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    G Lens a pancake?

    Nice if true, it would mean that perhaps Sony does listen once in a great while.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    I'm actually pretty disappointed. I don't have a Nex 7 yet, I was waiting for a few more lenses, particularly the G zoom and the fast normal lens that are both suppose to come this year.

    I was hoping the G zoom would be something similar to the Alpha 16-80 (not too big but not tiny, not too slow and at least 60mm on the long end) and instead we get a lens that isn't long enough and is very slow. I would like a pancake lens, but would prefer something like a 30 f/2.0 (or even f/2.8 if necessary to keep the quality up and size small) prime, not a zoom that is too slow and larger than the 30mm prime would be anyway.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    What about the spectacular and dirt-cheap Sigma 30/2.8? Everyone seems happy with that; I know I am. I am not a fan of zooms, but would buy this one, and team it with the 50/1.8.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by kit laughlin View Post
    What about the spectacular and dirt-cheap Sigma 30/2.8? Everyone seems happy with that; I know I am. I am not a fan of zooms, but would buy this one, and team it with the 50/1.8.
    +1. It may not be built like a rock, but the Sigma 30 is so good optically that I'll probably debate whether to even buy the Sony 35/1.8, whenever it arrives. Granted, it'll likely only be a few hundred bucks, so I'm sure I'll eventually own both of them.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    The G-pancake zoom may not be everyone's cup of tea, but provided that it is optically good quality and not in the Zeiss 24mm price bracket, I can see it being popular, especially if it is black.

    I wish that Sony was more like Olympus in the approach they have to nice looking, top quality lenses for the 4/3rds line ... but they're not. Funnily enough, I don't mind their silver lenses as they look the part. Now how about that nice 75mm 1.8?

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    I don't believe that with one lens they'll be fulfilling three spots on the roadmap - Standard Zoom, G Standard Zoom, and Pancake. And people also seem to be expecting/hoping it's under $500.

    A 16-50 with better quality than the kit, in a compact power-zoom package, with OSS? And not expensive?

    Who knows.

    But I'm guessing that either parts of the rumor are false, or there will be more than one new lens announced.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by alphaman View Post
    The G-pancake zoom may not be everyone's cup of tea, but provided that it is optically good quality and not in the Zeiss 24mm price bracket, I can see it being popular, especially if it is black.

    I wish that Sony was more like Olympus in the approach they have to nice looking, top quality lenses for the 4/3rds line ... but they're not. Funnily enough, I don't mind their silver lenses as they look the part. Now how about that nice 75mm 1.8?
    Correct me if I am wrong but the G pancake zoom having good "optical" output due to alot of software correction in both the panny and olympus. Ultimately there has to be a sacrifice when making a zoom lens that small. I suspect pannys way is to correct for barrel/pincushion, ca and vignetting all software, so what you see is an amazing result similar to ED glass found in nikon and L series Canons but in a fraction of the size. So in that case can we really say the G series pancake zoom is optically good, or rather clever pancake design and clever software.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    This sounds like a great and obvious direction. I think they will sell a ton if the quality is there and the price is reasonable. This would finally make the Nex 7 a walk around pocketable-ish camera with an autofocus. Should become the kit lens. I have been using mine happily with a 35 Summicron but there are times I want autofocus. Exciting news!

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Don't forget that this information has come from a well known rumor site and may well prove to completely fictitious. Time alone will tell...

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    True, but it was rated an SR5 or almost certainly correct so odds are very good. Hopefully it is good, compact and affordable.

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe S View Post
    True, but it was rated an SR5 or almost certainly correct so odds are very good. Hopefully it is good, compact and affordable.
    Amen to that!

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe S View Post
    True, but it was rated an SR5 or almost certainly correct so odds are very good. Hopefully it is good, compact and affordable.
    Pick any two…

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bimjo View Post
    Pick any two…
    I have to go with good and compact...but hoping for affordable!

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    Re: G Lens a pancake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe S View Post
    I have to go with good and compact...but hoping for affordable!
    As we all are.

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