Best Macro Lens

Started Feb 22, 2020 | Questions thread
QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 4,508
Re: Best Macro Lens
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There's no real AF competition for the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS.

There's the budget Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro with a slow DC motor. And the borrowed SLR designs Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art and Tokina FiRIN 100mm F2.8 Macro. Tamron just released three native primes that can do half size and also have DC motors (OSD): 20mm F2.8, 24mm F2.8 and 35mm F2.8.

Adapting an EF or A-mount macro lens with a distance encoder gets full 5-axis stabilization if you use a smart adapter. The Sony A-mount macro lenses also get Lens Compensation support in A7 and A9 bodies.

The Sony A-mount 50mm F2.8 Macro and 100mm F2.8 Macros are old Minolta designs. The earlier Minolta D versions get the same support (despite Sony's website saying they don't). The pre-D Minolta versions have the same optics but lack distance encoders and don't get Lens Compensation support in camera. None of these has an in-lens AF motor. The Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM has a slow DC motor, and although it is an APS-C lens it does cover full-frame.

Voigtländer 110mm F2.5 Macro Apo-Lanthar -- excellent optics, manual focus, does 1:1 life size, has electric contacts and a focus encoder for 5-axis stabilization and MF Assist

Voigtländer 65mm F2 Macro Apo-Lanthar -- excellent optics, manual focus, only does half size, has electric contacts and a focus encoder for 5-axis stabilization and MF Assist

There are a few manual macro lenses without contacts that lose x- and y-axis stabilization.

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