Tale of the Tape: Fast 50mm FE Lens Comparisons

Published: March 6, 2023

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Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM, Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM, Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA & Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lenses

How do four premium quality FAST 50mm lenses for Sony Fullframe E-mount cameras compare? Here’s a Tale of the Tape comparison between the Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM, Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM, Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA & Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lenses

Lens Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art
Price $1,298 $1,998 $1,498 $849
Dimensions (ø x L) 3.2 x 3.8″ (80.6 x 96 mm) 3.4 x 4.3″ (87 x 108 mm) 3.3 x 4.3″ (83.5 x 108 mm) 3.1 x 4.4″ (78.2 x 111.5 mm)
Weight 18.2 oz (516 g) 27.4 oz (778 g) 27.5 oz (780 g) 23.3 oz (660 g)
Filter Size 67mm (Front) 72mm (Front) 72mm (Front) 72mm (Front)
Diaphragm Blades 11, Rounded 11, Rounded 11, Rounded 11, Rounded
Minimum Focus Distance 16.1″ (41 cm) 15.7″ (40 cm) 17.7″ (45 cm) 17.7″ (45 cm)
Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups 14 Elements in 10 Groups 12 Elements in 9 Groups 14 Elements in 11 Groups
XA (extreme aspherical) elements Two Three None None
Auto Focus Type Two XD Linear Motors Four XD Linear Motors Rotational Stepping Motor Rotational Stepping Motor
Maximum Aperture f/1.4 f/1.2 f/1.4 f/1.4
Minimum Aperture f/16 f/16 f/16 f/16
Aperture Ring Yes Yes Yes Yes

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