Note: I posted a list for 21mm and 24mm manual focusing lenses you can buy for your A7-A7r. After long thinking and searching the one lens I will buy for the A7 is definitely the Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1,8 here on eBay or here at BHphoto. Fantastic lens! And unlike the Leica 21mm lenses close focusing distance is 0.5 meter instead of 0.7 meter.
35mm lenses: I guess street photography will be one of the main use for the A7 and A7r. This means a 35mm lens is a must have! As you know on Wednesday Sony will also launch a compact Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 prime lens. If you don’t care about the missing AF and you want a faster lens here are some options with ny thoughts based on what I saw and read on Internet:
Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II LEICA M (here on eBay / here at BHphoto):
This is one of the few lenses that even Leica purist do like. It’s sharp in the center straight from f/1.2. Bokeh is nice and it’s rare to find lenses that offer a nice bokeh at 35mm! If you need speed this is the lens you should buy! SOme greta image smaples taken on the VG900 can be seen at DChome.
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 (here on eBay / here at BHphoto):
One of the most loved lenses of the Leica community. It’s a tiny bit better than the Voigtlander but costs many times more.
Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.4 CLassic (here on eBay / here at BHphoto):
Image quality is soso and it has that “Old” Lens look (which means unsharp corners and no top image quality. The real greta thing about the lens is the size. It’s as small as it gets for a f/1.4 aperture lens.
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0 (here on eBay / here at BHphoto):
If you need a high quality compact lens this is the one for you.
Canon FD 35mm f/2.0 (here on eBay):
One of the cheapest 35mm f/2.0 you can get.
Zeiss Biogon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZM (here on eBay / here at BHphoto):
Very good quality lens. But not as small as the Nokton 1.4 and Leica 2.0.