That 24L must be a wonderful lens, inspite of the missing hyperfocal information.
I was prepared not to like AF when I got into my first Nikon D70. Now that I've learned how to use it properly, I love it and feel that it is more accurate than I was with a manual focus SLR in almost every situation. But there is a learning curve. Whether Nikon's AF is better than Canon's is moot, they are both good mature systems. Avoid the early generations of AF cameras though.
The Hexar AF has a really fine AF system - very fast and dead on - and I really can't find any complaints about it.