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+$3K Sony 50mm f1.2 GM lens

Sony has announced the May-availability of its premium FE 50mm f1.2 GM fast prime lens, along with a rather dear SRP of $3400.

This is Sony’s 60th E-mount lens, and the press release doesn’t hold back in the introductory paragraph to squeeze in all the necessary buzzwords. For instance, this 50mm f1.2 delivers ‘excellent resolution’, and ‘dramatic bokeh’ with ‘impressive shallow depth of field for maximum creative expression with incredible light gathering capabilities’. Not to mention the ‘industry-leading AF’, and ‘professional control’, all in a ‘compact and lightweight design’.

The high resolution, maintained across the entire frame when fully opened, is achieved using three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements. The new lens also features Nano AR Coating II, as well as an 11-blade circular aperture unit, to minimise internal reflections and suppress flare and ghosting.

The shallow depth-of-field is achieved thanks to four XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors, which also provide precise and quiet AF and tracking.

The lens has a floating focus mechanism, controlled by a dedicated lens drive algorithm, to also achieve high resolution over the entire focus range, with a minimum focus distance of 0.4m.

It weighs 778 grams, with a ‘surprising compact’ shape at φb87 x 108mm.

Other features include:
– Linear Response MF (Manual Focus);
– Aperture ring with a click on/off switch;
– Focus mode switch;
– Two customisable focus hold buttons;
– Dust and moisture resistant design, including fluorine front element coating.

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