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Sony A7R II
Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Examples: Bad Lens Sample (A7R II)

All images shot using a brand-new 42-megapixel Sony A7R II on tripod. Image stabilization disabled. 2 second self timer, EFC shutter.

This page documents a “bad sample” of the Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS. The lens was delivered by B&H Photo in thick bubble pack in a box that was pristine, showing no signs of mishandling or impact. It was brand new as of the day these images were shot.

It is clear that the optical design of the Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS is strong*, but a lens has to be built to tight tolerances to perform (this is part of what makes Zeiss Otus so strong—stringent quality control).

The loss of sharpness shown here is could be called an “f/8 error”, meaning that even f/8 cannot quite hide the loss of sharpness. But it’s more than sharpness; the effect is of smearing/tearing, an unsettled look to the image that has a reluctance to sharpen up with stopping down. If it were a flange-to-mount issue, one would see a skew in the plane of focus and not much more than that.

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