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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 Weight2.835 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.6 x 5.1"

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Reviews

Beautiful lens

By Tevan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

Sharp, fast, pleasing

Awesome lens

By Jeiel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-07

I really like this lens with my a7rIV. F1.2 is great to have, but I knew I woupdn't use that fstop a lot. It 8s veey sharp and produces great image quality.

Best 50 1.2 since the Canon EF

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-02

Now Sony just needs to make good in their brag that they can create 1.0 primes for the FE mount, and I'll get them all like the shiny Pokmon that they are.

The best lens ever

By Tigran
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-01

The best lens I have ever seen. Very sharp very quick. Sony did a great job. My anytime anywhere lens.

Smaller, faster, lighter, better

By david
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-15

I shot more images with my old Sony Planar T* 50 1.4 than any other lens I own and I'm a Sony Artisan so I own a lot of them. For years, the 50mm 1.4 was my go-to workhorse but after getting my new 50mm 1.2, I never picked it up again. The 50mm 1.2 is lighter and smaller despite being faster. The build quality is better too. It just feels and looks right on the camera. I've never geeked out on sharpness. All modern lenses are sharp. I do geek out on autofocus speed and smoothness though and both represent a huge step forward. Once you take it there's no going back. Make sure your cameras are running the latest firmware. It makes a big difference.

This is the sort of lens I would switch systems for.

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

Fortunately, I didn't have to. I use it on an A9ii, and couldn't be happier with it.

I love this lens

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Amazing sharpness and detail with fast and silent focus! I used it with my A7III on Christmas day to get family portraits for my daughter-in-law's family. Eye focus worked every time not a single soft focus in the batch! Colors were right on as well. Even in mid-day light outdoors. I hesitated because of the cost but this lens is a winner! Thanks B&H for wonderful service as well!

Great Lens

By Eli
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Sony did it again. The 50mm f/1.2 is laser sharp and works amazingly well with the Sony FX9 in autofocus mode.

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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: 2021-09-19

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: 2021-09-19

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: 2021-12-30

Does this lens work will with the Sony A7III?

Does this lens work will with the Sony A7III?
Asked by: Cris
Yes it will!
Answered by: Ryan
Date published: 2021-10-10

Dose the sharpness Compare to the Sony FE 135mm ...

Dose the sharpness Compare to the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM (G Master) Full Frame E-Mount Lens
Asked by: phillip
Both this FE 50mm f/1.2 GM and the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM lens are very sharp. The things that sent them apart the most are that the 135mm offers a narrower angle of view and is not as bright in low light versus the 50mm.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-09-19
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