Last month Sony celebrated the fifth anniversary of its G Master Lens series. Today, the Japanese giant announced its 13th G master lens, the F50mm f / 1.2gm prime lens. It marks the 30th lens in Sony’s E-Mount lineup, a powerful milestone.
Sony 50mm f / 1.2g is available on both Canon R systems and therefore Nikon Z systems with 50mm f / 1.2 Prime. Sony’s engineers have worked harder to deliver 50mm lenses than Canon and Nikon offer.
I took a quick time with the new Sony FE50mm f / 1.2 GM and so the lens has a more robust design and more impressive optical performance. It is too early to provide a complete assessment of the lens but initial impressions are positive across the board. In terms of construction, sharpness, bokeh, autofocus and much more, FE affects 50 mm f / 1.2 g.
Design and handling: Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM lens is surprisingly lightweight and compact
Stylistically, the FE 50mm f/1.2 GM follows suit with Sony’s previous G Master lenses. it’s constructed employing a hybrid metal and engineering plastic. It feels durable while also being lightweight. When used on the A7R IV, the lens balances alright and doesn’t feel front heavy.
The focus ring features a ridged surface, which offers an honest grip. Concerning the texture of the main target ring, it seems a touch lightweight. That said, the experience of manually focusing using the A7R IV felt fine. The aperture ring is great on the 50mm f/1.2 GM. it’s engraved aperture markings at f/1.2, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16, with unmarked lines for every one-third stops. The aperture ring has an accompanying de-clicking turn on the lens barrel. I prefer using the clicked setting, as I prefer to feel distinct stops as I adjust the aperture, except for users wanting a smooth iris control (such as for video recording), that option is out there.
Lens type: Prime lens
Focal length: 50 mm
Mount: Sony E (full-frame)
Full frame: Yes
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view: 47 degrees
Diaphragm blades: 11
Minimum aperture: f/16
Minimum focusing distance: 0.4m
Maximum magnification ratio: 0.17x
Filter size: 72mm
The standout feature of any F / 1.2 lens is its fast aperture rating, which enables an ultra-thin depth of field and fast shutter speeds under very low light conditions, helps freeze speed and handheld shooting without compromising your ISO rating. Enables. But there is more to the current lens than just ‘fast glass’. The optical path consists of three XA (final aspergillus) elements that drive only 0.01 microns in surface accuracy tolerance.
The goal is to minimize attenuation and great sharpness across the entire image frame with extended bokeh (pictorial properties of defocused areas) which is crucial with fast lenses. The diaphragm of the 11-blade helps to take care of a very good rounded aperture when closing the touch and raising the bokeh again – the competing Canon lens has 10 blades and so Nikon has nine.
With such a decent depth of field in the offer, proper autofocuses may be necessary. To ensure fast, reliable performance even when removing fairly large and heavy glass components, the lens incorporates no less than four XD (ultimate dynamic) linear motors. Manual focusing comes courtesy of a very damp, electronic pair of focus rings that allow for very delicate and precise adjustment.
Design and Handling
The build quality is entirely professional-grade standard, robust construction that features extensive weather sealing features a fluorine coating on the front component of the gold nano AR coating II in the lens to scare off most of the generation and reduce flames and keep moisture and grease away. Includes a high-quality, bayonet-fit hood, complete with a push-button locking mechanism.
The handling enhancements include two function buttons that fall naturally into both landscape and portrait orientation shooting below the thumb. These are customized via the host camera’s menu system for nominal autofocus-hold but often for other available functions such as switching the eye detection autofocus between the left and right eye of the subject. There is a functional manual aperture ring that manages one-third of an f / stop as well as a ‘D-click switch’ that allows step-less aperture control during video capture.
Reasonably compact and lightweight for a 50mm f / 1.2 lens, Sony still feels quite heavy in a mirrorless alpha body. Still, the handling is elegant and the autofocus is extremely fast and reliably accurate. The quality of the image combines incredible sharpness with a completely imaginative, beautiful bokeh. The build quality is excellent and although the lens is undeniably expensive, it is still great as the price. If you want a super-fast standard prime for your Sony camera, no need to look anymore.
The new Sony FE50mm F1.2GM lens will be shipped in May 2021 for an estimated retail price of 2, 1,999 – for US 2, 2,199 and estimated retail prices from সি 2,599 – $ 2,899 CAD. The new FE interchangeable lenses will be sold to various Sony-approved dealers across North America.