Sony Corp. issued an apology on March 2nd to its customers for not being able to deliver adequate supplies of the Zeiss 24mm ƒ/1.8 ZA Sonnar T* E lens introduced with the new NEX 7. According to Google Translate, which speaks Japanese far better than I do, the press release was subheaded "Apology and Notice of shortage of supply," and says the $999 lens "received orders far exceeded our expectations since its launch, making it production status can not keep up with the request. Customers are deeply apologize that you get time to deliver."
The words may be a bit garbled, but the meaning is clear.
(Thanks to John Hogg)
UPDATE: I should have checked. The lens is in stock at B&H Photo. Thanks to Mike in the Comments for pointing this out. (Sheesh. You'd think after seven years of doing this, I'd be getting better at it by now.)
UPDATE #2: ...And now they're gone.
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