I am frustrated by the lack of good compact and fast primes for AF DSLRs too, and spending $1500 for a 24/1.4 isn't really practical for me. What bugs me is that both Nikon and Canon (and Olympus) all made excellent, moderately priced, fast and compact f/2 primes in manual focus, so the lens designs are all worked out - but instead we are forced to choose between plastic crap lens, an expensive and bulky zoom, or totally over the top giant L lenses... Neither of which I want.