30mm vs 50mm vs 100mm macro on A77

Started Oct 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
AlphaTikal
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Kiwi comparison with macros and non macros
In reply to jidery, Oct 9, 2013

ohman, I had a long posting. All lost! So this posting is short... sorry for this. In short, I made a small close up comparison of 5 lenses, two of them are macros. I wanted show you, how close you can get with non macros and the two different macros. The 30mm shot could be closer, but I had problems with light source then (that is a practical problem!).

I wrote about the differences in handling and so. 30mm have more depth of field and a completely different point of view, but it is extremely close on 1:1 reproduction. The Tamron have better manual focus. You can use both lenses for different cases too (standard lens or portrait in example). Both have very good image quality. For general macros, I would recommend the 90mm Tamron.

Comparison is done on Sony Alpha 65, tripod, stabilization off, manual focus and remote control. Once in f/8.0 and once with maximum aperture. The pictures are ooc jpegs with f/8.0, have auto balanced in Gimp and slightly increased in sharpness and contrast.

  • MAF3570F4 Minolta 35-70mm f/4.0
  • SAL30M28 Sony 30mm f/2.8 Macro
  • SAL1855 Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • TAM9028 Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
  • TAM70300 Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USD

These are 100% crops!!

MAF3570F4 Minolta 35-70mm f/4.0

SAL30M28 Sony 30mm f/2.8 Macro

SAL1855 Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

TAM9028 Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

TAM70300 Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USD

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