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What makes a "classic" lens? The Sony FE 55MM F1.8

Can older lenses stay relevant?  That's what SLRLounge asked about the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 - or as they put it "Is the three year-old 55mm f/1.8, the one-time darling of Sony fanboys-and-girls, still a relevant lens in Sony’s maturing FE lens lineup, and worth getting?"

Their answer?

"... it delivers on the original promise of the full frame mirrorless system - that it is smaller and lighter than a comparable DSLR rig, while delivering equivalent (or superior) image quality - and you have a lens that is more than simply relevant, you have a classic ... Highly Recommend"