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Re: "Quite what Nikon and Canon will come up with when they finally decide to enter the mirrorless market is anyone's guess."
Nikon is announcing its CX mount mirrorless system (2.7x crop, 12.8 x 9.6mm sensor) in a manner of days.
What sony really needs with the NEX are smaller lenses, though (see Samsung NX 20-50/3.5-5.6 and the new Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6 X lenses) and more fast compact primes. Many more.
You would classify the 16mm as a "handy portrait lens"? Really?!
Hi Metalex. Yes, on reflection that was a bit of a misleading statement from me, so thanks for pointing it out. Personally I quite like shooting portraits with wideangle lenses (my Chaplin impersonator portrait in the sample images gallery was taken with the 16mm) although I'm happy to concede that not everyone does. I also appreciate that traditionalists would define the ideal 'portrait lens' as something closer to the 80mm mark (in 35mm terms) than the 24mm offered here. A 16mm f/2.8 lens like this is, of course, much more commonly associated with street photography and low-light reportage. Hope that clears things up.
Hi Voldenuit. I've seen the 2.7x crop factor mentioned on various Nikon rumour sites too and while they could well be correct, let's just wait and see shall we...
Agree totally with regards to the need for smaller lenses. The 16mm f/2.8 feels just right on the NEX-C3 (in the same way that the 20mm pancake lens feels just right on the Lumix GF3), whereas the 18-55mm makes the overall package a little lens-heavy. And yes, more fast primes please too.
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