Tokina announced an AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX compact super wide zoom lens.
I mean ... now that is awesome! How in the heck did I miss hearing about that? Oh yeah, now I remember ... they don't make a SONY-mount, yet!
They say November may be OUR month with Tokina, but that remains to be seen.
"The AT-X 16.5-135 DX’s optical design benefits from the latest advances in the industry. Three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and 2 compound elements yield high contrast. Additionally two Super-low Dispersion (SD) glass elements correct chromatic aberration.
The AT-X 16.5-135 DX has a newly designed high-precision mechanical zoom cam system minimizes play and eliminates zoom creep"
Focal Length: 16.5 - 135mm
Maximum Aperture: F/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture: F/22
Construction: 15 element in 9 groups.
Coatings: Multi-layer coating
Angle of View: 81° - 12°
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7 in. (0.5m)
Focusing system: Internal focusing
Macro Ratio: 1:5.43
No. Aperture blades: 9
Filter Size: ø77mm
Lens diameter: 3.46 in. (84mm)
Total length 3.1 in. (78mm)
Weight:: 21.5oz. (610g)
Accessories: Star bayonet hood (BH777)
Now, this, my friends, would be an awesome KIT or walk-around lens, par excellent!