I just picked up a sweet little prime for my D200: the venerable 24-2.8 AF (non D). I was pretty set on a new, rebated 35-2 until I ran across a cherry 24 for $120.
It looked very sharp in the store and focused smoothly in both AF and MF modes. Now that I have shot about 30 exposures with it, I am very impressed with the sharpness, contrast/saturation, focus speed, and mechanical feel.
I have read that CA is problematic on later DSLRs, but I have yet to see anything, even shooting a few overexposed, backlit shots trying to induce it. Nothing yet.
What I have noticed is that it flares like the surface of the sun. The recommended hood looks kind of wimpy: has anyone dealt with this? I suppose I could carry around luncheon tray or a stop sign to shade it, but I'd like to find a more elegant and portable solution!
Anyone been shooting one of these gems for a while or have any other tales about them? I'll share one I read on the web today (so it must be true!): this was the favorite lens of the late, great Galen Rowell. Not a bad endorsement!
I'm kind of shocked at the 'bang-for-the-buck" ratio with this one. I think it's a great deal, though I wonder if I'm missing anything by not having the the later "D" version (though I'm not sure the difference is).