8 out of 10 points and recommendedcheap, great image qualitynoisy when focusing
Got this lens second hand for $70 bucks, and it turned out to be my most loved lens. i still shoot film and i have this on my cam most of the time. i shoot mostly landscape and although 28mm is sometimes not wide enough, i get by pretty well with this baby.reviewed November 15th, 2006 (purchased for $70)
Focusing speed is slow and noisy, but not a big problem. good thing the front element doesn't move when you focus, so using a polarizer won't be a problem. Image quality is way better than any consumer zooms (even with mid range priced zooms).
One thing i like, it has almost exactly the same built as the older 50 1.8 mark I, which has a metal mount and a distance scale.
For digital shooters(with cropped sensors) who needs a normal lens, nothing can beat this lens for the IQ at this price.