- 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
- Excellent for close-ups and telephoto shots
- Bright f2.8 aperture for good results in low light
- High contrast, high-resolution image quality
- Focus Range Limiter for faster auto-focusing
- Focus Hold button for full creative control
- Circular Aperture:
- Auto Clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
- Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects
- Focal Length 35mm Equivalent: 100 mm
The versatile Sony SAL-100M28 macro-focus lens covers a wide range of photographic applications, from close-up nature subjects to mid-range telephoto shots-making it ideal to carry on location or in the field. Its superb sharpness and clarity give you professional results in every shooting situation.
This superb macro-focus lens for both close-up and distant subjects. This versatile macro-focus lens covers a wide range of photographic applications, from close-up nature subjects to midrange telephoto shots — making it ideal to carry on location or in the field.
Sharp Macro Focusing:
You can get closer to your subject to capture low-angle shots of insects, flowers and other natural wonders — and broad depth of field lets you keep backgrounds in focus too.
Bright f2.8 Aperture:
In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot® image stabilization system of the Sony (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens captures bright, steady images even working with hand-held camera in low light.
High Contrast and Resolution:
Excellent optical precision gives your shots greater visual accuracy for close analysis of your subject.
Focus Range Limiter:
Speeds auto-focus response by limiting the range of distances that are brought into focus — Close-up Range, or Telephoto Range.
Focus Hold Button:
For full creative control, a focus hold button located on the lens can lock auto-focusing.
In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate — which improves handling ease.
Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
I’ve always been fascinated by macro photography and it just so happened that I was investigating options for a dedicated macro lens without any real intention on adding one to the arsenal until I fell prone to poor impulse control again.
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. However, longitudinal (axial) chromatic aberrations can be quite a problem in out-focus areas (f/2.8-f/5.6) resulting in a magenta to greenish tint in some situations – this is not unusual but unfortunate nonetheless. The build quality of the lens is fine although it doesn’t win any crown when looking towards the competition a la Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR or the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. Same goes for the AF speed which does still rely on the slotted drive screw rather than Sony’s faster SSM (ultrasonic AF drive). The biggest problem of the Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro is probably its price tag – at around 680€ or 580US$ it is substantially more expensive than the third-party alternatives without offering much if anything on top.