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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens

BH #SO5012GM • MFR #SEL50F12GM
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Three XA Elements
  • Nano AR II and Fluorine Coatings
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
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

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!

It redefines how good a lens can be

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

This doesn't require a long review. It's the greatest 50mm lens to have ever existed, and it's actually not even close. I have shot with some of the most expensive 50mm lenses there are, but when I say this is as close to perfect as a lens can get, I mean it. It's heavy, but lighter than all other 50mm 1.2 lenses, and it's not too long, so it balances well. The AF is crazy accuate, there is NO chromatic aberration, it's sharp edge to edge, but it also has life and character, it's never clinical. And it focuses down to 0.4m, just to add one more bonus you didn't know you needed. If you're obsessed with 50mm lenses like I've been for the last 12 years, you owe it to yourself to own this lens. Sell your other stuff, buy this, and just live happily ever after.

Dream lens

By Andre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-21

I had recently photographed a baptism with the 50mm-a fantastic lens in sharpness and bokeh. I had three other lenses with me, but that was the one I used the most. Ninrockx/Instagram

Amazing Lens

By Juan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

Amazing in low light conditions for street photography during the night

The perfect lens

By Bradley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-03

I have been keeping my eye on this lens and reviews for a while and finally picked this up for myself. This is an extremely sharp and fast lens to have in your bag. The image quality and bokeh are amazing and the build quality is exactly what you'd expect from a Sony GM lens. One of the best lenses I have purchased.

Amazing glass

By Wen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

Sharpness at 1.2 is to die for. Been on my camera about 80% of the time ever since I got this. Worth every penny.

The Magic Lens

By Max
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-17

Autofocus performance even wide open is stunning. It's not as huge as some other f/1.2 lenses and it's my favorite focal length for photography. What's not to like? The price and availability I suppose.

My new favorite lens

By Arsen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Yeah the price is a bit high but if you know you're going to use it and you know it'll make you money then it's well worth it. Like 1000 times better than that stock 50mm

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Does the lens have weather sealing?

Does the lens have weather sealing?
Asked by: Alan
Yes, it has Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-12-30

With a decent fast-focus body (like the a7siii or ...

With a decent fast-focus body (like the a7siii or the FX3), will this be good for run and gunning, I wonder?
Asked by: Tyler
Waiting on mine. how ever if it react the same as the 135 mm f1.8 gm . Real fast . I tracked a bumblebee buzzing around a flower .
Answered by: phillip
Date published: 2021-09-20

Is there any filter that is compatible with this ...

Is there any filter that is compatible with this lens hood? I bought the Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter, but I can't put the lens hood on when I apply the filter.
Asked by: Xincheng
Most filters will be compatible with the lens hood on this lens, but not a variable ND filter, which is necessarily thicker than most filters.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2022-09-02

One of the reviewers said the reviewer: actual ...

One of the reviewers said the reviewer: actual focal length was a bit wider, around 48mm, is this true?
Asked by: edwin
While generally considered a non-issue for photographers, the focus breathing of this lens results in a slight change in the focal length depending on the distance of the subject upon which one is focusing. As such, the average is around 50mm, but that does vary very slightly according to the distance at which the subject is located. The advantage of this system is that it allows the lens not to need to extend at all in order to focus; The optical changes necessary for focusing occur entirely internally. The result is faster focusing with less vibration, better weather resistance, and a more consistent balance.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-12-17

I have a Sony A7r IIIA. Will that lens work good ...

I have a Sony A7r IIIA. Will that lens work good with my camera?
Asked by: Beatrice
Yes Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens is fully compatible with the Sony A7r IIIA.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-07-21

How does this lens compare to the 50mm f1.4 ...

How does this lens compare to the 50mm f1.4 Planar T ?
Asked by: Marlon
The 1.4 is an excellent lens but shows its age when it comes to the precision of the glass machining. The bokeh will have a bit more onion skinning and the chromatic aberration is more pronounced. Also auto focus on the new 1.2 is way faster and more precise. Hope that helps! Well worth the extra $500 IMO
Answered by: Jeahn
Date published: 2021-09-13

Is the manual focus linear? If I turn the camera ...

Is the manual focus linear? If I turn the camera off/on do I have to refocus? (two different questions)
Asked by: Brian
The manual focus on the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM uses an electronic fly-by-wire manual focusing system driven by Sony's Quad XD linear motor. From my tests in the store, when the lens is left in manual, after turning the camera off and on, the position of the lens focal plane in manual is not altered or changed.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-09-12

Where is the lens made?

Where is the lens made?
Asked by: Alan
Country of origin is Thailand.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-07-13
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