Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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The Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro features 150mm (35mm Equivalent: 100mm) at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 8 elements in 8 groups, Closest focusing distance at 1 foot, 2.4 inches and has a filter size of 55mm. The Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Reviews reviews the Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro and writes;
“The Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro is a very good lens. It’s sharp wide open and aberrations are well controlled. The 100mm focal length gives a good working distance for macro work (6″ at 1:1) and also makes the lens quite useful for portrait work.”
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Photozone reviews the Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro and writes;
“The Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro is able to produce very sharp results combined with a negligible amount of distortions, vignetting and lateral CAs… The quality of the bokeh is a primary playground for a macro lens and the Sony lens is capable of producing very decent results here. The circular aperture shape in out-of-focus highlights remains perfectly intact at f/2.8 and f/4. There’s a bit of a one-sided outlining effect. The blur is very smooth and uniform.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro User Reviews

The Short and Medium of It | Rating: ★★★★★
“Arrived in good order and after using it for several hours in one day I can report no problems and it functioned well. The kit lens that came with the camera was good for the Sony A350, but this lens enhances the camera’s utility and effectiveness greatly. “ – by W. Dees

This lens beats all I own! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Pros : Durable, Sharp Focus, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Easily Interchangeable. Cons : NONE. Best Uses : Wildlife, Sports/Action, Portraits, Macro and portraits, Upgrade. Describe Yourself : Semi-Professional “ – by Steve A. Lambert

Sony 100mm f2.8 Macro, | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is sharp, shockingly sharp! Until now I was using my 18-70 mm and 75-300 zooms with and without close up filters. Mostly good close up shots and occasionally a real nice sharp close up.. The color is intense in every image. Warning: This is a demanding lens. So first and foremost read the instructions on how to use the “focus limiter.” This is a must. It will speed up focusing for all uses, including macro, scenes, architecture, and general photography.” – by Paul J. Adams

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I used in over 100 pictures of flowers and orchids. I was very pleased to see the excelent quality of the pictures. “ – by Mario R. Carvajalino

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Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Specifications

Get incredibly close to small subjects with the Sony 100mm macro lens, which delivers professional results in almost any shooting situation. The versatile macro focus lens covers a wide range of photographic applications, from close-up nature subjects to midrange telephoto shots, making it ideal for carrying on location or in the field. The lens’s bright f/2.8 maximum aperture works in conjunction with the Sony Alpha’s Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to capture bright, steady images even when working with handheld cameras in low light. Specific details include a focus range limiter that speeds up the autofocus response by limiting the range of distances that are brought into focus; a focus hold button that gives you full creative control; an auto clutch option with a manual focus ring that doesn’t rotate; a circular aperture that provides a pleasing circular defocused effect that’s ideal for low-light shots; and excellent optical precision that gives your shots greater visual accuracy.


* Focal length: 150mm (100mm 35mm equivalent)
* Filter diameter: 55mm
* Minimum focus distance: 1 foot, 2.4 inches
* Magnification: 1x
* Lens group elements: 8 groups 8 elements
* Distance scale: Yes
* Distance encoder: Yes
* Non-rotating focusing ring: Yes
* Focus hold button: Yes
* Depth of field: Yes
* Focus range limiter: Yes
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Minimum aperture: f/32
* Blades: 9 aperture
* Asperhic elements: No
* Lens type: Macro
* Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long
* Weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces

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