Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS E-mount lens review by Dibok

reviewer#18347 date: Sep-8-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm USD, Sigma 150mm
Compared to Tamron the FE is far better in terms of colors and bokeh. Built quality wise the Tamron can't compete vs the FE. I didn't mind the "plastic-fantastic", the downside on the Tamron was the unreliable wobbling focus ring.
Compared to the Sigma (disregarding the fl difference here) the FE is "just" on par. That's not bad, as of the Sigma being close to a perfect macro lens.
price paid:1.100 €
positive:Very well built, AF/MF Ring, full IF design, very good bokeh, quite fast AF
negative:Tends to hunt focus in bad light conditions, tends to lock AF in "nirwana" under bad lighting (reproducible tendency)
comment:The FE90 is a highly desirable lens. It doesn't leave anything to rave about. Some may complain about its size and weight - with attached hood it is indeed quite long but for me still not too heavy.
There seems to be an ugly market tendency (all manufacturers are doing) to milk advanced users by often asking for unreasonable prices. If Sony's (E and FE) lenses would not suffer that often from centering defects ( a friend had it even on the very expensive Distagon 35) I would judge the high price for a quality control extra. But as quality control is not one of Sony's strengths I call the lense for about 20 to 25 percent overpriced.
However there is no real choice if you are looking for a great macro lens. And there is no doubt that the FE90 is great lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 16
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.94
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.88
  • overall: 4.92 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania