I did something that I almost never do, I pre-ordered a piece of gear. I was super excited when nikon announced the new version of the fast, cheap prime lens. I have owned the af-d version of this lens for quite a while and it is a steal at $140. This new version adds a new optical design that includes aspherical elements and an internal focus motor. The early reports suggest an overall improvement in image quality and a build quality worthy of a pro level lens. Maybe I am being foolish about this, but I was so pleased with the images that came out of the old af-d version that I couldn't wait to get my hand on this lens. The expected delivery date is late July / early august. I will let you know how it performs compared to the old one and if it is worth the price jump.