Celebrating the fifth anniversary of their high-resolution G Master Series, Sony just announced the FE 50mm F1.2 G Master Lens. This is Sony’s first F1.2 lens. The smallest and lightest in its class, the 50mm 1.2 G Master (GM) is smaller and better performing than competitors from Canon and Nikon. The build is based on the existing Sony ZA 50mm F1.4, but it’s equipped with more advanced performance capabilities.

The 50mm 1.2 GM features incredibly fast autofocus thanks to its XD Extreme Dynamic Linear Motors. It’s speedy enough to keep up with the 30fps burst rate of the new Sony a1. The compact prime lens also generates incredible bokeh and shallow depth of field.

Get more details on this incredible lens after the jump.

50mm F1.2 G Master: Beautiful Imagery in a Compact Frame

With a lightweight 1.7-pound frame, the 50mm F1.2 G Master is a very mobile camera that can be used with compact E-mount full-frame or APS-C camera bodies. Perfect for moviemaking, the four XD Extreme Linear Motors for fast AF and precise tracking, plus the very bright F1.2 maximum aperture, enable beautiful stills as well. The 50mm F1.2 G Master features  11 circular aperture blades and three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements, providing fantastic clarity and sharpness on the in-focus areas of the picture while achieving beautiful bokeh. In addition to all these new and improved shooting features, the 50mm F1.2 GM is protected by a dust-and moisture-resistant construction.

Here are the specifications:

  • Focal Length: 50mm (35mm equivalent focal length of 75mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.2
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Lens Mount: Sony E
  • Format: For full-frame mirrorless cameras
  • Lens Construction: 10 groups, 14 elements
  • Angle of View: 47°
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 15.7”
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio: 0.17x
  • Filter Size: φ72mm
  • Maximum Dimensions (Diameter x Length): φ3.4 × 4.3”
  • Weight: 27.5oz

Sony’s FE 50mm F1.2 G Master is worthy of all the milestones marked by its release (first F1.2, fifth anniversary G Master, 40th FE, 60th E-mount lens). It comes in at just under $2,000, so it’s not for the faint of heart. However, it certainly delivers maximum value for the range.

The lens comes packed with the ALC-SH163 lens hood, the ALC-F72S front lens cap and the ALC-R1EM rear cap, as well as a soft protective case and a strap. While Sony hasn’t announced the release date yet, head over to our product page to pre-order this bad boy!


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