I'm not saying anything that hasn't been said before (and maybe I shouldn't be saying it then)...but there is a place for lenses with character (ie: often due to optical aberrations, intentionally or unintentionally incorporated into its design) and lenses that strive for technical perfection in terms of pure performance. Where the former may be more attractive to use with certain types of portraiture or possibly street work, the latter may be more applicable for landscape, interior and other forms of imagery. Of course the deliniation as to where each should be used is often quite subjective.
As Ben alluded to, there are different tools for drawing an image, whether it's a painter or a photographer. I don't see a lens with aberrations and a certain look "a crutch" that helps a photographer's who might otherwise been unable to convey impact to a image with a technically perfect lens, now able to do so with a lens with character. On the contrary, it often makes matters worse. especially if this lens with character is used inappropriately. On the other hand, such lenses most definitely have their place in my opinion as do technically proficient lenses. Its simply choosing the right tool for the right job or in this case, the intended look or lack thereof thats desired.
I'm intrigued by the Sony FE 55 and 35mm lenses and what they bring to the table. The 55 mm may not be everyone's up of tea and /or the 35mm, but they're impressive and luckily there are also so many choices in optics to bolt to the A7(r). I watch this all unfold with great interest as well as future lens releases by Sony.
Martin, strikingly impressive images and love the last one for a variety of reasons. Nicely done!