sony 50mm f.14 GM lens announcement

Sony 50mm f/1.4 GM Announced

This morning, just a week after the announcement of Sigma’s new 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens for E-mount, Sony announced their own 50mm f/1.4 G-master lens. This lens will fill the gap between Sony’s 50mm f/1.2 and f/1.8 lenses which are excellent but expensive and mediocre and affordable, respectively. The new lens carries the G-Master badge, so we can expect first-rate resolution and autofocus performance, yet the lens remains relatively lightweight and compact. Of course, Sony claims that it has beautiful bokeh as well.

Let’s take a look at how it compares to the newly announced Sigma Lens.

Sony 50mm f/1.4 GM Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART
Elements 14 (2 XA, 1 ED) 14 (3 Aspherical, 1 SD)
AF Motor XD Linear Motors HLA Linear Motor
Weight 516g 670g
Filter Size 67mm 72mm
Min. Focus .41m .45m
Man. Aperture Ring Yes, De-click Yes, De-click
Dust/Moist. Seal Yes Yes
Price $1299 $849

As I write this, I’m on a flight to Tokyo to visit Yokahama’s CP+ Expo, so with any luck I’ll be able to get some hands on experience with both of these models in the next couple of days. I’ll let you know what I think when I get the chance.

In the USA, the new Sony lens will begin shipping around May 17th, at a cost of $1299. It can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo, among others.

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