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Thanks for the input, freaklikeme. The combo Distagon 35/2.8 + SB ( = 25/2) seems a very well balanced choice in terms of size, quality and price. I have problems finding a MM version, though. Most units sold on eBay or elsewhere are AE ( which, unfortunately in my case, can't be "leitaxed" to Nikon).
Yeah, it's tough lens to find. Worth the search, though, from what I've seen.
Another good one seems to be the Elmarit 35 v2, but I can't help wondering about the Vario Sonnar 35-70/3.4. Any specific reason for that the SB design shouldn't perform OK. with zooms. ?.. 35-70/3.4 isn't a very challenging focal range.
My chief complaints with the VE were in comparison to use on an a900 or a99, in that the SB turned a parfocal lens (or very close to parfocal, at least) into a varifocal and that it exaggerated the lens' issues, particularly at the wide end, to a degree where it no longer became worth shooting to me. On the full-frame cameras, I could focus and then recompose with the zoom without having to refocus. This got very fiddly on the SB and NEX, with focusing, zooming, adjusting focus, adjusting the zoom, and on like that. The VE has a slight amount of distortion at the wide end (IIRC, the same as the VS) that the SB exaggerated. While the VE is a decently corrected lens, the small issues it has with colors (fringing, slight amount of transverse CA in the corners) were also exaggerated. And I had to pick the focal length at which I wanted to hit inifinity and adjust the SB for that, since a single adjustment didn't cover the entire zoom range (not such a big deal at 70mm, but, on the a99, I'll use anything between 35 and 50 for infinity without issue).
Like I said, I don't know if any of that will be true for the VS as I have no experience with it on the SB, but I do suspect the SB will show consistently stronger results with primes.