Can good NEX pancakes be made?

Started Jul 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Tapper123
Tapper123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,540
Can good NEX pancakes be made?

OK, I don't know all the technical details involved in such a question, but based upon things I've read:

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the SEL16f2.8 is commonly reviewed as a fairly poor lens

-- it's apparently harder to design lenses for NEX because of "registration distance" (I do not fully understand the jargon)

Is there a technical reason why really good, small pancake lenses can't be made for NEX? Is the SEL16f2.8 "bad" just because they didn't try hard enough, or is that the best they can do?

As most of you probably already know, it's currently almost impossible to buy the SEL16f2.8 new. Seems to be only available as a refurb/used (and I also think the lens is too expensive based upon reviews; should be maybe $150 IMO). Hopefully this means better pancakes are coming, and it can't happen fast enough. But I just want to know if it's reasonable to expect them to be better, faster and still small and light?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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