Sony Electronics Inc. unveils its 60th E-mount lens, an addition to its G Master full-frame lens series, the FE 50mm F1.2 GM (model SEL50F12GM). The company says the lens’ maximum F1.2 aperture combines an impressive shallow depth of field for maximum creative expression with incredible light gathering capabilities, allowing for faster shutter speeds and lower ISO in low light settings. The new FE 50mm F1.2 GM will be available in May and for approximately $2,000.00 USD and $2,600.00 CAD.
“We’re excited to introduce our 60th E-mount lens – the FE 50mm F1.2 GM – which delivers a new level of expression and usability for still images and video as an F1.2 lens,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “We’re always listening to our customer to deliver the best imaging technology. The FE 50mm F1.2 GM, our first F1.2 lens for the α brand, was designed without compromise to meet the changing needs of today’s content creators.”
The FE 50mm F1.2 GM features the latest optics, including three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements, contributing to high resolution across the entire image and is maintained even when fully opened at F1.2. The new lens also ensures clear images in backlit scenes thanks to Sony’s Nano AR Coating II. The FE 50mm F1.2 GM creates dramatic bokeh using the newly developed 11-blade circular aperture unit and fine-tuned optical design with minimal spherical aberration.
High-performance AF and tracking at F1.2
The lens can keep subjects in sharp focus even at an extremely shallow depth-of-field with fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking thanks to the four XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors which provide high thrust efficiency, the company said. The FE 50mm F1.2 GM allows the user to focus on composition due to excellent response with minimum delay and low vibration.
The FE 50mm F1.2 GM was designed with professional content creators in mind. With convenient controls and functions such as a Linear Response MF (Manual Focus), aperture ring with a click on/off switch, focus mode switch and two customizable focus hold buttons, the FE 50mm F1.2 GM combines easy operation with professional control. The FE 50mm F1.2 GM also features a dust and moisture-resistant design and a fluorine front element coating that protects the lens from fingerprints, dust, water, oil and other contaminants.