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Sony FE 50 mm f/2.5 G

Sony FE 50 mm f/2.5 G
29 March 2021
Maciej Latałło

1. Introduction

March 2021 has seen a real Sony offensive when it comes to new lenses. First, they released a new fast standard, the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM, one week later adding three compact G series lenses, with 24, 40, and 50 mm focal lengths, to their line-up; among them the device with the widest angle of view is as fast as f/2.8 and these with longer focal lengths feature f/2.5 apertures.

Sony FE 50 mm f/2.5 G - Introduction

All these lenses share some features:small but sturdy barrels, the same filter size, and the XD autofocus mechanism, based on two motors. Despite moderate sizes their casings have a lot of switches and rings that enhance their functionality.

In the introduction to the test of the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM we mentioned the fact that Sony haven't been idle when it comes to launches of standard lenses – at that time their line-up featured as many as five of them. The current launch increases that group to six instruments and their properties are being compared in the following chart. As you see, we are truly spoiled for choice.


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Now we are curious how the new model will compare to other system standard lenses, not only these produced by Sony. We hope that the following chapters will answer that question – enjoy your reading!

We would like to thank Sony for delivering us the final specimen of the tested lens even before its official launch – that move allowed us to test it very quickly.

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Sony FE 50 mm f/2.5 G - Introduction

Sony FE 50 mm f/2.5 G - Introduction