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I guess there is a specific preferences at work here. FMers overwhelmingly use lenses in the 28-85 range, especially 35-58, and focus more on specific rendering characteristics. There are some SWA users as well, and they will have trouble finding compact wides for their A7/A7R cameras. There is some limited hope for a few lenses, but putting together a small, yet complete and flexible kit with consistent rendering (read: system, as opposed to several individual character-lenses) remains a challenge for now.
Putting a complete kit together right now is a challenge, but it shouldn't be that hard in 6 months. It is even possible to put together an excellent and flexible kit right now, but it would cost mega bucks. It would look something like:
SWA: Leica M WATE (covers 16 to 21mm at f/4)
WA: Sony/Zeiss E-mount 35 f/2.8 for landscapes and small size, Voigtlander M 35 f/1.2 for speed; Leica M 35 f/1.4 FLE for all around performance
Normal: Sony/Zeiss E-mount 55 f/1.8 for landscapes and small size; Canon nFD 50L f/1.2 for speed; Leica M 50 f/2 AA for all around performance
Short Tele: Leica M 90 f/2.5 for landscapes and small size, Leica M 75 f/1.4 or Canon nFD 85L f/1.2 for speed, Leica M 90 f/2 AA for all around performance
Tele: at 135mm there is the Leica M 135 f/3.4 APO, at 180-200 there are many SLR lenses for this system probably the best would be Leica R 180 f/2.8 APO, but if you do most distance shooting the Leica R 180 f/3.4 APO would be great too, and if you want small size there is the Voigtlander 180 f/4 APO which is quite nice as well. At almost 300 there is the Leica R 280 f/4 APO and you don't get much better than that, and at 400 there is the Minolta Rokkor 400 f/5.6 APO which is excellent.
So that would cover 16 to 400 all with excellent lenses and I have seen enough that I believe all of these would work very well. There is a bit of a gap between 21 and 35 in which it is unclear what will work well, but it is clear that the Leica R 28 f/2.8 v2, although not fast nor small will work well with the camera. So a system (and actually several kinds of systems) now is quite possible, but very very expensive.
An affordable system will be possible in about 6 months when the Sony/Zeiss WA zoom and short tele is available.
It would look something like:
SWA: Sony/Zeiss 16-28 f/4 (my guess, it is announced but not the specifics)
WA: Sony/Zeiss 35 f/2.8
Normal: Sony/Zeiss 55 f/1.8
Short Tele: Sony/Zeiss 85 f/1.8 (it has been announced and I think the specifics as well)
Longer Tele: Voigtlander 180 f/4 APO
Supplement this with some fast glass like the VM 35 f/1.2, the Canon nFD 50L f/1.2, the Minolta Rokkor 58 f1/.2, the Canon nFD 85L f/1.2 and you could have a very good and reasonably affordable system.
Edited on Nov 29, 2013 at 03:26 PM · View previous versions