This is probably one of the sharpest lenses you can purchase that is made by Nikon - PERIOD! This lens is used as a benchmark for which other lenses are held against. It has zero distortion and practically zero chromatic aberration. The lens design is very simple, with five groups & six elements. It does not require a lens hood based on its design. B&H Photo still sells this lens for $450. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/36984-USA/Nikon_1442_Macro_55mm_f_2_8_Micro.html Glass is free of scratches and free of mold, and lens performs excellently. Price is firm at $160. Contact Forrest (919) 801-4160 or with questions via e-mail. To see my E-bay feedback http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=snappyfotocow&ftab=AllFeedback This is a U.S. sale only. Shipment only to U.S. addresses and U.S. territories. Payment via paypal plus $22 for FED EX insured delivery (2-3 day most locations) which includes handling (packaging cost). I will upgrade FED EX service at cost, and will let you know the difference before I ship. Will ship United States Postal service for $18 insured - includes handling (packaging cost). - Priority Mail delivery with delivery confirmation.