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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master lens "100% confirmed" for 16 March

Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM

UPDATE 12/03: The Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master lens has had a few more interesting details leak recently. According to rumor website Sony Alpha Rumors, this upcoming piece of glass will have a (opens in new tab) filter size of 72mm and a close focusing distance of 0.4m. Sony Alpha Rumors also notes that the lens will be shorter than the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 (opens in new tab) (which is 3.7" long) and lighter than the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 (opens in new tab) (which weighs 330g).

There's no other exciting information available on the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master lens as of yet. However, with the announcement still expected on 16 March, it likely won't be long until we have the full specifications. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Get ready to be bowled over by bokeh, as the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master lens is going to be announced on 16 March according to the rumor mill. 

Sony is currently playing catch-up with its competitors when it comes to super-fast nifty fifties, with the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM (opens in new tab) and the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.2 S (opens in new tab) offering premium performance for Canon and Nikon mirrorless shooters. So a Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master is a gap in the lineup that needs filling. 

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Currently the manufacturer offers the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 (opens in new tab) and the Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA Planar T – both perfectly good lenses, but obviously not as fast as their rivals. However, if it's true that a G Master version is on the way, business could be about to pick up for Sony shooters who have the need for speed (and blurry backgrounds).

The lens was first leaked by Japanese insider Nokishita (opens in new tab), noting that, "The next lens that Sony will announce will be the 'FE 50mm F1.2 GM' (SEL50F12 GM)." 

Since then, there has been rampant speculation as to when the new optic would be announced – particularly since it was notably absent from both CP+ 2021 (opens in new tab) and The Photography Show (opens in new tab)

However, after suggesting three potential dates for Sony announcements, website Sony Alpha Rumors has gone on the record stating that the new lens will "100%" be revealed next week.

"Just a quick note: I saw the Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM and can therefore 100% confirm the lens will be announced on March 16," posted the site (opens in new tab). "For the record so that you know I wasn’t lying to you: Near the mount the name “50mm f/1.2 GM” name is written with two letters in yellow. Of course the lens is big and wide but not as long as I would have expected. Definitely shorter than the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 for example."

We do love a bit of fast glass, so fingers crossed that the report is correct!

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.