Did anyone note the price on this gem? B&H is taking pre-orders for $1250 at the moment. That’s such an attractive price, it’s bordering on incredible really.
These days it seems we can’t get a good lens from Nikon without a price tag over $2K. It’s the new default price for quality. Yet here is a German-designed T*-coated lens for half the price of the Nikkor 24mm.
Hey Carl Zeiss : Can we get this with a ZF mount please? Pretty PLEASE?
(Also, can we get MTF charts for these guys? Is there some hideous fact that is being hidden? I have to wonder in absence of data.)
EDIT (10 minutes later): I have found the charts!
That's very 'ok' performance. Definitely the APS-C portion of the frame is very good starting from wide-open aperture. On full-frame I'm worried about the power-dive that all constrast figures take towards the corners, even the coarse 10lppm figure is bad. Beyond this there is a bit of astigmatism that never goes away at small apertures and the corners won't live up to expectations for resolution-hungry shooters on full-frame at any aperture (though 20lppm figures are good enough that photographic quality will impress most viewers even there).
I would definitely want to try one on the F mount. I do worry about that corner contrast on full-frame... I expected better, but Sony appears not to value full-frame as much as others.
Final EDIT (1 hour later)
Having stared at this data a bit longer, I still think this is an aggressive price and would relish the opportunity to see the lens with an F mount. However it is not as much of a bargain as I originally thought. The wide-open performance appears comparable or slightly worse than the 24mm Nikkor also wide-open, i.e. it is lagging the Nikkor by a solid stop of aperture in performance. This makes some sense given how much simpler the optical design is and I think that fits Sony's marketing needs well: upsell to APS-C users with the promise of FF coverage (but not the most substantive FF coverage).