Review of the Sony 90mm Macro f/2.8 G | The Sharpest Lens I've Ever Purchased

Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

I recently purchased the Sony 90mm Macro f/2.8 lens.  Admittedly with was a bit of an impulse buy but one of my bucket-list items is to master macro photography.  After purchasing the lens I realized that not only did I purchase a great lens for macro photography, but I also purchased one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.  This is now a go-to lens for a wide variety of items. 

By The Numbers:

  • Focal Length- 90mm
  • Aperture Range- f/2.8-f/22
  • Angle of View- 27°
  • Minimum Focal Distance- 11.02" (28cm)
  • Magnification- 1 x
  • Diaphragm Blades- 9, Rounded
  • Maxmimum Reproduction Ratio- 1:1
  • Front Filter Thread: 62mm
  • Dimensions: 3.11 x 5.14" (79.0 x 130.5 mm)
  • Weight: 1.32 lb (602 g)

Features:

  • Image Stabilization
  • 135mm equivalent on APS-C Cameras
  • A Nano Coating for reduced flare, reflections and ghosting
  • A Direct Drive System allows for quick, smooth focusing 
  • Quick adjust between manual and autofocus
Shot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium   Sony A7RIII ,  90mm Macro  | f/2.8, 1/40", ISO 2500

Shot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sony A7RIII, 90mm Macro | f/2.8, 1/40", ISO 2500

I decided to test out this lens in Monterey in a few different settings.  It did take awhile to get used to the lens but once I figured out how to properly focus it I found it to be unbelievably sharp.  

Sony A7RIII , 90mm Macro | f/2.8, 1/40", ISO 2500

Sony A7RIII, 90mm Macro | f/2.8, 1/40", ISO 2500

In the above photo you'll notice the hairs on the end of the lip of this sea creature, #notascientist.  It's pretty incredible quality considering it was shot at an ISO of 2500. 

One of the best features of the lens is the 11" minimum focal distance that allows you to get right up on the subject.  This is far better than a lot of other macro lenses on the market and if placed on an APS-C camera you will get some incredible zoom.  

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In addition to being a great Macro lens I found this to be a great portrait lens overall.  The photos it takes at distance are unbelievably sharp and a lot sharper than my Sony 24-70 GM lens. The focusing at distance can be a little bit hard to get used to but when I figured it out I was super happy with what I got. 

Sony A7RIII,  90mm Macro  | f/5, 1/200, ISO 250

Sony A7RIII, 90mm Macro | f/5, 1/200, ISO 250

Kyle.... One of the best musicians I know!  Check out http://www.kylekmusic.com/  Sony A7RIII, 90MM G | f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250

Kyle.... One of the best musicians I know!  Check out http://www.kylekmusic.com/

Sony A7RIII, 90MM G | f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250

Portrait of Karen from Feel Better Yoga   Sony A7RIII ,  90MM G  | f/4.5, 1/120, ISO 320

Portrait of Karen from Feel Better Yoga

Sony A7RIII, 90MM G | f/4.5, 1/120, ISO 320

So if you can't tell I am stoked about this lens.  I could nerd out about a whole bunch of technical parts of the lens but instead I will just tell you that I have found it to be incredibly sharp, easy to use and a new go-to lens for my bag.  If you want more info on the lens click here