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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

Key Specs
Focal Length
50mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.2
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.2
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
47°
Minimum Focus Distance
1.3' / 40 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.17x
Optical Design
14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
11, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.4 x 4.3" / 87 x 108 mm
Weight
1.7 lb / 778 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.83 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.8 x 5.5 x 5.4"

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Reviews

This Lens is AMAZING!!!

By Marcela
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-22

Quality image! Sharp ❤️❤️❤️

Best 50mm Lens - Period!

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-18

Every aspect of this lens is state-or-the-art. Razor sharp wide open through 11 and still sharp at 16, crystal clear contrast, lightning fast and accurate autofocus on the A7RV. Controls are smooth as silk and the click setting on the aperture ring is firm enough to make a lock switch superfluous. Considering the wide aperture and spectacular image quality, the lens is relatively compact and reasonably lightweight. Basically perfect in every way and there's no better 50mm 1.2 out there.

An exceptional 50mm

By Ramon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-22

I have a Zeiss 50mm manual focus lens which I love. This lens gives the look and image quality that I love and autofocus. My new favorite fifty.

Best Prime Lens I Have Ever Used

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-22

I purchased this as a HUGE upgrade from the nifty 50. I have always been impressed with the build quality of the GM lenses - and Sony brand lenses in general. While I wasn't sure if I would really need the f/1.2 aperture, I am glad I got it. With the new f/1.4 out, it would really be a tough choice but if you need that creamy bokeh or want to get good courtside pics with a super-fast lens, you can't go wrong.

Must have prime

By praveendaspkd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-13

This one is for creating those magical portraits but as a content creator I am surprised to keep it on my sony a7r5 all the time

Optical Perfection

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-11

This lens is ridiculously big and heavy, but it's the best fast 50mm e mount lens available. The depth of field at f/1.2 is razor thin. It's amazing really, and you need to experience it for yourself.

If you want the best, this is the lens to get

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-25

First off, a few reviewers say that the lens is a little bit heavy, and yes it is, but compared to the Nikon 50mm which is 2.9 pounds and the Canon 50mm at 2.09 pounds this lens seems light. This is the best lens that I ever purchased, it's sharp and very fast. And if you want the best bokeh, again this is the lens to get. Sure it's expensive, but once you put it on your camera, you'll never will want to take it off.

Excellent lens

By Drew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-24

This is an excellent lens. It produces beautiful bokeh. Focuses fast. Solidly built, but a little heavy.

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Asked by: Marlon
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