the new macro lens. Remarkably there was little to no need for retouching. I only lowered the exposure a hair to make the scene a little more moody, however it wasn’t really necessity and more of just a personal preference.

I of course took some other photos to test out the camera in different lighting situations and all performed well. The edges are a bit soft for things like portraiture, but overall it’s an excellent lens.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t posted the pictures, I doubt anyone wants to see my toothbrush, my girlfriend’s hair brush, or the fabric on a chair in my kitchen.

I recommend this lens for casual macro photography or for subjects that won’t fly or run away when the camera gets close. For $300, it does quite well. Of course if you have reason enough to drop $1000 on a longer focal length, go ahead.

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