Sony drops new G-master lens: the 11-blade FE 50mm F1.2

The newest entry to Sony’s expansive G-master line is the FE 50mm F1.2 lens. Featuring a maximum aperture of F1.2, the lens provides users more options when shooting in low light conditions and creates more cinematic depth in videos.

FE 50mm F1.2 G-master overview

The FE 50mm F1.2 G-master consists of 11 aperture blades. The 11-blade circular aperture unit enhances the lens’s bokeh effect. Additionally, it decreases the lens’s outer diameter. Also, Sony’s unique optical design reduces chromatic aberrations.

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FE 50mm F1.2 G-master’s focusing

The 50mm F1.2 lens features a convenient switch to change between manual and autofocus modes. It makes it much easier for users to switch between the modes without having to look away from the viewfinder. Users simply need to press the focus hold button to focus.

Spec-wise, the 50mm F1.2 lens includes a Floating Focus mechanism and offers a minimum focusing distance of 0.4 m and a maximum magnification of 0.17 x, made possible by the lens’s three XA (extreme aspherical) elements. Also, the elements suppress onion ring bokeh.

The lens supports real-time tracking, even with the Alpha 1’s 30fps continuous shooting. Additionally, the lens supports camera eye tracking and touch focus. The lens features a quiet aperture drive and an aperture ring with a switchable click. So, it’s suitable for focusing during video shooting since it won’t be making noise when focusing.

Let’s talk design

Sony says the FE 50mm F1.2 is lighter and smaller than other F1.2 lenses. In total, it weighs 778g. Other competition weighs between 950g to 1090g. So it shaves off about 200g. Additionally, it measures 108mm in length and 50mm f1.2 in width. The lens comes coated with Sony’s Nano AR Coating II. This coat minimizes internal reflections, so this reduces flaring and ghosting. Sony claims no flaring and ghosting will occur. 

Pricing and availability

Sony says the FE 50mm F1.2 lens G-Master’s price currently lies between $2000 to $2,200. We will learn more when the lens launches on May 13th.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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