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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens (Sony E)

BH #SO5012GM • MFR #SEL50F12GM
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens (Sony E)
Key Features
  • Full-Frame | f/1.2 to f/16
  • Extremely Fast Design, Advanced Optics
  • Four XD Linear AF Motors, Internal Focus
  • Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
Combining speed, versatility, and quality, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM is a normal-length prime that flexes a bright f/1.2 design and advanced optics while remaining portable and lightweight for everyday shooting. As a G Master lens, resolution and bokeh are top priorities, and this 50mm f/1.2 goes on to also include a sophisticated focusing system to suit both stills and video needs and a reliable physical design that's intuitive to use and durable enough for working in harsh environments.
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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Impressive Speed and Sharpness
  • 3
  • 4G Master Resolution and Bokeh
  • 5Exceptional Speed and Versatility
  • 6
  • 7Fast and Precise AF
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10Compact and Durable Design
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Impressive Speed and Sharpness
Combining speed, versatility, and quality, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM is a normal-length prime that flexes a bright f/1.2 design and advanced optics while remaining portable and lightweight for everyday shooting. As a G Master lens, resolution and bokeh are top priorities, and this 50mm f/1.2 goes on to also include a sophisticated focusing system to suit both stills and video needs and a reliable physical design that's intuitive to use and durable enough for working in harsh environments.
G Master Resolution and Bokeh
G Master lenses prioritize sharpness and bokeh quality by featuring advanced optical designs and specialized elements.
  • Three XA (extreme aspherical) elements effectively control astigmatism, field curvature, coma, distortion, and other spherical aberrations for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • Nano AR Coating II has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions. This updated coating is better suited for larger, curved elements and is especially adept at minimizing internal reflections.
  • Floating focus mechanism helps to ensure optimum and consistent sharpness throughout the focusing range.
Exceptional Speed and Versatility
  • Normal 50mm focal length suits a variety of subjects and shooting applications, ranging from portraiture and street shooting to landscapes, lifestyle, and architectural subjects.
  • Truly impressive f/1.2 maximum aperture yields extremely shallow depth of field results for separating subjects from busy backgrounds using selective focus.
  • Beyond depth of field control, the f/1.2 design also benefits shooting handheld and working with faster shutter speeds in low-light conditions.
  • Rounded 11-blade diaphragm helps produce a smooth and circular bokeh quality.
Fast and Precise AF
Four XD Linear Motors provide quick, quiet, and precise autofocus and subject tracking performance. This design also contributes to more natural, intuitive Linear Response manual focus control and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
  • XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors deliver high thrust to efficiently move larger, heavier elements and focus groups, such as those needed to produce an f/1.2 lens. This focusing system also achieves accurate focus when working with extremely shallow depth fo field effects.
  • Internal focusing design offers more responsive focusing performance and maintains a consistent overall lens length during operation.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.3' suits making dynamic close-up images.
  • A close minimum focusing distance, maximum magnification of 0.17x, and bright f/1.2 aperture help create shallow depth of field imagery with a strong close-up subject and a soft background.
Compact and Durable Design
  • Despite the wide f/1.2 maximum aperture, complex optical design, and inclusion of a high-performance AF system, this lens manages to still be relatively compact and lightweight for everyday handheld use, measuring 3.4 x 4.4" and weighing 1.7 lb.
  • Two focus hold buttons are featured on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance1.3' / 40 cm
Maximum Magnification0.17x
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.4 x 4.3" / 87 x 108 mm
Weight1.7 lb / 778 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.83 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.6 x 6.8 x 5"

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Reviews

Beautiful!

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-18

Really blown away by the performance of this lens. I switched to the Sony Alpha 1 platform coming from the Leica SL system. Sold all my Sl gear and very happy with my decision. Lens just feels right. And the look is amazing. Super fast focus, great color, bokeh is beautiful, and as sharp but not clinical as it gets. Wow!

Magnificent Lens!

By Amin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-11

Edge to edge sharpness is amazing. With that 1.2 aperture night photography is absolutely amazing. Easily my favorite lens in my bag.

Absolutely beautiful lens

By Jennifer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-10

This lens is absolutely beautiful. Crystal clear edge to edge. Beautiful coloring and nice and sharp. Even wide open.

Crazy Sharp Glass....

By perry
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-28

This is the sharpest 50mm I ever used. The CA control is insanely good on this. Fast and accurate af on Sony A7r iii. On par with all the Sigma glass I have for the Sony. Took 1 star off because I believe all glass with aperture ring need a lock.

Sony at its finest!

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

Absolutely hands down the best lens Sony has made so far. I was in love after 20 minutes. The build quality is next level. Focusing ring is perfect, glass is absolutely gorgeous, and the results are superb! I would not hesitate at all in adding this lens to my arsenal. An absolute game changer for all photographers from street photography to shooting the Milky Way. I really didn't have to change my iso settings compared to when j shoot with my 85mm GM 1.4 lens. Pretty much my two favorite lens's of all time. Can't go wrong with either but this 50mm is absolutely incredible in all aspects. JUST BUY IT! Thank me later.

Must have lens

By Rai
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

One of my fav. lens in my collection! The perfect one!

My Favorite 50mm!

By Andy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-15

This lens is almost magical. It's big and heavy, although less so than other 50mm 1.2s. Super sharp corner to corner, even all the way open. Silky smooth transitions and beautiful bokeh. Silent and lightening-fast auto focus. For video, focus breathing can be nullified with Breathing Compensation. Expensive.

Spectacular lens

By Swapnil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

I was lucky to get my hands on the lens as this is one of the best prime lenses I have used. I am new to the Sony system (prior Nikon user) but this lens makes things everything feel like a breeze. It is a sturdy lens as well. I recently dropped it from like 4 feet height on asphalt and to my pleasant surprise, both the lens and the camera survived without a scratch. (I would not recommend anyone doing a drop test though). The bokeh is circular which I like and very distinct. Overall I think it is a beautiful lens and checks off all on my list. If you get it on a deal (which is not unusual) go get it.

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