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Essentially I agree; and i think it's fantastic that lenses like this are available. Like many, it wasn't that many years ago that a GM or even a Batis would have been way out of my budget, and this lens would have seemed expensive but worth it and a real relief.
But that doesn't mean comparisons aren't useful, especially to the Batis. I'm sure there are some of us who could afford a Batis, but it's be a slight stretch that they need to be sure is or isn't worth it. And others who could afford it easily, but who nevertheless...Show more →
David, even though my prior post was in reply to yours, I was hoping you didn't take it as a 'rebuttal' as I was in agreement with you having pointed out that the Batis is, in fact, unsurprisingly better - given the engineers had a larger budget to work within.
However, "better" and "worthwhile" are two totally separate discussions. The first being empirical, the second being personal. My guess would be that 70% of people won't recognize the difference given their typical intended output (1000px screenshot) and similar to not needing 42MP, would be better off putting the money towards their kids college fund, etc.
And to be clear, I'm not taking anything away from the new Sony lens; rather, I think it's great that they're releasing quality gear at prices that I think are actually 'sane'. I think an a72 with 28 / 50 / 85 from this series of lenses would be an awesome kit.