>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! >
I owned the 24mm f2.8 D for a few years and recently sold it. Like you, I found that it was flare-prone even with the standard hood.
My "elegant" solution was usually my baseball cap or whatever else was handy. After a while I got tired of doing this and decided to sell the lens. Other than the flare problem, I found it extremely sharp and contrasty using film.