Testing the Sony Alpha 1 and 50mm f/1.2 GM for 8K Video and Stills

Sony's latest flagship hybrid mirrorless system aims to rival Canon's with its video functionality. If you then pair it with one of Sony's best lenses, what sort of results will you see?

The last year or so has had photography website headlines dominated by the rise of 8K. Mirrorless stills-centric cameras with video functionality have seen their stock as video cameras rise significantly, making them desirable for the many photographers who also double up as videographers. The Canon R5 was a sizable step for the camera industry and represented the demand for hybrid cameras that can produce the highest quality in both sectors. Sony, who had been dominating the mirrorless camera scene for some years, had to react.

The Sony Alpha 1 is a powerful, full frame body, with a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor, up to 30 fps shooting, and incredible video specs; 8K 30p or 4k 120p, 16-bit raw video output with S-Cinetone. This is some serious kit, but comes at a serious price: $6,498 for the body only. That's eye-watering for damn near every photographer, but buying cameras at the spec pinnacle typically does mean you'll be paying a premium. If your pockets run deeper still, you could pair it with a $1,998 lens too.

The Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM is one of the leading G-Master lenses in Sony's lineup, with hordes of fans. Sadly, the quality of G-Master lenses usually comes at a cost too, and this is no different. The pairing of the 50mm f/1.2 and the Alpha 1 is a dream for most that is unlikely to be realized, but it's fun to see what the best part of $10,000 for one full frame camera and lens can produce. Sony lent YouTuber and photographer, Dunna Did It, this combo and in this video, he shows you what you can expect from it.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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