New Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G Rocks DxOMark Sharpness Score

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Sony continues to build out its e-mount lens line with one hit after another. Latest proof point: Sony 90mm f/2.8 G OSS [B&H | Amazon] wails on the latest DxOmark test, and first tests are pouring in confirming it. 

My transition to Sony from Canon is accelerating.

I sold my last piece of L-glass– my much-loved but no longer optimal 28-70mm f/2.8L – on eBay a couple of week ago.

You know why?

It’s not just that the little Sony a6000 [B&H | Amazon] mopped the floor with my Canon DSLRs (5D Mk II and a pair of Rebel SL1s [B&H | Amazon]).

It’s that Sony glass is doing the same thing to Canon glass.

My first native Sony e-mount lens – the 50mm f/1.8 OSS [B&H | Amazon] – made a convincing argument that it is no longer axiomatic that Canon glass is the way to go. I followed up a few weeks ago with the purchase of the new Sony 28mm f/2.0 [B&H | Amazon],


This Sony 28mm f/2.0 is small. Light. Fast. SHARP. Silent. That was the end of the 28-70mm f/2.8L.

Two for two, in my book.

I’ve been waiting for the coup de grace for my favorite remaining old-school Canon lens: the 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM [B&H | Amazon] It’s an incredibly sharp, robust lens – but dog-breath slow for autofocusing.

And now it’s happened: the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 [B&H | Amazon]is weeks away from shipping, and in the meantime Sony’s FE 90mm f/2.8Macro G OSS [B&H | Amazon] just rocked a DxOmark score of 40, making it the number 4 lens in their entire database.

Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS JPG

According to their tests, Sony’s 90mm macro is as good on a Sony a5000 as Canon’s venerable EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS on a Canon 5D Mk III [B&H | Amazon], with identical 18 P-Mpix scores (a measure of sharpness based in part upon MTF curves). And when placed on the current Sony a7r, [B&H | Amazon] the Sony’s sharpness score jumps to 32 P-Mpix. Just imagine it on Sony's newer and higher resolution (42mp) a7r II [B&H | Amazon].

The ONLY things that are keeping me from getting this lens right now are:

  • holding it in my hand and comparing it to the Batis 85mm f/1.8 (at a weight of 475g and a length of 92mm vs the 90mm f/2.8 Macro G’s 605g and 131mm, the Batis is a much more compact proposition); and
  • really thinking through if I’ll miss the macro capability (I suspect I will).

Very exciting to see a manufacturer delivering the goods.

DXOMark Rates the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS 4th Best Lens

Via Phoblographer:

Today, DXOMark has released their findings and tests with the new Sony 90mm Macro f2.8 G OSS lens for Sony FE mount cameras. Of all the ratings on the site, this lens is one of the company’s sharpest and is only behind the Sony 55mm f1.8. Tested on the Sony A7r, this rating places it even ahead of the Sigma 35mm f1.4. In fact, the top 10 list is dominated by Sony and Zeiss with a bit of Sigma and Nikon slipping in there.

Read full article at Phoblographer “DXOMark Rates the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS 4th Best Lens”


Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

Via B&H:

Get up close and personal with the 1:1 magnification ratio of the full-frame compatible FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens for Sony's E-Mount mirrorless cameras. Optimized for macro shooting, this medium telephoto lens utilizes an aspherical element along with extra-low dispersion and super extra-low dispersion glass in order to create sharp imagery with minimal aberration. Also, it has a Nano AR Coating that suppresses reflections and allows for efficient light transmission for clear photographs.

Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective when shooting in low light and allows for shallow depth-of-field focus. An internal focus system in which only the middle optical groups move when focusing provides fast autofocus action and a short minimum focus distance of 11″. Also, the lens does not extend when focusing and the front end does not rotate. The Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF motor employs piezoelectric elements oscillating at ultrasonic frequencies to drive the focus lens with accuracy and near-silence. The focus ring slides back and forth to select manual or auto focus and with a focus hold button and focus limiter switch, the lens offers precise control of where you place focus.

An optical image stabilization system uses gyro sensors to detect camera movement and quiet linear motors to shift the stabilization lens for blur control that is very helpful when shooting macro and/or in low light. Nine circular aperture blades create a unique diaphragm design that is almost perfectly circular throughout its aperture range and thus helps to create pleasing out-of-focus highlights. Finally, a handsome and sturdy build with a dust and moisture resistant design contributes to the overall quality and durability of this fine optic

Product Highlights

  • 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″

Check out the full Product Features and Specifications of the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

(cover photo credit: snap from the Phoblographer)

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