The New Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens is a Fast Prime with Stellar Resolution

Today, Sony announced an exciting and long-awaited addition to its beloved G Master family: the FE 50mm f/1.2 GM lens—a fast and sharp prime with seriously stellar results. This versatile new prime is impressively compact and lightweight, with an awe-inspiring resolution to bring those creative visions to life. The FE 50mm f/1.2 is ideal for everything from portraits and weddings to street photography and food photos, and just about every industry in between.

Before we dive into lens specifics, let’s hear what our own Sony photographers had to say about the new Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 lens.

Key Features

An exciting and lightweight addition to the G Master lineup, the FE 50mm f/1.2 GM lens is a full-frame prime that pairs dazzling bokeh with sharp, cutting-edge imagery. This lens works splendidly across stills and videos, with functionality for nearly every industry, whether it’s weddings, portraits, streetscapes, food, fashion, commercial, and just about everything in between. Highlights include:

  • F/1.2 maximum aperture for extraordinarily shallow depth of field
  • Three (XA) Extreme Aspheric elements for pristine resolution
  • 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh
  • Nano AR coating II suppresses reflections, flare, and ghosting
  • Four XD Extreme Dynamic linear motors deliver fast and precise AF
  • Linear response MF for sharp manual focus control
  • 75-inch minimum focus distance, with up to .17x magnification
  • Built for still and video creators
  • Compact and lightweight design, great for full-frame and APS-C
  • Instant auto/manual focus selection with AF/MF switch
  • Manual aperture ring with on/off clicks for stills or movies
  • Two programmable focus-hold buttons for custom functions
  • Dust and moisture resistant, with fluorine front-element coating to repel dirt and fingerprints
Sony 50mm f 1.2 for video

Awe-inspiring resolution

Sony did not skimp on resolution on its FE 50mm f/1.2 lens. This prime lens offers stunning bokeh with a wide f/1.2 aperture. Its three XA elements and Nano AR coating II deliver high-contrast and high-resolution results, with a corner-to-corner sharpness that truly can’t be beat. Add reduced chromatic and spherical aberration, flare, and ghosting, and this FE 50mm f/1.2 will be a staple in those Sony kits.

Impeccable sharpness

With its f/1.2 max aperture, this lens delivers top-notch brightness with a shallow depth of field, helping the subjects pop—with crystal-clear focusing precision—in every image. This fast aperture is great for not just shallow depth of field, but also those darker shooting scenarios, including low-light or indoor shoots, not to mention astrophotography. And, with full autofocus speed and precision, with tracking potential for the most dynamic subjects, photographers can rest assured their subjects will remain in focus no matter the scene.

A portable prime

Don’t let the strength of this lens fool you: The FE 50mm f/1.2 is impressively compact. This lens weighs just 1.715 pounds and measures around 3.4×4.25 inches. It’s also dust and moisture resistant, with built-in fluorine front-element coating to reduce dirt and fingerprint on the lens. With all of these compact and weatherproof features, it’s obvious Sony built this lens for on-the-go photographers.