Quote:They have a 28/2.8 and a 23/1.4 too, that didn't exactly stop them, did it?Not a valid comparison, innit? Not only they're 4mm apart (23 and 27, not 28), but they're totally different in scope and application: one is a "balls to the wall" fast prime, the other is a pancake 2 stops slower.
There is a considerable difference between 16mm and 18mm, even on aps-c.
BTW, a colleague of mine has an X-E1 (I think) with that pancake as a backup to his FF Canon system. Looks pretty neat, especially for places where whipping out a 5D Mark II and L lenses would get you kicked out / make you an attention grabber. Churns out good pictures as well.
P. S. If the focus clutch is anything like what the old Sigma / Tamron / Tokina lenses had (and I had a few of those, including a rare Tokina 17/3.5 pretty recently), it's a bad idea any way you slice it. Pretty awkward to use.