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I don't know, this pancake lens makes perfect sense to me. I use the Sigma 19/2.8 as my casual snap-shot lens: I've found it the perfect focal length, and for casual shooting, f2.8 is fine with the NEX-5N's high ISO capabilities, even indoors. If the lens was even smaller, like this one, you can pretty much take that camera anywhere. I won't buy it, since I already have the Sigma, but if Sony sells this lens as a kit with the NEX-5R, I'm pretty sure it would be their most popular option.
Fuji's 35 does look quite good, but I've been...Show more →
Some want 20mm, some want 30, some want 18, some want 16mm, I don't argue this lens might make perfect sense to you. But Majority Hobbyist want fast 35 or 50 FF equivalent glass for a system to be complete.
Once they have 23(35), 35(50), 56(85) f1.4, they can introduce whatever they want. It is all about priority.
As for f1.8 lens, I agree it is good. With more experienced photographer, f1.8 and f1.4 difference may not that big, but 1.8 always be lower end design compare f1.4 counterpart in any system. Extra speed always welcome, not only for light gather, but also DOF control.