Sony has announced the FE 50mm F1.4 GM lens, providing a slightly more affordable alternative to its 50mm F1.2 GM (B&H).
As with many of Sony’s more recent lenses, this lens has been designed for shooting both stills and video. The aperture ring is clickable but it can also be de-clicked for a smoother transition for video work.
The new lens features a pair of XD linear focus motors that drive the focus that Sony claims is 1.9x faster than the older Sony/Zeiss 50mm F1.4.
The 50mm F1.4 GM lens is constructed of 14 elements in 11 groups, including two ‘extreme aspherical’ elements and one extra-low dispersion (ED) element.
It features an 11 rounded-blade diaphragm and has a minimum focussing distance of just 0.38m (15″) when in manual focus and a maximum magnification of 0.18x.
The 50mm F1.4 measures 81 mm (3.19″) in diameter, 96 mm (3.78″) in length, and weighs in at 516g (18.2oz).
The lens should be available from late April or early May 2023 for a recommended retail price of $1299 in the US, £1,499.00 in the UK or €1,700 in Europe.
If you are thinking about buying this lens then here’s a collection of early reviews worth watching.
Tony & Chelsea Northrup
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm Full-frame|
|Image stabilization||No (relies on camera IBIS)|
|Lens mount||Sony FE|
|Number of diaphragm blades||11|
|Minimum focus||0.38m (15″)|
|Motor type||XD linear|
|Diameter||81 mm (3.19″)|
|Length||96 mm (3.78″)|
A sample gallery can be found over at DPReview and further details can also be found on Sony’s website.
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