Everything to know about the new Sony macro lens
The new Sony 90mm macro lens
Who should use it, why you should get one and how to use it
By Scott Gietler
Finally, a great macro option for Sony shooters! Rejoice! The day has arrived. I have held this lens in my hand (ok it is a little heavy) and it is real. But let's get to the real point - who should get this lens?
Who should buy the Sony 90mm macro lens?
Everyone who falls into all of the following 4 categories:
#1 You can afford it. The lens is $999, and ports will add more $$ to that price
#2 You shoot with a NEX5, NEX6, NEX7, A5000, A5100, A6000, A7/A7R/A7S, or A7 II.
#3 Your housing supports the lens. It is a big lens. Right now Nauticam has confirmed support for all of its housings. We are awaiting word from Ikelite, Recsea, and Sea & Sea.
#4 You are ok letting your small, light setup become bigger and heavier (because it will).
#5 People who want to take really awesome macro shots
Why should you buy the Sony 90mm macro lens?
#1 This lens in infinitely better than the other existing Sony macro options. Way more magnification than the 16-50mm, 18-55mm or Zeiss 50mm macro lenses.
#2 Significantly more working distance than all other Sony macro options. Working distance is very important for properly composing an image, not scaring your subject, and lighting the image properly.
#3 Sharp, sharp, sharp. This lens is ultra-sharp, so sharp you won't believe the detail in your macro photos.
#4 Significantly greater magnification and working distance when using a wet diopter. Speaking of supermacro, check out my new top ten supermacro tips for underwater article.
#5 Longer lenses like this one can and will create incredible bokeh (background blur) for your macro photos
#6 You can finally shoot those skittish gobies and juvenile fish that stay out of reach
#1 Weight, size, cost
#2 Autofocus speed of longer macro lenses is usually slower than people are used to with their other lenses, at least until people get used to the lens and learn their focus modes better
What ports do I need?
- For the Nauticam NEX or A5000/A6000 housings, macro port 60 nau-18701 and the Nauticam N85 to N120 adapter nau-36204
- For Nauticam A7 housing, Nauticam macro port nau-37125
- For Nauticam A7 II housing, Nauticam macro port nau-37126
Sony 90mm macro lens specs
- 1:1 magnification
- Great image stabilization (OSS)
- Fastest aperture is F2.8
- Weight - 1.33lb (602 grams)
- Length - 5.14 inches (131mm)
- Optics - 15 elements in 11 groups
- Includes a focus limiter switch
- Angle of View : 27° (35mm) 17° (APS-C)
Where to buy?
Sony 90mm macro lens (on our site)
Any more questions?
Just email me and I'll promptly reply.