Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review

My Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review

97
Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Macro Lens

In this Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review I will go over everything you need to know including: Hands-on Lab testing w/ New HO Model Train, Real World Macro scenarios including: Ants, Spiders, Flowers, and some Portrait testing with Layla and Bones Jones…

Sony fans like myself, have been eagerly waiting for a Native Full Frame E-mount Macro Lens for some time. The FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens offers everything I was looking for in a macro lens and delivers on it’s promise of G quality optics. So the lens has a fast f/2.8 aperture and has built in optical steadyshot which makes for much easier hand holding at those slower shutter speeds. It also helps when using high magnification which can also make the camera shake harder to deal with and force a higher shutter speed and intern higher ISO level than desired.

I really went into great detail in my video review of this lens below, so I will try to keep this written review article from being completely redundant. Basic specs that matter with this lens are the fact that it offers a Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor on top of the Optical Steadyshot built in.

The lens also offers two manual switches. One to easily shut off OSS and the other to limit the focus distance range if desired. The front larger focus ring also slides forwards and backwards to quickly and easily enable/ disable manual focus.

The price tag for this  90mm f/2.8 macro beast is $1098 US, and in my opinion it’s worth every penny. Also, the focus is completely internal so the lens does not grow as you turn the focus ring.

Key Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Internal Focus
  • Aspherical, ED and Super ED Elements
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Focus Hold Button & Range Limiter Switch
  • Sliding Focus Ring for AF/MF Selection
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″
  • Effective 135mm on APS-C Mount cameras (A6500)
  • Filter Thread = 62mm
  • Weight = 1.3 lb / 602 g
  • Retail Price = $1098 US
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Elements
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Elements
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens - Focus Mechanism
Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor

My Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review – Video Version

Everything you need to know about the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens is in my youtube video review below.

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review
My Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review
Top Quality Macro Lens
I really enjoyed using the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens and highly recommend it for those wanting top quality telephoto full frame e-mount macro abilities with fast, silent autofocus, plus optical steadyshot built in. I had a blast using this lens and would love to own one at some point. I highly recommend this lens and for $1098 US you get everything promised by the marketing materials.
Bang For The Buck
94
Feature Set
100
Build Quality and Design
98
Ergonomics
98
Auto Focus System
98
Image quality
98
Usability
95
Video Quality
90
Optical Quality
98
Low Light Performance
95
Fun Factor
100
Reader Rating1 Vote
95
Pros
killer Image quality
Fantastic build quality and design
optical stabilization built in
enable/ disable manual focus by sliding focus ring forward and back is genius design
focus limiter switch options
focus hold buttons
super fast and quiet autofocus
Cons
a bit on the large and heavy side
97
Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Macro Lens

Sample Photos

I took a lot, so strap in!

First some Lab Testing:

All these sample photos were shot in Raw Quality with my slightly older full frame Sony Alpha A7r.

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
100% Crop - FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/5.6
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/5.6
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/11
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/11

Here is another angle which illustrates just how much separation you can get in my Lab scene. Good for comparing against smaller sensor cameras depth of fields in particular 😉 Trains trains and more trains…

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/16
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/16

and another angle this time much closer to the train itself…

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8

And this version is the same exact frame as above, but completely out of focus so you can see the bokeh render with the train light and all.

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8

Some Coin Testing in the Lab

FE 90mm Macro @ f/8, ISO 200, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/8, ISO 200, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/8, ISO 200, A7r
100% Crop
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/9
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/9
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/9
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/9
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/8

I enhanced this file slightly so you see a non raw version…

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/10
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/10

Real World Sample Photos

I took a nice variety of real world sample photos with the FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens via my Sony A7r. A few bugs first.

FE 90mm Macro @ f/2.8, 1/160se, ISO 100, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/2.8, 1/160se, ISO 100, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 800, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 800, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 160, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 160, A7r
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/200sec, ISO 320
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/200sec, ISO 320
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4, 1/20se, ISO 400, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4, 1/20se, ISO 400, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4, 1/20se, ISO 400, A7r
FE 90mm Macro @ f/4, 1/20se, ISO 400, A7r

Same image s above but zoomed in to 100%

FE 90mm Macro @ f/4, 1/20se, ISO 400, A7r
100% Crop

Some flowers 

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/250sec, ISO 320
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/250sec, ISO 320

Same photo as above, but cropped in a lot to show 100% crop detail:

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/250sec, ISO 320
Cropped – FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/4, 1/250sec, ISO 320
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 100
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 100

Some sun back-lit action.

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4, 1/160sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4, 1/160sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4, 1/160sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/4, 1/160sec, ISO 200

Sample portraits

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200

Same image as above zoomed in to 100%

100% Crop
100% Crop
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/250sec, ISO 800
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/250sec, ISO 800

Some randoms…

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/640sec, ISO 800
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS macro Lens @ F/2.8, 1/640sec, ISO 800

I recently reviewed the Sony 4k FDR-AX33 Camcorder and I took a snapshot while it was on the turn table and focused on the USB plug. Note the depth of field and how fast it falls off to out of focus!

FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8, 1/125, ISO 200
FE 90mm f/2.8 OSS Macro G Lens @ F/2.8, 1/125, ISO 200

Conclusions

I really enjoyed using the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens and highly recommend it for those wanting top quality telephoto full frame e-mount macro abilities with fast, silent auto focus, plus optical steadyshot built in. I had a blast using this lens and would love to own one at some point in the future.

I was very impressed by this lens overall and highly recommend it is the bottom line 😉 For $1098 US you get everything promised by the marketing materials and I’m really glad Sony decided to create this gem for the Full frame E-mount camera line. They could have came out with a cheaper unit a long time ago, but they waited and waited until it was fully baked.

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens for $1098 US @ BHphoto

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review
My Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review
Top Quality Macro Lens
I really enjoyed using the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens and highly recommend it for those wanting top quality telephoto full frame e-mount macro abilities with fast, silent autofocus, plus optical steadyshot built in. I had a blast using this lens and would love to own one at some point. I highly recommend this lens and for $1098 US you get everything promised by the marketing materials.
Bang For The Buck
94
Feature Set
100
Build Quality and Design
98
Ergonomics
98
Auto Focus System
98
Image quality
98
Usability
95
Video Quality
90
Optical Quality
98
Low Light Performance
95
Fun Factor
100
Reader Rating1 Vote
95
Pros
killer Image quality
Fantastic build quality and design
optical stabilization built in
enable/ disable manual focus by sliding focus ring forward and back is genius design
focus limiter switch options
focus hold buttons
super fast and quiet autofocus
Cons
a bit on the large and heavy side
97
Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Macro Lens

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