It’s the first dedicated macro lens for Sony’s full- frame E-mount cameras, but just how good is the new Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens? Richard Sibley has a closer look.
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS review – Image quality
As you would expect, the lens is bitingly sharp in the centre, even when shooting wide open at f/2.8. Stopped down to f/8 it is even better, creating crisp, clear macro images where minuscule textures are revealed. It is obviously a great companion for the 36.4-million-pixel Sony Alpha 7R.
At f/8, images display little difference in sharpness from the centre to the sides of images. It is only in the very corners that there is a drop in resolution, and even there the resolution is incredibly impressive.
In general use, the Sony FE 90mm produces great images that are critically sharp, which actually makes this lens a good option for certain types of landscape image, as well as still-life shots and portraits. Eyes, eyelashes and hair are rendered beautifully crisp, while the f/2.8 aperture throws backgrounds nicely out of focus.
I also used the lens for some street photography images, where I found that the level of contrast that the lens produced, when combined with the Alpha 7R, made for really great pictures.
Out-of-focus areas are beautifully rendered with smooth gradations in tones, thanks to the rounded aperture blades. This is, of course, vital for macro and portrait images, where a smooth background helps to make the subject really stand out.