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New FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II vs FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS - Which is better?


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Hi everyone, I am a macro newbie and I am trying to understand the features of the new 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II and if it has feature parity with the 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS or if it has more pros vs cons when comparing both.

From what I've been reading so far:
The new 70-200mm F4 Macro can have up to:

  • 1:1 macro magnification when combined with a 2.0x TC and focal length of 140-400mm with F/8 aperture.
  • Minimum focus distance of 10"

The 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS:

  • 1:1 macro magnification
  • Minimum focus distance of 11"

So far what I can tell from a spec on paper perspective:

The main difference is the aperture. However the aperture disadvantage can be fixed with flashes right?

Links to the specs:

New Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II:

FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS:

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Hey there! 

In my experience with macro, the focusing plane is so small, you'll want to shoot at a rough minimum of f/5.6 - f/8 just to have a better chance getting things in focus. So in terms of using this lens for macro, I don't think the aperture will make that big of a difference. 

For newbies in macro, you might like to be able to have different focal lengths, depending on what you're shooting... 

I've got my eye on the new 70-200, I think it's going to be a major addition to my macro kit! 

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