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Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM Review Rundown

Sony Electronics | Published on 06 Jun 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sony 50mm F1.2 GM
  • Excellent sharpness
  • F1.2 aperture
  • Excellent contrast
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very low chromatic aberrations
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM is arguably the best 50mm for Sony E mount. Speaking of image quality, Sony boasts edge-to-edge sharpness and superior flare resistance, thanks to the employment of XA (extreme aspherical) elements and Nano AR Coating II. The lens's 11-blade rounded aperture and f/1.2 aperture further guarantee smooth bokeh.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
The Sony 50 F1.2 GM is aiming at being the best 50mm for Sony E mount. It is not replacing the Zeiss lens (1500 euros) but comes on top of it with a 40% price premium.
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Pros[**]
  • F1.2 aperture
  • Excellent contrast
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very good bokeh
  • Fast AF
Cons[**]
  • Very low chromatic aberrations
  • Poor contrast ratio

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM is the first ultra-bright aperture lens from the company. It's part of the G Master series, Sony's top tier of lenses. Sony's full-frame line includes 5-axis IBIS, so any lens enjoys some steadying. Resolution reaches outstanding levels when stopped down just a little bit.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Ultra-bright f/1.2 aperture
  • Dust and splash protection
  • 4.3 by 3.4 inches (HD)
Cons[**]
  • Omits fluorine and fluorine protection
  • Pincushion distortion

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 is the fastest E-mount lens currently available. The lens uses three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements that apparently help produce sharp images throughout the aperture range. Other notable features include a circular 11-blade aperture, which helps to produce stunning bokeh with circular highlights. The only criticism here is the vignetting when shooting wide open, but this disappears completely by f/2.8.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superfast f/1.2 maximum aperture
  • Incredible bokeh
  • Dust and water-resistance
Cons[**]
  • Vignetting when shooting wide open

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony 50mm F1.2 GM. Sonyalpha. 2021-05-28. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  2. 2. ^ Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM Review. Pcmag. 2021-05-03. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  3. 3. ^ Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM review. Techradar. 2021-03-28. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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