Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600

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jcurtistx Regular Member • Posts: 492
Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600

I recently purchased a Sony a6600, Sony 70-350mm and the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 lenses and I am considering buying a macro lens (likely used). I am not going to get the Sony 90mm Macro (way too expensive for my purpose, granted it is a fantastic lens). I would only be using the lens for random stuff for fun and not professionally.

So I have been looking at the Sigma Macro 70mm, Sony 30mm Macro and even adapted A-Mount macro lenses (if I bought the LA-EA5) such as the Tamron 90mm, 60mm (used to have this on my old Sony A550/A55/A57) or even an older Minolta 100mm macro.

I have read mixed things regarding extension tubes, so not sure how good of an option they are (possible scuffing of contacts and AF can be affected).

Any advice is appreciated.

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turke
turke Regular Member • Posts: 104
Re: Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600

Tubes are cheap, and a good entry into macro but they don't replace a proper lens imo.

There is the laowa 65mm 2x macro which is less than half the price of the sony plus you can go up to 2x instead of 1x. It's manual focus only, but thats not a big issue for macro work imo.

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quickfella Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600
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There is also the Sony FE 50mm f2.8 Macro Lens ...

theworstphotographerontheinternet Regular Member • Posts: 369
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I have the 7artisans 60mm macro. It's very cheap, and the optics are good enough for my needs. It's pretty weighty though.

theworstphotographerontheinternet Regular Member • Posts: 369
A couple of sample shots from the 7artisans 60mm

Used a monopod to get this one.

Handheld.

On a tripod.

OP jcurtistx Regular Member • Posts: 492
Re: Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600

quickfella wrote:

There is also the Sony FE 50mm f2.8 Macro Lens ...

Did not know about that lens.  Looks optically fantastic and likely based on an old Minolta design (granted it has slow focusing, but most Macros are slow focusing).  I have other lenses for fast focusing, so that is not an issue for me.  I will keep my eyes out for a good used copy.

Thanks!

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philzucker
philzucker Veteran Member • Posts: 9,375
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IMO the SEL30M35 is a bit underrated.

No complaints concerning the image quality from me, even wide open. It may not be perfect, but absolutely OK.

It's also an IF lens, so it doesn't extend while focusing, and AF is - especially on the A6600 - quite fast and reliable. It's the first macro lens I've used I actually prefer using with AF  in most situations.

Downside: You have to get comparatively close to the subject with a 30mm, so you have to be careful about blocking the light for your subject.

Most important for me: It is so small and light that I have in my bag most of the time - the best lens to use is often the one you have with you.

Phil

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Sympa Senior Member • Posts: 2,543
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I also like the perspective the 30 mm gives. You get a bit more feeling for the surroundings.

Which may or may not be what you want.

Oh, it is internally focusing, which changes the focal length as you get closer. It is actually 29mm at infinity, and 21mm at 1:1 reproduction ratio. This means the angle of view doesn't change as you focus closer - the lens has no focus breathing.

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Joachim Wulfers
Joachim Wulfers Veteran Member • Posts: 4,985
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I do use a Minolta MD Macro100/4 with its dedicated extension tube for 1:1 on my A6600. However, when hiking I just take a Raynox 250 with me which screws into its holder and can be clamped to the front of your lens. I have used it on my SEL 18-200 as well as on my E18-135. That might be the simplest solution since you intend to use it randomly.

https://www.amazon.ca/Raynox-DCR-250-Super-Macro-Snap/dp/B000A1SZ2Y

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R-Ski New Member • Posts: 1
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jcurtistx wrote:

I recently purchased a Sony a6600, Sony 70-350mm and the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 lenses and I am considering buying a macro lens (likely used). I am not going to get the Sony 90mm Macro (way too expensive for my purpose, granted it is a fantastic lens). I would only be using the lens for random stuff for fun and not professionally.

So I have been looking at the Sigma Macro 70mm, Sony 30mm Macro and even adapted A-Mount macro lenses (if I bought the LA-EA5) such as the Tamron 90mm, 60mm (used to have this on my old Sony A550/A55/A57) or even an older Minolta 100mm macro.

I have read mixed things regarding extension tubes, so not sure how good of an option they are (possible scuffing of contacts and AF can be affected).

Any advice is appreciated.

After using several different macros since the early '70s, I currently use the Sony 90 for serious macro work but for casual/walkaround closeups I use an achromatic closeup lens.

JimH123 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,008
A6600 with LA-EA5 and Minolta 100mm f2.8 Macro

jcurtistx wrote:

I recently purchased a Sony a6600, Sony 70-350mm and the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 lenses and I am considering buying a macro lens (likely used). I am not going to get the Sony 90mm Macro (way too expensive for my purpose, granted it is a fantastic lens). I would only be using the lens for random stuff for fun and not professionally.

So I have been looking at the Sigma Macro 70mm, Sony 30mm Macro and even adapted A-Mount macro lenses (if I bought the LA-EA5) such as the Tamron 90mm, 60mm (used to have this on my old Sony A550/A55/A57) or even an older Minolta 100mm macro.

I have read mixed things regarding extension tubes, so not sure how good of an option they are (possible scuffing of contacts and AF can be affected).

Any advice is appreciated.

Here are a few I took today. I used auto focus at f9. ISO at 3200 to keep shutter at high enough setting to hand hold.  Images were processed in DxO Photolab 4 and then Sharpen_AI

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john_name_taken
john_name_taken Regular Member • Posts: 174
Re: Advice on a Macro Lens for A6600

turke wrote:

Tubes are cheap, and a good entry into macro but they don't replace a proper lens imo.

There is the laowa 65mm 2x macro which is less than half the price of the sony plus you can go up to 2x instead of 1x. It's manual focus only, but thats not a big issue for macro work imo.

+1 for the Laowa 65mm 2:1. After using the 2:1, I went out with a 1:1 lens, and felt very limited.

Here is a sample with the lens @ 2:1 and a6600. Not cropped but downscaled.

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