As a lifelong Canon fan, I made the switch to Sony with some trepidation. Luckily, I’ve never looked back. Today the company announced a new 50mm lens that looks especially juicy, the 50mm F1.4 G Master. The lens will over solid bokeh in a Sony-branded package that is specially tuned to their excellent sensors.
From the release:
The advanced optical design and elements unique to Sony’s top-of-the-line G Master series brings outstanding image quality to the 50mm F1.4 G Master. Spherical aberration control at both the design and the manufacturing stages contributes to beautiful bokeh. The lens offers naturally rendered bokeh with an 11-blade circular aperture and sharp realism is offered throughout maximum aperture range. Deep, creamy bokeh at F1.4 is ideal for a variety of shooting scenarios including making portrait subjects stand out from their surroundings.
The 50mm F1.4 G Master is packed with two XA (extreme aspherical) elements that effectively correct field curvature and most types of aberration. This lens is also designed with one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element that suppresses chromatic aberration to maintain clear and sharp images without color bleeding. The design combination of the XA and ED elements help achieve high-resolution throughout the entire frame. Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II on the lens suppresses reflections even in a backlit scene.
Now for the bad news: prime lenses, especially from the camera manufacturer, are rarely inexpensive and this guy, available in May 2023, is $1299.99.
The lens is compact for such a full-aperture prime and surprisngly light. You can check out the specs on the product page as they become available.