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Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

31 May 2019
Maciej Latao

8. Vignetting

First let's check how the lens performs on the smaller APS-C sensor – appropriate thumbnails can be found below.

A7RII, APS-C, f/2.8 A7RII, APS-C, f/4.0
Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting


In this case you get some chances to notice vignetting only at the maximum relative aperture, where it amounts to 20% (−0.65EV). By f/4.0 it decreases to an imperceptible level of 6% (−0.19EV).

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Now let's check the situation on full frame – appropriate thumbnails can be found below.

A7RII, FF, f/2.8 A7RII, FF, f/4.0
Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting
A7RII, FF, f/5.6 A7RII, FF, f/8.0
Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting


There are far more problems but we already expected and predicted them in the previous chapter, with significant mechanical vignetting visible in defocused circles of light. By f/2.8 the brightness loss in the frame corners amounts to 53% (−2.17 EV) . What about the results of the competition? The Tamron 2.8/90 VC, a lens with the same parameters, fared a bit better with a value of 46%. The Canon 2.8/100 L IS USM had even a better result, that of 43%. The Sigma 2.8/105 OS was equally weak as the tested lens, with vignetting of 55%.

Fortunately stopping down of the aperture is quite effective when it comes to limiting the vignetting. By f/4.0 that aberration decreases to 29% (−1.01 EV), by f/5.6 it amounts to 17% (−0.55 EV) and by f/8.0 and f/11 it is practically invisible, reaching, respectively, just 10% (−0.31 EV) and 8% (−0.24 EV).

Sony A7RII, JPEG, f/2.8
Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Vignetting