In the past few days, I have been searching for a cheap wide-angle lens on the net. Among the ones that I'm interested in are and my take on them ;
1. Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 (picture above)
+ Small and compact
+ works well with filters
+ superb MF feel
+ good build quality
- The most expensive among the three I'm looking at
- Unpredictable behaviour at different apertures - from the reviews I've seen
2. Nikon 24mm f/2.8
+ Great price, in between the Voigtlander and Samyang
+ Small (not as small as the Voigtlander)
+ f/2.8 versus f/3.5 on the Voigtlander
- Cheap build quality
- MF feel not the greatest
3. Samyang 14mm f/2.8
+ Widest AND cheapest of the three.
+ Superb resolution
+ Good build quality
- Not sure if 14mm is that practical
- No place to attach filters
- easily to damage front element
I think I'm opting for the Voigtlander. The MF feel is similar to Zeiss but not quite. The smaller maximum aperture doesn't bother me. Since I'll be using it for landscapes, I'll use smaller apertures anyway.
Anyway, we'll see how things progress and I hope that I get my salary soon before my trip to Cameron Highlands in early February. Fascinating times ahead for me!
On another note, lookie what I found in facebook! This young Swiss boy is trying to organize an Earth Hour in his country. I've been lucky enough to be in Switzerland when I was a young boy and I know how beautiful that country is! So, I hope you folks can be good human beings that you are, and click here that will bring you to facebook, and give him some ideas. It won't take much energy from you, just flick your mouse over to that link and type a usable idea for him to use. Hopefully, he'll find something that will be useful for his organization. And a shout-out to Earth Hour for having this event every year, I hope we'll all participate to preserve this beautiful home we share.