Sony FE lens roadmap - which would you pick?

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Sony FE lens roadmap - which would you pick?
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According to Thom Hogan (http://www.sansmirror.com/lenses/lens-database/sony-nex-lenses/ ), this is the breakout of the 15 Sony FE lenses to be available by (the end of) 2015:

  • FE35Z ---- 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss (2013)
  • FE55Z ----- 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss (2013)
  • FE2870 ---- 28-70mm OSS (2013)
  • FE2470Z --- 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss (2013)
  • FE70200Z --70-200mm f/4 G OSS (2014)
  • FE1635Z -- 16-35mm f/4 Zeiss OSS (2014) (announced May 1, 2014)
  • FE85Z ----- 85mm f/1.8 Zeiss OSS (2014)
  • FE100G ----100mm f/2.8 Macro G (2014)
  • FE35Z/1.4 - 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss (2014)
  • FE24Z ---- 24mm f/2 Zeiss (2014)
  • FE28135G - 28-135mm f/4 G OSS (2015) (announced May 1, 2014)
  • FE135Z --- 135mm f/2 Zeiss (2015)
  • FE21Z ----- 21mm f/2.8 Zeiss (2015)
  • FE35G - 35mm f/2 G OSS (2015) --- (OSS is for Video? - FE G lenses have video in mind)
  • FE50Z ----- 50mm f/1.2 Zeiss (2015)

Although I find the roadmap comprehensible, there seem to be odd choices.

Assuming Thom is (mostly) correct, then sorted by focal length we will have these lenses:

Primes:

  1. FE21Z
  2. FE24Z
  3. FE35Z, FE35Z/1.4, FE35G
  4. FE50Z
  5. FE55Z
  6. FE85Z
  7. FE100MG
  8. FE135Z

Zooms:

  1. FE1635Z
  2. FE2470Z
  3. FE2870
  4. FE28135G
  5. FE70200Z

Given this list, which would be your set of no more than 4(!) FE lenses?

I would pick, on the A7:

  • FE1635Z
  • FE35Z
  • FE2870
  • FE85Z

and keep an eye out for the FE135Z.

How about you?

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Cheers,
Henry

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