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| p.1 #11 · Bower 24mm f/1.4 for $499 shipped! |
the 24 1.4 generally tested much more poorly than the samyang 14, 35, and 85, all of which tested very well. there were issues with claims of the lens really being an f2 (exposures very similar at f 1.4 and f2), and lenstip gave it a poor review, and photozone gave it a so so review. all that said, for the price, if you want 1.4, and can live without autfocus, its a nice lens. I always felt the 700 asking price was absurd. thier 35 1.4 has good for as little as 350.
If you want a 24 1.4, and you are on limited budget, go for it.
I think the truth of the matter is that a fast FF 24 is extremely hard to make. The Bower still reviewed better than the Canon L on Photozone. I do agree the $700 MSRP is pretty high, but considering the review and how much the L costs, it's not hard to believe. I think with time, as many things go, the price will/has come down.