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Summary

Sony's FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is the first native macro lens designed for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the coveted 1:1 or 1x magnification on full-frame bodies at a distance of 28cm, but also provides excellent quality results at all distances. The mid-telephoto length is ideal for portraits, and it also delivers tighter views of urban and landscape subjects. As such it's a more flexible lens than first appears, although if your primary goal is portrait work, you'll enjoy a shallower depth-of-field from more affordable lenses like the FE 85mm f1.8. But if you're driven by Macro photography, you'll love the FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS as it's one of the sharpest lenses in the catalogue.

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Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro review-so-far

The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is a medium telephoto prime lens for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Announced in March 2015, it’s the first Sony Macro lens corrected for its full-frame mirrorless bodies, upon which it’ll deliver up to 1:1 / 1x magnification from a distance of 28cm.

The lens offers an f2.8 focal ratio with nine aperture blades, while the optical design consists of 15 elements in 11 groups, with optical SteadyShot stabilisation to iron-out the wobbles. Two floating focus groups are driven quietly and quickly by a Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor, and there’s a dedicated Focus Lock button on the barrel which keeps the focus unchanged while held. If you prefer manual focus, you can slide the focusing ring back or forth to disengage autofocus and adjust by hand, with distance markings as a guide. The barrel measures 79x131mm, weighs 602g, and employs a 62mm filter thread.

I tested the FE 90mm Macro on the Alpha A7r Mark II body and was very impressed by its performance not just at close range, but at mid-distance for portraits or longer distances for urban and landscape compositions. The results are very crisp and detailed across the frame, even wide-open. In my review-so-far, check out my sample images below.

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Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro sample images

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/15, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

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