I do a lot of low light church photography: First communion, Confirmation, and I was shooting a lot at 3200 and 6400, usually 1/125 (so vibration control was never a plus). So yes I need 1.4 glass; I'll just inch closer and shoot a little wider.
A manual focus lens would be perfectly fine; I usually set these up on a tripod and stop down.......... so it doesn't have to be fast. Really this is the only time I forsee needing this lens. The rest of the time I'll stick to my new 35 ART, 85 1.8 Canon, and my 135L. When finances permit I believe I'll move up to an 85 ART.
Thanks for the thoughts. Others?
So you need 1.4 yet you are looking into a vintage 24/2.8 for this? I would think the 24-35/2 Dre suggested would be a better option.