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Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS lens review: Outstanding optical performance

By Kevin Carter - Monday July 20 2015

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurements: Outstanding optical performance | Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS vs. Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM vs. Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f2 ZF2 Nikon: Optical excellence | Conclusion

Sony has started to round out the E-mount lens range for their innovative full-frame A7 bodies and APS-C format cameras, and this new 1:1 stabilized macro lens looks to be a promising addition.  Read on to find out how well this new model performs.

90mm-Macro

Specifications and Features

Designed for Sony’s A7 full-frame mirrorless camera series but also compatible with APS-C size E-mount bodies (where it has a equivalent angle of view to that of 135mm), the 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS features a complex optical design consisting of 15 elements arranged in 11 groups, and uses aspherical, ED and Super ED elements to combat spherical aberration and distortion, and to reduce color fringing (lateral CA). The lens also has a Nano AR coating, optical image stabilization, a near-silent sonic-type AF system driving two “floating” focus groups for precision close-ups, and adopts an internal focus mechanism, so there’s no lens extension or rotation of the front group. Minimum focus distance is 11.0” (28cm) with a 1:1 maximum magnification ratio. Externally, the lens has a focus hold button, a focus limiter switch, and a sliding focus collar to switch between AF and manual focus, and Sony claims that the body is dust- and moisture-resistant.

The new model measures 3.11 x 5.14" (79.0 x 130.5 mm) and weighs 1.32 lb (602 g). It is available now at around $1,100 (USD).

  • 15 elements arranged in 11 groups
  • ED and Super ED elements
  • Nano AR coating
  • Optical stabilization
  • Sonic type AF motor with IF (internal focusing)
  • Weather-resistant
  • 1:1 magnification at 11.0” (28 cm)

Measurements: Outstanding optical performance 

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS vs. Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM vs. Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f2 ZF2 Nikon: Optical excellence

Conclusion