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But worry not, Sony fans. Rumors are circulating that the next batch of lenses to be announced will include some compact zooms for the low end, and,*drool*, some high-quality primes for the high-end. This makes perfect sense since zooms for the APS-C sized sensor have to be enormous. If they use primes, they can keep the size down and thus avoid the silly situation we currently have with the NEX-5n, one of the smallest cameras on the market, being paired with the 18-200mm, which is exactly as big as one would expect an APS-C 18-200mm lens to be.
The lens system for such a small camera doesn't need to be huge. A couple of wide-angles, a couple of standard, and a couple of portrait lenses. There's no need to exceed 150mm-equivalent since the size advantage is completely wiped out by lenses that large. The pros and enthusiasts have embraced the NEX line in a big way, so do it like Leica — give them some sharp glass, and some super-fast glass. The casual users will be fine with their zooms.
Sony is also going to announce, some time soon, a prosumer-level NEX camera. I'm assuming what we will see is a weather-sealed NEX-7, possibly a bit larger to accomodate better processing and more memory as well. It's really the only direction left to go, and I think that it's a pretty good direction indeed. With a viable NEX system, a rejuvenated Micro 4/3, and The X Pro system rising to prominence, Holiday 2012 may be one of the most exciting times in photographic history.
Here's hoping that this is the beginning of a shift in the camera market, where the dominance of Cankon finally comes crashing down.