My NYE gig fell through, so against all odds, I wound up at a party as a participant! I regretted just doing cell phone pix the last time I went out, so this time I brought my good camera with the SEL24. My expectations were not high but I wound up getting quite a few "keeper" frames. Something about the Sony/Zeiss 24 - for situations like this, I love having the speed and I love the overall rendering. Can't think of a better way to go out than with a few more "best of year" candidate frames. 2012 has been a very momentous year for me, photographically speaking - my plan is to make 2013 even more so. Happy New Year to you all!