Hey look, another "which lens" thread! ;D
Okay, so I need a moderate wide for my kit, and I'm looking at getting a moderately fast 35mm lens. I'm not interested in the Canon 35/2 as it has horrible rendering(IMO) and a bad focusing ring. The 35L is too expensive for me (I'm just a hobbyist).
I like manual focusing and actually prefer having the aperture setting on the lens, therefore I'm mainly looking at alt glass.
I've been looking at the Zeiss ZE Distagon 35/2 for quite some time, and it seems marvellous. The price is a bit off-putting though.
A cheaper option would be the Contax C/Y Distagon 35/2.8, which also is supposed to be a good performer and a lot cheaper than all the other options.
A third option would be getting the Leica R Summicron 35/2, which is a bit cheaper than the ZE Distagon. I prefer the the Zeiss rendering over Leica though.
Another choice would be waiting for the Samyang 35/1.4, but the price seems quite high considering it's a Samyang (supposed to be 400€, preorder in Finland for 530€)
EDIT: I forgot the Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4
Other option are of course welcome.