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Sony FE macrophotography lenses

Introduction

  • most lenses have close focus capability to 0.1-0.35x macro depending upon design but for macro work one usually needs at least 0.5x (1:2) or preferably, 1:1 and some of these may have tilt-shift capability.
  • your choice of focal length will determine your working distance from the subject and how wide the background is - most nature photographers tend to go for a short telephoto focal length to allow a longer working distance to avoid scaring live insects
  • More specialized lenses allow “ultra macro” from 1x to perhaps even 5x but these generally require special studio type set ups with micrometer stages and focus stacking (diffraction causes softening at apertures smaller than f/5.6 at this magnification and single images are thus extremely shallow in depth of field (DOF))
  • Beyond 5x enters the realm of photomicrography

AF macro lenses

native FE mount 1:1 macro AF lenses

  • Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 macro
    • $AU800
  • Sigma FE 70mm f/2.8 DG macro ART
  • Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 macro G OSS:
    • released late 2015 and was voted lens of the year 2015-2016 at EISA
    • $US1100
    • internal focus
    • Nano AR coating
    • close focus 11“ or 28cm giving 1:1 macro
    • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF motor
    • 9 circular aperture blades
    • focus hold button
    • 3 range focus limiter: Full, infinity to 19.7” and 11“ to 19.7”
    • focus ring slides back to activate MF only
    • weathersealed
    • 600g; 62mm filter; 131mm long;
  • Tokina Firin 100mm f/2.8 macro
    • 55mm filter; not weathersealed; no AF/MF switch; no internal focus; MF by wire with an enormous focus throw; significant focus breathing as image zooms with focus; AF slow and noisy; some CA wide open but better at f/4; sharp wide open in centre and reasonably sharp in corners;
  • Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO Art
    • announced Sept 2020
    • clickable/clickless aperture ring
    • focus limiter 0.5m - infinity; close focus 0.295m;
    • 9 diaphragm blades
    • 62mm filter
    • 17 elements in 12 group
    • 710g / 25 oz / 1.56 pounds
    • $US799

native FE mount 1:2 macro AF lenses

  • Tamron 20mm Di III OSD M1:2 lens
    • $US349
  • Tamron 24mm Di III OSD M1:2 lens
    • $US349
  • Tamron 35mm Di III OSD M1:2 lens
    • $US349

dSLR 1:1 AF lenses requiring adapter

Manual focus lenses

native FE mount MF lenses

  • Yasuhara Nanoha f/11 Macro Lens 5:1
    • built-in, removable, USB-powered 3x LED lighting
    • focusing range 11-19mm giving 4:1 to 5:1 macro
    • f/11 - 32
    • $US399
  • Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens
    • long probe style lens with 0.2“ diam front part waterproof to allow it to be placed underwater
    • close focus to 1.5' giving working distance of 0.8” for 2:1 macro
    • f/14-40 via 7 blade diaphragm
    • built-in LED ring light to aid in focusing at close distances
    • $US1499
  • Voigtländer 65mm f/2 macro APO-Lanthar
  • Voigtlander Macro APO Lanthar 110mm f/2.5
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO
    • great lens almost no CA
    • not weathersealed; flare can be an issue; vignetting not an issue at f/8 onwards; MF ring a bit stiff; aperture ring can be moved accidentally.
    • unlike Canon EF version, no electronic coupling in Sony mount so aperture ring is also manual
    • 67mm filter and need a protective filter on at all times due to the design
  • Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC macro

dSLR MF lenses requiring adapter

unusual macro lenses

photo/sonyfe_macro.txt · Last modified: 2020/10/01 17:36 by gary1