Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

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UBrot Regular Member • Posts: 126
Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

Hi,

I'm looking for a budget ultra wide angle lens in the 15 to 20mm range. I like the effect but can't really justify shelling out lots of money for one. If it might be good for astro, that would be a nice bonus, as would be light weight and compactness. MF is OK, although AF would be prefered.

Top contender is the Samyang 18 f2.8. Don't know about it's Astro capabilities, though.

Then there's the Tamron 20mm. It's a bit large, but I do like it's pseudo-Macro.

And that's that? Nothing like the Samyang 12 f2 for APS-C? Not even chinese lenses? Am I missing something?

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moficera Contributing Member • Posts: 557
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

UBrot wrote:

Top contender is the Samyang 18 f2.8. Don't know about it's Astro capabilities, though.

…Nothing like the Samyang 12 f2 for APS-C?…

The 18 mm 2.8 for ff IS the 12mm 2.0 for APS-C, it is the directly equivalent.

You can take a look at this article and maybe find a used copy a one of the mentioned lenses.

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OP UBrot Regular Member • Posts: 126
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

moficera wrote:

The 18 mm 2.8 for ff IS the 12mm 2.0 for APS-C, it is the directly equivalent.

Yes, I know, but at nearly twice the price...

You can take a look at this article and maybe find a used copy a one of the mentioned lenses.

I'll have a look.

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QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 4,637
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

The Tamron 20mm has less coma than the Samyang 18mm. The Samyang 18mm on full-frame  is better than their 12mm on APS-C. Those are the best options as far as I am aware.

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MOD Labe Forum Pro • Posts: 12,081
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

There’s the samyang 14mm T3.1 video lens , same price as 18mm f2 but it’s manual focus

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Mike Evangelist
Mike Evangelist Contributing Member • Posts: 602
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

UBrot wrote:

Top contender is the Samyang 18 f2.8.

Very capable little lens for a remarkable price. (I got mine for $270 via Greentoe.)

More than happy with the results.

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Nusratty Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Budget Ultra wide angles (sub 400 EUR, about 18mm)

The Sammy 18mm 2.8 is a great lens stopped down a bit. At the edges it is a bit soft at 2.8 and the vignetting and coma are quite strong at 2.8 as well. For these reasons I dont use it for astro. It does get used for landscape and architecture though and it is great for that. I also own the Sammy 20/1.8 manual focus lens which I much prefer for astro work.

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