If the Zeiss Otus can be described as superb quality at a superb price, Samyang (known as Rokinon in the US) can be described as Good quality at a good price. This a reason that many choose those lenses as go to lenses when starting out and looking for decent quality primes and wide angles.
Today, Samyang announced the addition of a new lens to their arsenal: The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS. This is an Uber wide lens, with a 180˚ field of view on a full frame sensor and a 118˚-124.6˚on APS-C.
Wideness don’t come cheap though, the lens weighs about half a kilo. A full 180˚ field of view can yield some interesting creative options, I think it would be interesting to see this lens used by night sky shooters. (which I assume are the primary market for this lens).
Unlike some of Samyang/Rokinon announcement from earlier this year, this lens will be available for almost all the camera systems in the market including: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax PK ,Sony alpha, Sony E, Canon M, Fuji X, Samsung NX, 4/3 and 4/3MTF.
Here are the full specs for the lens:
Samyang should start selling this lens in November and pricing is not available yet.