Just got one of these lenses. I had planned on a 100mm macro, but kind of got hooked by the size, in keeping with my down-sized lens collection. Well, it is a little more of a pain to use (than a longer macro) due to the short focal length, and critter photos may be out, but I'm still glad to have it. Very portable, it fits in my one back pack with all my equipment to date. The lens has a fantastic feel, and as all the Limited series lenses, is hand-assembled and largely metal. Even the lens cap is machined anodized aluminum, lol. It should shoot really nice normal photos, I'll be trying some soon. wide open: f8: I posted a couple of still lifes here.