9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpness, build quality, priceCannot reverse the lens hood for storage, no HSM
After reading a lot of reviews I bought this lens and I have been very happy with it. It suits for macros (although I could use longer working distance some times) and also for portraits. Bokeh is quite good for macro, although some times the background can get a little busy. But better than most (if not all) macros around this focal length. And this lens is brutally sharp from corner to corner - even on full frame.reviewed June 19th, 2008 (purchased for $460)
Even though the focus is fast enough for my needs 95% of times, I would prefer to have a HSM version.
I can highly recommend this lens. Price/performance ratio is excellent!