Wide and fast on a budget?

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Alpha Jack
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Wide and fast on a budget?
Nov 16, 2012

I lust after the 24 1.8Z, but just can't shell out $1k for it at this time so I started looking for manual focus alternatives.  I never noticed until now that regardless of brand and era, it seems that anything 24mm and wider that is faster than f2.8 is expensive.  An old Canon FD 24 1.4 pushes $1k and even a Samyang 24 1.4 cost $700 with an adapter.  (The CZ is starting to look like a real bargain.)  Regardless of mount can anyone suggest any alternatives?  Here is my criteria:

  • 24mm or wider
  • F2.0 or faster
  • Manual focus is okay
  • Any mount - I'll adapt
  • Under $500 US
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