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Brian, I guess I'll share with you some of my thoughts on this so far.
I've been looking for a zoom or prime that can hit something in the 20-24mm range very well. I don't think I'd want a prime wider than 20mm, as that's pretty wide. Anyway, I've been looking at:
Canon 24mm f/2.8 - No USM, but no big deal. Cheap, but not stellar build quality. From the reviews, optics seem to be hit or miss depending on the copy, but mostly hit. Right now this is probably my top candidate. But if I eventually get a 24-70mm 2.8L then that is probably comparable at 24mm to this prime. Would the prime then be a waste?..not sure
Canon 24mm f/1.4L II - Really want, but too expensive.
Canon 24mm f/1.4L I - The prices on this one have come down, but still too expensive
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 - Interesting option, but the reviews are hit or miss. Not sure if this is a big upgrade from the Canon 24mm 2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L I - Used seems to be going for $900-ish. I'm sure this is a good lens, but more than I'd like to pay. There's also a 17-35 floating around out there that's a bit cheaper I think, but not quite as good optically.
Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 - I have played with this one and like it, but at a similar price point the Canon 16-35mm 2.8 I might be preferable? Still a tad expensive.
Canon 17-40 f/4L - Right in my price range, but I'm turned off by the f/4. I've also heard mixed reviews on its optical qualities.
But again, I would probably prefer a prime lens in this range, but just don't feel like shelling out tons of money. Maybe that's what one has to do... :-/