with the release of new Sony NEX-5T, which is planned to 29th of August, there is a plan to release new Quality Standard Zoom SEL-1670Z. It is told to have a constant maximum aperture at f4.0 and focal length range from 16mm to 70mm. The price is expected at about 1000$.
What do You think about idea of compact and quite dark standard zoom, which focal length has been extend from 16mm to 70mm? It is told to deliver better performance than Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3.5-4.5/16-80 ZA (SAL-1680Z). We will see soon if it isn't only marketing truth for every new product.
Currently I like my Vario-Pancolar 2.7-3.5/35-70 better than my Vario-Sonnar 3.5-4.5/16-80 ZA. So even zoom lenses' light is still important for me I believe. Other way Vario-Pancolar was constructed as exceptional, high quality lens (in 80ths) in contrary to 2nd, most economical product in ZA lens line.
Best regards, WZ.