Sony releases light & fast FE 50mm F1.4 GM Lens

Sony has upgraded its popular all-purpose 50mm prime for a new generation of hybrid creators with the FE 50mm f/1.4 GM lens. Sony states the new lens has the highest level of optical performance from a surprisingly compact build. The lens is designed for video users as well.

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Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM key features

  • Full-Frame | f/1.4 to f/22
  • G-Master Design with Advanced Optics
  • Two XD Linear AF Motors, Internal Focus
  • Focus Hold Buttons & Iris Lock Switch
  • Physical Aperture Ring & De-Click Switch
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Nano AR II & Fluorine Coatings
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The FE 50mm f/1.4 GM replaces the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA. It’s a lighter, more compact alternative to its predecessor and Sony’s more recent FE 50mm f/1.2 GM. At 18.2 ounces, it is also five ounces lighter than the recently announced Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens for Sony E-mount. This makes it easier to use handheld or mount on a gimbal.

You can frame from up to 15 inches from subjects when manually focusing and 16 inches when using AF. The G Master lens optical design includes 14 elements, in 11 groups. This includes extra-low dispersion (ED) and two extreme aspherical (XA) elements for sharp, accurate imaging. A Nano AR coating is claimed to minimize ghosting and flare.

The lens barrel incorporates a variety of tactile controls, including two customizable focus hold buttons, a de-clickable aperture ring with an iris lock switch, and an AF/MF switch.

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The entire construction is dust and moisture-resistant, and a fluorine coating protects against water and oil. It has a 67mm front, making it swappable with other G Master lenses, including the 24mm f/1.4 GM and 35mm f/1.4 GM.

Improved Autofocus

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The autofocusing is claimed to have been improved by 1.9x speed over the former lens.

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It uses a pair of XD linear motors. Sony states the focus is fast and reliable whether shooting with the f-stop wide open or closed down. It pairs well with Sony’s advanced subject and Eye-AF modes, and can easily keep up with a moving subject when used with an a7R IV and FX3. Videographers will appreciate that the new lens does a better job of managing focus breathing.

Price & Availability

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The SONY FE 50MM F1.4 GM lens retails for $1,298.00 and it will be available for preorder from the 22nd of February, but it won’t start shipping till May.

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